Abbey Games has been updating Renowned Explorers frequently since release, and is committed to improve the game every two weeks for at least the rest of 2015. The Mali Mystery is a one-time DLC, granted freely to any existing and future players.
The original game allows you to travel to a number of expeditions around the world, which each yield procedurally generated adventures that adapt to your characters. With the Mali Mystery free DLC players get a whole new location to travel to, including new stories, environments, NPCs, and most importantly: treasures! Due to the procedural generation, character-specific stories and added treasures, this results in many hours of extra playtime and an even greater variation of strategies.
Renowned Explorers is about becoming the most renowned explorer. While Renowned Explorers already pits you against your rival Rivaleux, the Leaderboards update will make sure you can start rivalries with your Steam friends. The update also introduces local leaderboards so that it’s easier to keep track of your own campaigns around the world.
“It's a great idea, and the set-up suggests a light-hearted sense of adventure that tactical turn-based games rarely seem to pursue.” - PC Gamer - Phil Savage
“...it’s an intriguing game of procedural exploration, with a few tricks concealed within its tactical trousers.” - Rock, Paper Shotgun - Adam Smith
“Abbey Games may not be a name you immediately recognize, but its god game Reus received some much-deserved attention. The studio has announced its new project, Renowned Explorers - International Society...” - Destructoid - Jordan Devore
Renowned Explorers: International Society is a strategy adventure game set in the 19th century.
Explore the far corners of the world in the age of discovery, outsmart your rivals, campaign for fame and become the most Renowned Explorer of the 19th century
Live your own adventures; get to know your explorers with their own character traits, skills and quirks, manage their progression while hunting for the most prestigious treasures
Prepare your treasure hunt; collect Insight, Research, Gold and Status on your expeditions to acquire supplies and support for the next adventure
Attitude-based gameplay; choose the best course of action by engaging your opponents physically and mentally using charm, deception, intimidation or a show of force
There is always something new to discover in the thrilling procedurally generated expeditions, where your reputation opens up new opportunities Take command of a hand-picked group of diverse explorers and travel across the globe in search of legendary treasures while staying ahead of your rivals. Earn prestige in the International Society and become the world's most Renowned Explorer!
Visit lost temples, forgotten cities and untamed wilderness to discover magnificent treasures. Find your way past wolves, smugglers and angry locals to become known as a fearless explorer. Every expedition has challenging encounters and your nemesis Rivaleux will take any chance to thwart your efforts.
Select your band of adventurers carefully! Each of the 20 explorers has their own expertise and character traits when dealing with conflicts. Choose among Fighters, Scouts, Speakers and Scientists and find out the best way to use their talents.
Acquire knowledge, get rich, or become famous by completing procedurally generated expeditions. Use these resources to get the skills, support and equipment you need for your next endeavor.
Approach the locals consciously when running into a conflict; Fight them with Melee, Ranged and Area of Effect attacks, win them over using Cheers, Charms and Compliments, or scare them away by Insults, Taunts and Humiliation Every encounter is a new challenge with many solutions and it's up to you to build a reputation. Are you a diplomat, a schemer or a fighter..?
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Renowned Explorers: International Society is a very interesting game revolving around randomized exploration, turn-based combat and mild RPG elements. You can play it as a roguelite (which in my opinion is what the game was designed for) or you can play a more forgiving mode, in which you get to retry an encounter if the health of all your characters drops to 0 (on the contrary, if this happens in the former mode, your campaign will be over and you'll have to start from scratch). Overall, the ideas behind this game and the way all the elements are combined make REIS feel like a very original game. Unfortunately, it suffers from a bit of repetitiveness (not unlike its predecessor, Reus), so it's best purchased if you plan to get the DLC (More to Explore) at the some point to extend its lifespan.
The name definitely doesn't indicate what you get with this game. Exploration does happen quite a bit, but it's closer to a management game. When you discover new lands, you can go in seeking knowledge, friendship, or domination and have many tactis you can implement for each. It's not on a 4X level of strategy, but it has enough depth to keep the pace fast and fun.
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