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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,276 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 18, 2013

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November 6

Knights of Pen & Paper Passes Perception Check and Reveals Haunted Fall Expansion - Available Today



Spooky New Adventure is Loaded with Fun Content and is Still Completely Timely Despite Claims that Halloween is Over

Paradox, while announcing this update with a perfectly straight face, insisted that every day of the year (not just Halloween) is a good time for ghosts, and reminded the world that there's another pumpkin-related holiday right around the corner. Haunted Fall brings enough content to Knights of Pen & Paper to overload a festive candy bucket, including new monsters, items, areas, skills, and jokes.

Come play with us matey, come play with us…

Get it for Mobile devices here!
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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
Helpful customer reviews
50 of 50 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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I Like:
+ sympathetic pen & paper flair
+ humorous dialogue and allusions
+ retro graphics style
+ many magic, special attacks and monsters
+ many extras

I Dont Like:
- little tactical options in combat
- somewhat monotonous background music

At one table sit three adventurers, in the middle of a path leading to a village with gliding 8-bit clouds. Have lost? It merely recognizes her back and pointed hat, horned helmet and hooded cape. Among stuck Nerd of the mage, the Jock warrior and Mr. John the thief.
In front of them sits the master, the By browsing in the rule book. If you tap on it, begins a charming role-playing theater.
Three players are available from the get go (the third costs a bit of money, but the group starts off in the black), and two more can be added later on with the purchase of a special item. Gold is found in abundance throughout the game, so these purchases aren’t major investments.

The group starts off in a dungeon - as is traditional - and they soon find themselves in “Default Village”, a town plagued by, you’ve guessed it, rats and bats.
Dialogue is as silly as the situations, with NPCs uttering awkward lines of text spawned from the imagination of an equally awkward Dungeon Master, and the party banter runs the gamut from members telling each other off for not roleplaying properly, to asking the dungeon master if female NPCs are “hot”.

Quests are a bit humdrum, not really deviating from the classic kill, fetch and escort scenarios. What sets them apart from traditional RPG fare is that the player takes command of the Dungeon Master, selecting the quest that they party will embark upon and the amount of monsters they will face. Unfortunately, once chosen, every quest devolves into fighting monsters.

What can you get at the store? Snacks such as pizza cost a whopping $ 60, but the consumption increased for fifteen minutes, the chance for critical hits.
You can have a drink also: Who makes a bottle of water for $ 90 on the table, enhance the effect of all potions by 35 percent. But even more interesting than the food is all the interior that makes the virtual role-play space not only pretty, but the adventure of the hero easier.
There are dozens of objects, books, furniture, clocks, carpets and tables made of glass, gold or granite - and they all give small bonuses. Who e.g. hang the card pays less for travel; with the clock decreases the time for crafting.

Knights of Pen & Paper +1 has a lot of charm, and a lot of game hours to go with it.
It would be fair to ask if the PC is a natural habitat for such a game, which would so perfectly fill the time spent on public transport or a break from work.
The charm that it exudes is undeniable, but this fails to stop it from feeling like a bit of a slog after only a few hours.

Score: 69 / 100


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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
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.

7/10 Recommended

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Alright, I love the game and all. I still can't seem to get enough after a year.

That being said, though, if you bought the normal version of it, and not Digital Deluxe, there's just no way to upgrade to Digital Deluxe. At all. All of that bonus content? You can't even get it on an alternate OS since it's Steam exclusive, so you're eternally screwed unless you use an alternate account and buy the full game all over again.

It's a ridiculous thing that should seriously be fixed.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If you've ever played an mmo like WoW and during the quests you would often get to get x amount of y thing or kill x amount of z monsters and you thought, "Holy crap that sounds, and is, like the most fun I have ever had!" then this game is for you!

It starts off grabing your interest with a prision escape and a cute art style and 'dnd' type set up, but quickly wears down into a slogging grind fest. There isn't any decisions to be made (As one would expect from a dnd game) or strategy, and there isn't even any dice rolling aside from travel or sleeping.

The classes are un balanced like crazy. The mage and the cleric are easily the best classes in the game. The rogue is in 3rd at average and the warrior and paladin are just complete garbage. The characters dont do anything story wise and there is no banter or personality to them.

The character sheets are pretty boring. Each character gets 3 active skills and 1 passive that you can level up. However the skills are just about asa basic and uninteresting as you can get. The mage has a fireball, Frostbolt, meteor, and mana increase skill. The Cleric has smite, heal all, heal one, and a damage debuff skill. The rogue has a stealth, double strike, disable, and posion skill. The warrior has a healing, damage debuff, cleave, and one more skill I forgot. And the paladin has a shield, heal, aggro strike, and defense increase skill. B-O-R-I-N-G!!!

You do have a nice selection of buyable items to give buffs thought. Various items/props/food and even the dm can be changed. I do think that is nice and adds some charm to the game. The equipable items however, are again boring +to stat upgrades. Nothing cool or interesting.

I hate not recommending this game as it is a solid concept that I hope to see expanded and improved in the future, but in its current state it just isn't worth your time or money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A great casual game. It really only has the one game mechanic, as if you're in a battle in a final fantasy game, or any turn-based RPG - Each turn you choose to battle / magic / item, and your party defeats monsters. An interesting aspect of this game is that you control the number and difficulty of most of the encounters. But graphically, there is not much beyond what you see in the trailer. Besides the world map, and the table where your party sits, you don't move around.

It could get boring for some, if you're not looking for an endless battle; but the game is as difficult or as easy as you choose to make it. I definitely think it's worth it, as a casual game. It's very easy to pick up and play a few minutes at a time, as there's no learning curve. There are enough random encounters, and it's well polished, this game will keep me entertained for hours.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Fun to play on the phone/tablet but on PC, it's kinda boring. We have better things to do on a PC than playing this game but in general it is an awesome game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A lot of fun, though I preferred playing it on Android.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
1º I was: mhhh let's give it a try, bought for 1,99 € on sale, first minutes, not bad, i can enjoy it, was the story goes WOW !!! Wat a awesome game !! Love it !

Just Need more magic recipes, and spells, but is a 5* game

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A really nice game which is addicting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
114.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Fun game, great RPG elements and lots of fun references, but I can't help but wish there was more - more customizable characters, more gearing options, more blacksmith upgrades, more content, and MUCH more to the story quests, it's a fun game that will grab your attention and keep it for awhile, but if it had just a bit more, it could be really great.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A great game to get hours out of.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Sit around a table, roll the dice and see what happens!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If your looking for a game that gives you that nostalgic feeling of old retro games and d&d-esque type games, this is for you. The combat is simple, the story is good, customization is up to you and the opportunities are worth it. A must-buy for everybody.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Let me first say that Its cute. Its user friendly. It has some funny moments.

Having said that, I feel this game is empty. I can handle slow paced and repetitive games but Knights of Pen and Paper is so slow, so repetitive, and so monotonous that I can't appreciate it even as a background distraction while multitasking. Any game so simple needs to compensate with good story depth, complexity, style, or pacing. This game delivers none of these.
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7 of 16 people (44%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
grindy ios game
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game is a pure grindfest, and the story is not interesting enough to make up for it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
bueno
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
What the helll, this shouldn't have a "Very Positive" overall review, what is wrong with these people. This is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Mobile game, filled with mobile gameplay gimmicks, there is no real challenge here, only repetitive grinding. Don't get me wrong, i think its actually a great mobile game, but for a steam PC game, its ridiculous, it shouldn't be here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but don't buy this, it should have stayed on mobile.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This is a free to play grind game with in app purchases, ported to PC.
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5 of 22 people (23%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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