In a story where everything is left to be written, become the muse who unfolds a brand new adventure.
Epistory is the adventure of a writer in lack of inspiration who asks his muse for help to write his latest book. The game immerses you in an atmospheric third person action / adventure game in 3D with the particularity of only being played with the keyboard.
In Epistory you play the muse, a fictional character in a world where everything is left to be written. Your adventure begins on a blank page, but the world will soon become larger and livelier as you gather inspiration, face enemies and solve its mysteries. From movement to opening chests or fighting in epic battles, every element in the game has its own fun way to ask you to type.
As you progress and explore the world, the paper world expands in the writer’s mind, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.
Play as the muse riding a giant 3 tailed fox lost in a unique fantasy 3D environment
Solve mysterious puzzles and defeat enemies in challenging epic combats
You are in the writer’s head, unfolding the story as you explore the world
All words you type have a meaning and might influence the outcome of the story
One of its kind typing game where everything is keyboard controlled (qwerty, azerty, qwertz, dvorak support)
Arenas with leaderboards for players who want a challenge (coming up)
Steam integration (leaderboards, achievements, workshop, trading cards) (coming up)
I fell in love with Epistory first because of the graphics - the origami style is visually stunning and original and it catches your attention immediately. Then I started playing it... and it became one of my favourites games ever, probably in the top 5. It's clearly the product of love - the graphic and the music are awesome and they really set you in the game. Those are just the packaging, though, what about the game in itself? I can honestly say that's as stunning as it appears. The concept at the core is quite simple - as the title say, it's a typing game; but it has also rpg-y themes that gives it a little bit of strategy, too... going up in level gives you point you can use to buy skills that will help you both with puzzles and with combat. During the story you unlock different powers that can freeze enemy or burn them, and so on, so you both can choose your favourite strategy and *have* to pay attention to enemies who can be hurt just by something in particular. You can easily see that it's not quite a basic typing game. The way the story unfolds by being written on the world map, and the way the world map itself unfolds are just the cherry on top of a really awesome cake!
On first glance, Epistory seems like your typical typing game, which wouldn't attract most gamers. But what's so interesting in this game is that it tries to blend both RPG elements and action adventure into the typing genre. Combat is handled through words that appear over enemies, with the length/difficulty and number of words scaling with their strength (as well as your own typing speed, meaning you'll get more difficult words if you're better at typing). Later on, you'll also start to unlock different elemental damages for your attacks which can lead to really challenging fights. On top of these really interesting mechanics, the game is also absolutely drop dead gorgeous! The world is intricately designed to look like Origami, which you try to unfold along with the story. As far as the story goes, it will kind of random and not really noteworthy but the ending makes it absolutely worth it. Epistory is definitely one of the better games I've played in a while, I'm looking forward to whatever these guys come up with next.
Fantastic fun! This game looks great, sounds great, tells an engaging story, and has a phenomenal typing mechanic. As you walk around, you interact with the environment and attack enemy insects by typing words. You'll also learn special abilities that will imbue your words with special power. Fire will burn the next word for multiple-word enemies or light torches and bushes on fire if used on the environment. Ice will freeze an enemy in place or freeze water. Spark will zap multiple enemies at once or activate electric devices. Wind will push enemies back or activate wind turbines. These abilities can greatly sway combat in your favor, allowing for interesting strategies to tackle the larger enemies or hordes of smaller insects. I found spark to be the most effective as attacking several enemies simultaneously is a huge help when facing a large swarm of insects. Later battles require you to use specific powers on specific enemies, so you'll need to constantly shift between your abilities while holding back the swarm of insects. The map is broken up into several areas that you can unlock as you explore, as well as metroidvania aspects that reward you for revisiting areas you've explored previously. There are also several simple puzzles to the game, so you're not merely walking around and just typing words. The one thing I didn't like about the environment is it let's you access Chapters out of order. This doesn't affect the game at all, but I'd rather unlock the story linearly. The game features an adaptive difficulty, so you should enjoy it regardless of whether or not you're a dual finger-wielding keyboard pecker or a proficient typist. I type at 90+ words per minute, and I felt challenged playing this game. Part of the challenge here is that the words will overlap or blend into the environment, making it difficult to see what you're supposed to type. Also, the Wind-specific font color is very similar to the generic font color, so it's often difficult to tell when an insect needs to be attacked with wind. This leaves you typing a word repeatedly wondering why the insect won't die. TLDR Pros: - Great storytelling - Great voice acting - Adaptive difficulty - Beautiful environment and art style - Interesting, fun, and challenging typing mechanic - Great merging of words into the environment - Supports large selection of keyboard layouts, including QWERTY, AZERTY, and DVORAK Cons: - Words can be difficult to read during combat (stack on top of each other, blend in with background, move quickly, etc) - Able to progress story non-linearly - Difficult to tell which enemies must be attacked with Wind - Inaccurate typing statistics -- words per minute is recorded anytime words are on the screen, regardless of whether or not you're typing them -- game records an error if you switch to a new word before finishing the first one (sometimes you need to do this to attack a fast-approaching enemy) - Difficult to switch between abilities during heavy combat - Uses several esoteric words for big enemies, making you have to try and read the word letter-by-letter to see what you're supposed to type (refer to Con #1 to see why this is bad)
Epistory is one of thew most unique games I've ever played , it has a very interesting concept where the game unfolds ahead of you like an origami , you play as a girl who's riding on the back of her fox trying to find their way in the mysterious paper world. at first i found the controls weird , you can move around with J I E F, which is weird they tell you it's recommended for better typing experience , you can switch to WASD but your hands would be on one side of the keyboard and you will suffer when trying to play the game as it picks up the pace in speed, writing this review feels much faster now I've tried it . when you move about across paper islands in the sea , you encounter obstacles , you need to press Space and switch to typing mode to type whatever word appears above the obstacle and that obstacle will be destroyed ,removed or whatever depending on it's nature, it's very simple yet very important. you will read the story on the grounds as you move, and you can find upgrades by finding magical chests in the forests and upgrade your abilities like jumping further or increasing movement speed, you will be attacked by other creatures at times and you need to type to kill them, it's pretty fun and i love it since i'm a fan of typing of the dead. some areas i found were locked because it's still in early access, hope it will progress faster because i'm curious about the story and the locations they have locked. graphics are amazing and look very colorful and cute, the music also is very soothing and picks up when you get attacked. this simply is a must play.
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