: Fun premise, mixing the tropes of D&D-style tabletop gaming and Final Fantasy
-esque RPG combat, with the usual nods to post-Tolkien high fantasy worlds. There's a solid dose of fun pop culture references (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Mario Brothers in the sewer dungeon, to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Creature from the Black Lagoon in the seaside areas). And it's not just gratuitious name-checking either -- all of it is properly statted out and integrated into the gameplay.The Bad
: Admittedly, it's hardly ground-breaking stuff, especially if you're partial to comedy/parody RPGs. It's not quite as witty or clever as its web-based counterparts like Kingdom of Loathing
or Card Hunter
. But even as someone who liked both those games, I wasn't disappointed -- I'm now at 10 hours play time and counting.The Ugly
: Less-than-ideal game balance. It definitely appears to favor particular player/class combos over others, to the point that it's damn near impossible to last the higher levels with certain oddball party compositions, which kinda takes out some of the fun.