|a game by||Worldwalker Games|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Games Where Choices Matter, Tactical RPG|
Worldwalker Games brings us Wildermyth, an interesting deconstruction of the RPG genre with a special focus on narrative over stats. Unlike so many other RPGs out there, Wildermyth sets itself apart due to its clever use of decisions in your plot instead of tedious grinding.
If you feel like levels are a relic from the past in games, then we’re glad to tell you that the developers of Wildermyth seem to be on your side. Many of the narrative choices you make through your adventure will define the abilities of your characters, meaning that every adventure you embark on feels unique and fresh.
A Fresh Take on the Classic RPG Formula
Wildermyth is a turn-based tactical RPG that whose gameplay seems to be heavily inspired by games like X-COM or the Final Fantasy Tactics series. Players engage enemies in a grid and take turns to defeat their enemies.
The twist here is that not everything in Wildermyth revolves around combat: some segments of the game can be peace periods where your characters grow outside of battle. Narrative and procedurally-generated storytelling are a huge part of Wildermyth’s appeal.
Each character you create has its own unique skills and stats, meaning that no two games ever feel the same. You also get a great amount of control over every decision your characters make over the course of their journey. Each decision you make in your story might be a pivotal moment that decides how the campaign you’re playing will turn out in the long run.
A Pantheon of Heroes
As your story progresses, your starting characters grow older and more powerful. Should one of your heroes fall in battle, you’ll be given the option of making them retreat (at the cost of diminished stats) or let them perish and be remembered for their exploits.
Each of your heroes might be chosen to come back in later playthroughs, as you elevate them to a pantheon of gods. This means that in Wildermyth you have full control over almost every aspect of the world-building process, including making your own mythology.
The procedurally-generated aspect of the game also means that replayability is almost endless. As you mix and match abilities and skills to create the ultimate hero, you might find new and creative ways to make the game easier, or to challenge yourself even further.
Looks Aren’t Everything
While Wildermyth might be an amazing RPG, it’s certainly not a looker. Its visual style is somewhat reminiscent of the old-school pen and paper tabletop games: think Paper Mario meets Divinity: Original Sin. The game’s rendered in 3D, but the character are displayed as 2D cardboard cutouts.
Even though this style can certainly be appealing, the character’s art might not be to everyone’s liking. That’s just a matter of preference, though, as the art does just fine bringing the 2D characters to life, and accurately portraying the changes the characters go through as they evolve in the story.
Wildermyth might still be in early access, but it already seems to be shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG experience. The emphasis on narrative over combat does wonders for the game’s storytelling, and it certainly makes you feel like you’re in control of crafting your own world.
The art might be a little simplistic for some tastes, but don’t let that small detail sour your experience with Wildermyth, as it’s a small but charming game that will certainly become an indie classic.
- Excellent procedurally-generated story
- Almost endless replayability
- Unique approach to character creation
- Art style might not be to everyone’s liking
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP