This week, the Humble Weekly Bundle has donned its wizard hat and is taking you through a bunch of RPGs.
Let’s quickly list the games, and then we’ll talk about quality. Shh, no tears. Only tiers, now.
Paying whatever you want nets you FATE: Hero Bundle, Paper Sorcerer, and bit Dungeon 2. Plump for more than the average (currently $4.95) and you’ll also get Pier Solar and the Great Architects, SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition, and Rollers of the Realm. Opt for the $8 tier and you’ll also get your hands on Agarest: Generations of War: Collector’s Edition.
FATE is an old but much-beloved ARPG dungeon-crawler that’s apparently really rather special. I know I’ve played Paper Sorcerer but I’m having a very hard time remembering much about it; I think it was a Wizardry-esque turn-based RPG with a really lovely graphical style, but don’t quote me on that. bit Dungeon 2 is a mashup of Zelda, Dark Souls, and Diablo‘s loot system. Pier Solar and the Great Architects is a homebrew turn-based RPG originally developed for the Mega Drive/Genesis, now re-released on PC with extra prettiness. SanctuaryRPG is a wonderful little ASCII time-wasting RPG that relies entirely on picking options off a menu, and it’s a very good way to kill half an hour at any given moment. Rollers of the Realm is a pinball RPG combination that Peter quite enjoyed. Finally, Agarest: Generations of War is a Japanese SRPG in which your dating skills actually play a part in your future success, what with the game’s plot spanning multiple generations.
I can’t comment on the $8 tier because I’ve yet to play Agarest, but I’m sorely tempted by the beat-the-average tier. SanctuaryRPG is great if you don’t mind some ASCII silliness, I’m really intrigued by Rollers of the Realm, and bit Dungeon 2 looks very appealing. I can vaguely vouch for Paper Sorcerer on the basis that it’s probably been fixed quite a lot since I first played it, and the internet seems to love FATE and Pier Solar, at least.
Take a look for yourself over on the Humble Weekly Bundle page, and decide if this slew of time-killing RPGs is your sort of thing.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.