Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience.
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Release Date: Jun 18, 2013

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Deluxier Edition

The Deluxier Edition of Knights of Pen & Paper includes the following bonus items:

  • Special Guest Character – A Yellow Wizard with passive MP +20
  • Farm Village Map – A new location that will allow players to farm experience efficiently. Also includes the exclusive Scarecrow monster!
  • Sci-fi Pack for Bedroom – This gives players 4 exclusive items to customize their “in-game, real-world room”
  • The Haunted Fall expansion!

About This Game

Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience.


As both the playing characters AND the game master, players can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded!


Choose from multiple classes, such as knights and mages, pick your characters to control those classes, like grandma or kid brother, and take on the loads of quests, monsters, items and equipment littered throughout Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition. Blacksmiths, enchanters, mining, gathering, hidden treasures and a whole lot more await, giving players a lot of room to personalize their gameplay experience.


Don’t wait any longer, the Pen & Paper world needs you!

Key Features


  • The ultimate pen and paper RPG simulation experience
  • Put together your own role-playing group complete with the game master, the role-players and their respective classes
  • Fight and explore your way through a perilous fantasy world to defeat the dark mage
  • Level up and get your hands on more gold to unlock epic items and gear for your party
  • As the game master, you can set up the fights yourself and choose how many monsters to battle
The +1 Edition includes these all new features:

  • New dungeons to explore with monsters, traps, treasures, and powerful bosses
  • The Tavern, a place to stash heroes and switch out party members
  • More options for characters to implement during battles, adding more depth and variation to fights
  • Extended campaign filled with lots of new content

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.4 or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10 or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
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RWBY
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
It is an interesting idea for a PC game and it is fun to play for a little while. It gets repetitive though.
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alfiechocolate
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Cool game, cool graphics, cute characters, nice story.

Really enjoyed it! :3
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SuperSandro2000
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Great little time waster.
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xKRAIZEEMANx
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Decent enough game that caused a sense of nostalgia. I come from the age of pen and paper RPGs, and this was why I purchased this game.

  • Nice time waster
  • Interesting taket on the old Pen and Paper RPGs
  • Fills us old folks with nostalgia
  • Will probably make you try to get your old gaming group back together
  • Graphics are definitely better suited for a mobile device (but let's face it, you aren't in this for the graphics)

I got this on sale (as most of us do with our games). Not sure about the $9.99 price tag, however. I can recommend this for a mobile device, as it is better suited for this type of game.
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MjKd
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Very fun game, ruined my life.
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Praxinoscope
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Nice but simple game. Great to take a quick break from work or studying.
Couldn't say I would play it for hours on end, but I do keep coming back.
Triggers the urge to play DnD... a lot!
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Katt
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I wish we could play DnD with my friends like this....errrm, maybe except dying.
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Barkie_Mailman
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Love this game!
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ScoobyDoobyDon't
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Another fun, old school feel type of game, kinda reminds me of the old fighting fantasy books I got into as a kid, back in the early 80's. lol. A lot of silly and fun quips from the players, nothing serious, very basic graphics, yet, fun all the same.
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Tiber Septim
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I woke up one day and this game was gone from my library. 0/10

Good game overall, though.
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mcantelon
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Retro RPG in look and feel. Not amazing, but has personality. The pros are gorgeous old-school pixel graphics and quirky humor. The big con is it gets very repetitive, so beware (but that's true of old RPGs as well).

I would have liked it to have move quicker as it seems long-ish. Worth playing for awhile, though, if you're in the mood for some mindless, time killing.
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pdalberg
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I liked it at first then i got tired of it then it was annoying so I refunded it
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dylan.bilyea
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Simple, yet entertaining.
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Tomato
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
too repetitive for my taste
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xSqueaky
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Has popups to by the DLC in the menus and in the game itself...
boring monotonous gameplay, not rewarding at all, terrible balance/progression curve
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Nihilist
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Its an okay game. Buy it if you need smtng to spend some hours.See how i said 'spend' instead of 'enjoy'.
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anonymous
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
I hate mindlessly grindy games but then I loved this.Wish it had more humor to it though.
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kotngotn
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
At first, Knights of Pen and Paper was VERY fun. I enjoyed the little jabs the GM gave, I felt like I was being challenged fairly, it felt like I was playing a fun little tabletop. I even bought the Halloween DLC because I was having such a good time with it.

But then the challenges became SO exhausting. Toward the end it feels like you're just stuck in mud and can't progress no matter how high you level up. It stopped being fun and became a chore. If you enjoy grinding this game could be for you.

Personally, not a big fan.
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Daler Mehndi
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
This is nothing combined to the amount of time I played on my phone which is ~80 hours.
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Lennu11
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
First of all, there was an update that killed save files, which is a big problem for an RPG of this length. I wasn't interested in replaying the first ten hours of the game, so I've never played it since then. I'm not really sure what the developers were thinking. It was an old game when the patch came out, so the loss of save files was definitely unexpected.

Also, it's pretty dumb that if you already have some of the DLC from buying the +1 Edition, you can't just buy the extra DLC you're missing without rebuying it with the base game. Come on now.

As for the game itself, I would rate as so-so. The theme and art is top-notch, but everything else becomes kind of a drag as you keep playing. There's way too many boring encounters. Some of the areas seem really poorly balanced-- I went into a dungeon with a level rating lower than my party's, and was basically insta-killed (had zero problems up to that point). You might like it a little better than I did if you're a big fan of grindy RPGs, because there's a LOT of grinding. What kept me playing was the witty writing, but it wasn't quite strong enough to carry the game on its own.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
At first, Knights of Pen and Paper was VERY fun. I enjoyed the little jabs the GM gave, I felt like I was being challenged fairly, it felt like I was playing a fun little tabletop. I even bought the Halloween DLC because I was having such a good time with it.

But then the challenges became SO exhausting. Toward the end it feels like you're just stuck in mud and can't progress no matter how high you level up. It stopped being fun and became a chore. If you enjoy grinding this game could be for you.

Personally, not a big fan.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
7.1/10 - An RPG Focused on Battles!

This is an interesting twist to the RPG genre; Battles similar to an RPG maker, but with a little more freedom. There is no exploration, just a map view, battles and quests. You can dictated the number of enemies you face and build a team up to (5) players.

The game is ultra-focused on the combat so I did get bored after a few hours. I personally wouldn't pay full price for this game; but on sale it's worth the pick-up.

Worth $4-5 if you enjoy RPG fights!

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Ever want to play to play Dungeons and Dragons but find that people are weird, smelly, gross, and always are taking the good loot, fudging their character sheet, or destroying your carefully planned quest line? Do you enjoy pixel styled graphics? Well the good news is this game has got you covered on most of those points. Go adventure and save some people and the world! All without leaving your house, or inviting people to your house to eat all your food, leave your toliet seat up, digust/impress you with their hygine or lack thereof, or interact with any people at all!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
It's like Dungeons & Dragons, minus the need for friends. One time I was playing this and 5 hours ended up passing before I realized it when I thought I had only been playing for 2 hours. 15/18

But seriously though, it's like DnD, except you control everything that happens, from how many enemies you fight in each encounter (most of the time) to which quests you do to how many characters you have in your party at one time.

It's a pretty meta game, calling upon/calling out various things you'd normally find in a DnD campaign and other tropes relative to table top RPGs, but at the same time it's pretty genre savvy in and of itself, so if you're familiar with these kinds of games, you'll probably get a kick outta the dialogue.

There's also a sequel available too if you like this then be sure to check that one out as well.
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31 of 59 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
There's the outline of a good game here maybe, but they didn't bother to fill in the outline, just plugged in generic filler
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
If you enjoy casual gaming, fantasy gaming, ever watched the D&D cartoon when you were a kid, ever played a tabletop book and dice RPG, or played any of the similar console or PC based titles and enjoyed them. Then there is likely no way you will not enjoy this game immensly.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Recent patch disabled launch window. To open with launch window, hold ctrl while launching. (Only way to currently change resolution).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
this game is incredibly fun and addicting. you can easily get lost in it for hours or pop in for a short session when short on free time, and it's rewarding either way. it has the perfect balance of challenge and ease with just the right amount of silliness thrown in. I love going to new areas and finding all of the pop culture references in the backgrounds
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
This game is literally 8-bit Dnd. it is fantastic! If you like rp'ing or like rpg's or story games, its a lot of fun. or if u like rogue like aspects in games and a good challenge. this game can provide that :) it is a very relaxing game to play since it only requires the mouse to click, you can lay down and play ^_^ very fun game 10/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Fun in small doses.
The gameplay is kind of charming and casual. But the lack of any useful keyboard controls really makes it painful to play on pc.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Get it while it's on sale, the game is incredibly repeatative, even counting in it's roots as a mobile game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Updates deleted saves... twice. The cardinal rule in long games is to ensure save game compatibility across patches. They broke this rule.

Other than that, the game itself is pretty straight forward and repetitive. There are some interesting things, but generally you do the same combos over and over to defeat enemies that don't really require any thought.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
I can farm mobs at the "Farming Village." What's not to like?
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556 of 682 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2013
Knights of Pen & Paper, originally for iOS, is a turn-based RPG with a novel concept: you take on the role of real-life players in a tabletop game. The camera is set behind a table where up to five of your characters are seated, with the dungeon master on the other side leading you through the story. Dialogue tends to be humorous and frequently goes out of character.

The game begins with character creation, where you must assign your players a real-life persona and one of a dozen traditional RPG classes, each with four skills. The actual gameplay takes place around your table, as if you’re in the middle of all the action, and consists of traveling to locations on a world map and completing quests, which are really just more battles in disguise. In fact, the entire game is simply one battle after another and becomes very repetitive, very fast.

As expected, level-ups provide stat bonuses and allow you to upgrade your skills and wear better equipment. Armor and weapons may only be improved at the blacksmith, but each character has four additional slots for equipping various accessories. In addition to in-game shops, there is a “real-life” shop where you may purchase snacks that provide temporary buffs for your players, as well as decorations and furniture that confer permanent bonuses.

Overall, Knights of Pen & Paper is passable in the context of mobile gaming but completely forgettable when compared to quality games on the PC platform. Considering the price is $9.99 on Steam vs a mere $2.99 on iOS and Android, it’s borderline offensive that the devs left in-app purchases in the game, allowing you to buy gold with your Steam wallet funds. Such a shameless exhibit of its mobile origins is a fitting red flag for a game that also fails to break away from the shallow, repetitive gameplay those origins typically entail.
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152 of 191 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
64.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Throwback RPG which does almost everything right that’s good with the genre; great XP system, classes, skills, character, achievement and item unlock systems - a great game.
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99 of 115 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
I admit, I miss tabletop gaming. I miss the DM trying to kill off my characters. I miss creating ridiculously out-of-the-box characters. Heck, I miss the days of popcorn, Mountain Dew, and just hanging out and rolling some dice. Those days have been gone for me quite some time ago, and yet playing a little game called Knights of Pen and Paper reminded me of those good old days.

Knights of Pen and Paper attempts to mimic tabletop gaming for an accessible audience. Players start by selecting three noobs to join the adventuring party, along with their class and starting skill. Like any tabletop RPG, as the adventuring party explores, kills baddies, and completes quests, they earn experience to level up and gain more skills. Each party member gets one skill point every time they level up and can only put points into one of four skills. While this creates simplicity for those unfamiliar with RPGs, it doesn't provide a lot of variety.

In fact, variety is what Knights of Pen and Paper struggles with throughout its twenty hour campaign. Although the backgrounds mimic an 8-bit style, there isn't much in terms of detail or design. The soundtrack loops, but it feels like there's only three tracks in the entire game. Although there's plenty of classes in the game, many of them are locked and the requirements for unlocking them appear random. The base classes — paladin, mage, cleric, etc. — while classic, are trapped with only four skills, which wouldn't be the case in tabletop gaming.

While variety isn't the game's strong suit, accessibility is. It provides a simple turn-based battle system wherein players can select between attack, skill, defend, item, and flee. This makes for an easy learning experience, but it lacks any real depth that a tabletop game has. The game is also surprisingly grindy, and while it does a great job of teaching players what to expect in encounters (usually enemies three to five levels higher than the adventuring party), it's a bit crazy how much players will have to stop and grind because it's not entirely on par with the party's level. It feels like the developers set out to make a simple RPG to give players the feel of tabletop gaming, but the combat could have benefitted from actual dice rolls on screen to indicate whether or not the player's characters succeeded or fail in their actions. However, with the grindy combat, perhaps adding dice rolls would have just made everything take longer than provide more accessibility. Still, the combat lacks depth and it needs something else to make it a more engaging process.

Dice rolling does exist within Knights of Pen and Paper, it's just not as frequent as it should be. Dice rolls occur when players travel between areas, failures leading to battles, successes leading to safety. Dice rolls occur when players are mining for grindstones or moving through dungeons. These elements are done well and are fairly straightforward, but this game would really benefit if it was implemented into all actions, especially if its goal is to mimic tabletop games. What's further disappointing is the campaign itself. While the writing is charming and hilarious, the majority of the quests are either escort missions, collecting items, slaying some bad dudes, or traveling from place to place for plot purposes. The amount of backtracking in this game is brutal and inexcusable, and even the adventuring party complains about it. It goes back to that problem of accessibility versus variety — on one hand, the campaign should be easy to learn and follow along, on the other hand there should be more to do than then the standard affair. The charm in the writing, and even its awkward translation errors, can only go so far and will likely leave veteran RPGamers wanting something more substantial.

However, Knights of Pen and Paper does succeed in its overall atmosphere. Players get the sense of gamers hanging out, bantering, and asking to pass the Mountain Dew. There is an overal sense that the Dungeon Master is out to kill the adventuring party, and the back and forth within the writing really does work well. The graphics and music, though overly simplistic, are vibrant and give the feeling that players are on an adventure and there is loot to be had. The game is also a fantastic time waster because in its lack of depth it success at being the type of mindless game where players find themselves going, "just one more quest." Considering all of the game's flaws, it admittedly succeeds in the one area that for some people matters most: it's actually fun.

There are some perks in Knights of Pen and Paper's PC release that differ from the original mobile version. For starters, it allows players to leave party members at the tavern, and bring a new adventurers into the party. They can roll for a new character and not feel like they have to start their entire campaign from scratch. There's also an extended campaign for those who want to explore more of what the game has to offer, and there's tons of new dungeons and loot to acquire. The main campaign can be completed in around twenty hours, with the extended campaign offering quite a bit of repaly value. There's also tons of items that can be purchased in shops that can give added bonuses to various stats, which is a nice cosmetic feature.

Knights of Pen and Paper is a sweet little throwback to the days of pen and paper gaming, but its simple approach may not be enough to entice every RPGamer. Yes, the combat is simplistic, but it's fast and easy to roll with. Sure, the story is simple, but it's cute in its presentation. Knights of Pen and Paper's imperfections are many, and yet it's completely easy to sink time into. It's straightforward in its approach and yet, despite its flaws and frustration, I kept playing. Knights of Pen and Paper will never offer gamers a deep experience, but it offers mindless gameplay that admittedly can keep you coming back for more.

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55 of 64 people (86%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
I don't know where and when I got this game...
But... This game...
This game is awesome!

I liked the overall parody feel about it while it has a strong and solid work about delivering action and plot in moderation, getting some loud laughs from me here and there. The battle is unforgiving, so you always have to be focused, despite it being turn-based. The difficulty is adjustable in a manner "How frisky you are today?", taking on anything between 1 and 7 rats or elite monsters. The open-ended way the characters are presented lets you use your imagination. I do feel like playing a table top sheets'n'pens while playing this. Yes, the feel of every character is an illusion, but it's a very-VERY well made illusion.

Another point is the building difficulty: Items give you stats that you barely see. Levels give you damage that you barely see. Hp and Mana regen is earned by tears and sweat dripping down your inner thigh. All this while enemy shamelessly uses lifesteal and applies crazy bleeding stacks. Some battles will be so tight that you will stain your undergarments a bit and still lose because of the enemy randomly preferring your rouge to your fully buffed granny paladin. You will put a sleep on a DoT'ed enemy and lose your healer because of that, and you will spend 4 times the money you earned in that battle to revive your team. You will even spend 2k on upgrading your sword and still get nothing in return because you are a looser and you will have no money to leave the god forsaken town.
But... You know... That's what's good about this game... That's what's your adventure is. And you should not just accept it, but have tons of fun while at it!

I would like to say thank you to the developers. I've seen a lot of attempts to do what they achieved in this game and i think they did it better than anyone else I've seen so far, including UnEpic and Magicka, the first being too far away and the second being a bit too silly. But this game, oh, this game grabs the bull by his modesty and makes him enjoy it so much that he's ashamed afterwards, but he begs for more.

Highly recommend.
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94 of 127 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
Guys, microtransactions are removed!


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Now this game gets a +50% rating improvement on the scale of ambiguity.
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