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Game News Legends of Amberland Released

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown; Silver Lemur Games

    The final release of the day is Legends of Amberland: The Forgotten Crown, the Might & Magic-inspired retro blobber which came out on Early Access just four months ago. There were plenty of updates in between but there's no new launch trailer, so I'll just post the game's description here:

    Inspiration:
    The game is a classic western RPG inspired by the games from the 90s. Basically, it’s the kind of game I personally find missing nowadays. Light, fairy tale, epic, heroic and slightly humorous. One that does not take tons of hours to complete or require endless grind to progress. Something that caters to players like me who don’t have tons of hours to beat one game but still like to play and have a sort of nostalgia for the way games were made in the old days.

    It was inspired by Dungeon Master, Eye of The Beholder 2, Might & Magic 3-5, Crystals of Arborea (a not so well known prequel to Ishar series), GoldBox series (Champions of Krynn, Dark Queen of Krynn, etc).

    Core Design Choices:

    1) Classic, 90 degree rotation, FPP, turn-based, tile movement RPG.
    2) Party-based (7 heroes, either predefined or manually assembled upon new game).
    3) Open world with a big overworld to explore.
    4) Fast paced combat. Quick travel. Easy inventory management. No grind.
    5) Light, fairy tale like fantasy, epic story about heroes on a noble quest.

    Mechanics:

    Mechanically it’s 100% turn based (so you can go and make tea in the middle of a fight) with grid movement and 90 degree rotation. All this is very fast paced, both combat and travel is really fast. The goal was to cut down the boring parts and flesh out the fun parts.
    Overall, the mechanics are pretty traditional and straightforward with modern additions like weightless bag combined with equipment encumbrance system.

    World and Storyline:

    Storyline is a fairy tale, mythical heroic fantasy. You are the good guys on a quest to fight the forces of evil. The world is non linear, with very few locked areas. You basically can go anywhere and do things in different order. In addition you can choose a different set of quests to finish the game (but those are not mutually exclusive, so you can finish all quests if you like). It’s more world driven than story driven. The priority was to make the world feel alive and let you explore it as you wish than follow a linear list of quests.

    The game starts when the royal wizard finds out about an old crown that belonged to the royal family for generations. Yet, strangely no one ever heard about the crown and there was just a single mention of it in the royal annals. Upon further study he discovered that there has been cast a powerful spell of forgetfulness of unknown origin which caused everyone in the whole land to forget the crown ever existed. Without knowing who or why someone went to such trouble to conceal the existence of the crown he decided to investigate it. He summoned a party of noble heroes and tasked them with finding whereabouts of the mysterious crown and the origin of the spell.

    FAQ:
    Q: How long it takes to beat the game?
    A: According to Early Access players it can take between 20 and 50 hours to finish the game (I estimate a typical playthrough would be 25-40 hours for most players).

    Q: Can I create party members or are they predefined?
    A: Yes, you can create all party members upon start if you wish (there is also a quick start option).​

    Legends of Amberland can be yours for $20 over at Steam, with a 10% launch discount until next week. Details about the game's 1.00 update are available here.
     
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  2. Dorateen Arcane

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    Oh, frabjous day! Just like the Mayor of Castleview exclaimed back in Darkside of Xeen

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  3. nil Cipher

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    Seems like a cool game! Does it have shadows?
     
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  4. mindfields Learned

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    $20 for a game that Isles of Terra looks better than, hmmm.
     
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  5. Valky Cipher Manlet

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    Best news since Grimoire was release.
     
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  6. ArchAngel Arcane

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    Looks like a blobber tablet game I play while shitting. Seems like a good shit game, bring it to android.
     
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  7. KeighnMcDeath Learned

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    That's right, I forgot GOG won't have this. Time to pull out my steam-slut laptop with steam and other crappy "on-line only" programs installed..... maybe.
     
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  8. The Avatar Learned

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    Can't comment on the gameplay because I haven't played it, but if you're going for retro look- you can at least make sure your pixels are the same size.
     
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  9. Valky Cipher Manlet

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    He has a non steam version on his website.
     
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  10. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    Guddu jobbu!
     
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  11. Chateaubryan Cipher

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    Well this one got me interested.
     
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  12. Rpguy Cipher

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    Finished it, it's focused on combat, there are no puzzles or riddles and no random loot. Took me about 20+ hours and I did everything/visited every square on the map.
     
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