In this strategic rogue-like you become a famous expedition leader in the 19th century. You form your own crew with the skills and personality to discover legendary treasures, while exploring randomized locations and stories on every new adventure.
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Release Date: Sep 2, 2015

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July 19

Patch #18: Shangri-Love and more.


Following renewed interest in the game, we're continuing work on Renowned Explorers through at least August. For now, that means a fresh patch #18, with juicy content and a ton of balance and fixes!

Let's go through some of the highlights. If you rather read the full patch notes, check here.

Shangri-La
With the More To Explore expedition we released the Lost Island, a 5-star alternative to Shangri-La. It has proven very popular and many players like it better than the Tibetan expedition both in terms of fun and game value. To help Shangri-La back up to its legendary status, we created new content and did some balance changes and fixes in both expeditions. Visit Shangri-La for a new treasure and some new events!

Captain Hatice
Hatice has a new captain perk! Many people don't know that the silent Hatice is a brilliant investor. It explains, feeds and expresser her greed. In Patch #18 we've made this into a new captain perk for her: Investor: +10 Collect at the start of each expedition. Gain 2 insight if you end an expedition with 50 Collect or more. Can you achieve a proper Return of Investment?

No-one escapes destiny
Over time Renowned Explorers has developed a dedicated community of Weekly Challengers. We never expected this competitive part of the game to become a community focus, but now that it is, we felt the need to work on some randomness issues to disincentivize constant reloading. Roll-games and encounter arenas are now pre-determined at island generation, so that when you fail a challenge, you won't be able to succeed in it by reloading the game. There are also some miscellaneous fixes for exploits.

More adventuring
On top of the above, Adriaan worked on a lot of balance to make the game more fun, based on community feedback. There are changes in cards, entourage, treasures, events and encounters. Check the full patch notes to find out more, or just start-up the game already ;)

Have fun on your adventures!

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June 14

Patch #17: Community Unlocked New Cities and Stories



The More To Explore release is just two weeks ago but it's already time for new content. Patch #17 adds the content that was unlocked in the 48-hour Community Content Challenge in which a whopping 190 explorers joined forces to unlock all tiers of content. So, what's new?

New Cities (Tier 3)
The sheriff of San Francisco and the king of Muscat are very impressed with the spirit of the Renowned Explorers. To attract more renown to their own cities, they've opened up new facilities for explorers! San Francisco will open up a modest new Entourage shop, while Muscat will offer exotic trinkets in its humble bazaar. Naturally, Sydney and New Orleans will respond accordingly to this new competition on the market...

New Andean Quest (Tier 2)

Expansion owners may discover a new treasure in the Andean Adventure, but not before overcoming one of the hardest challenges among level 3 expeditions. Go explore, before this dark force consumes the Andes.



New Stories (Tier 1)
Wherever you go after this patch, you might meet some of the Entourage specialists during their travels. A few events scattered everywhere.

Quality of Life
While working on new content, we've also worked to improve several features in the game. Most notably you can now swap items in the item shop by dragging a new item onto an equipped one... like in any RPG :) You can also dampen the pulsing Resolve and Research icons through the options and read more crewmember details in the Advanced Selection screen.

For more improvements and fixes, please read the extended patch notes.

Join the Renowned Explorers group to stay up to date with new patches.

For now, enjoy the new content! And let us know what you think.

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Reviews

“It's genuinely great, like, it's one of my favorite games this year so far. It's got so much going for it, so much depth, so much character, so much replayability, great systems, unique concepts in combat, awesome presentation...”
TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit

“Here’s where I start to love Renowned Explorers. The encounters aren’t just a paper/rock/scissors system of aggressive, friendly, or devious. The more pertinent choice is whether you’re going to talk or fight. Either approach has distinct rules, with some characters suited to one or the other.”
100 – Quartertothree - Tom Chick

“...Renowned Explorers still stands as one of the best surprises of the year so far that wannabe adventurers of any age can enjoy. Encountering some thugs but instead of fighting, it just turns into one great big insult throwing contest where the loser runs away, foaming at the mouth. Brilliant.”
85 – Gamewatcher - John Paul Jones

About This Game

Renowned Explorers: International Society is a strategy adventure game set in a fictitious 19th century world. It introduces a unique attitude-based gameplay that challenges both your tactical and storytelling skills.

Key Features

  • Endless New Adventures - Explore the far corners of fictitious 19th century world in procedurally generated expeditions to Egypt, the Caribbean and much more.
  • Compose your Crew - Choose 3 experts out of 20. Fighters are Aggressive but Speakers can solve tactical conflicts with Speech actions.
  • Personality = Gameplay - Each conflict can be solved in different ways, depending on your crew's personality and strategy. 'Mood' is one of the most important gameplay elements.
    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
  • Optimize your Economy - Collect Insight, Research, Gold and Status on your expeditions. Use them to build economy and support for your next expedition.
  • Vivid Stories - Find more than a hundred treasures in hundreds of visual events that adapt to the characters and have multiple outcomes.
  • Build a reputation - Become a Diplomat, Aggressor or Manipulator. Go for Science, Wealth or Status. Fame is your goal, but the way there is entirely up to you.
  • Permadeath? - In Adventure mode you cannot load after failure. Discovery mode lets you reload. Choose difficulties from Easy through Impossible to customize the challenge.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: x86/x64 versions of Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1 with latest updates), 8.1 and 10.
    • Processor: AMD Dual-Core running at 2.6 GHz / Intel Dual-Core processor running at ~1.9 GHz (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ and Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 or newer series are the oldest CPU architectures recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated/integrated or mobile graphic card, Intel integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM AMD Radeon HD 3450, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT and Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) and above are minimum required graphic cards.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9.0c compatible soundcard.
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: x64 versions of Windows 7 (SP1 with latest updates), 8.1 and 10.
    • Processor: AMD Triple-Core / Intel Dual-Core 3.2 GHz (AMD Athlon II X3 450 or Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated / Intel integrated with at least 1024MB of dedicated VRAM. AMD Radeon HD4850, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 and Intel HD4400 and above are recommended graphic cards.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 11 compatible soundcard.
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.5 (Mavericks).
    • Processor: Intel dual-core processor running at 2.4 GHz (Intel Core i3 2nd gen or newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel integrated graphics card HD4000 or above. With at least 768MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 4.0 support.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.10 (Yosemite).
    • Processor: Intel quad-core processor running at 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i5 2nd gen or newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Dedicated graphics card with at least 1024MB of dedicated VRAM and with at least Shader Model 5.0 support. AMD HD6970M and above are recommended graphic cards.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17
    • Processor: AMD Dual-Core running at 2.6 GHz / Intel Dual-Core processor running at ~1.9 GHz (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ and Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 or newer series are the oldest CPU architectures recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated/integrated or mobile graphic card, with at least 512MB of dedicated VRAM ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5000 series, NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT and above are minimum required graphic cards. With vendor-supported graphics drivers. For open source drivers you have to use Mesa 10.3 driver or newer (it applies to Intel cards, Intel HD Sandy Bridge is a minimum).
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17
    • Processor: AMD Triple-Core / Intel Dual-Core 3.2 GHz (AMD Athlon II X3 450 or Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated with at least 1024MB of dedicated VRAM. ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5000 series, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 and above are recommended graphic cards. With vendor-supported graphics drivers. For open source drivers you have to use Mesa 10.3 driver or newer (it applies to Intel cards, Intel HD4400 or newer is recommended).
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, mouse
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nancywholookingforclues
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I got this game for about $10, and I say it's definitely worth it.

Things I enjoy:
The diversity in the characterss
The variety of things you can "study" and explore
Great for those new to the whole genre

honestly i'm not very good at these kinds of games. Dungeon and Dragons was not something I played before, and many other games assume I understand the format. This game is fun and simple. It teaches me the ropes, but it is not boring either. There is always something new to learn or master. Great for the price I paid.
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itispapatime
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Earl Senpai

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TseiCo
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
The game has so much good (and potential) in it, that it almost hurts to not recommend it.

But basically the game falls down in one crucial area: The combat. The combat that was supposed to be the one thing that gives the game it's edge. Despite all the hype, the combat isn't as complicated as one would think at first. Whenever I see an incoming combat on the map, my first reaction is the save and quit. The combat is too sluggish and takes too long, not to mention several other things I personally disliked, but are irrelevant here. And the system of different attack types isn't as good as advertised.

And the maps are always the same. Period.
"Procedurally generated" IS a straight out lie. The maps are always the same, that always have the same key places in them. Some less meaningful places change places and content, but those things are too irrelevant to matter.

Character customisation is almost non-existent. You may be able to buy a few items for your team here and there, but they really don't seem to matter all that much. Buying items for the tank is pointless, since all the enemies (almost) always spawns around your team and they always ignore the tank completely and run straight at your glasscannons. And buying more dmg for these glasscannons is pointless, because then bosses will one hit them.

The game has one of the best, if not the best in-game manuals that I ever rememeber seeing (which is awesome, since I hate browsing through wikis to be able to play a game). And as I originally said, the game has so much good things going in it, but they all become irrelevant when the combat takes all the fun out of it.

The negative tone here is probably due to me not being the correct audience for the game, at least considering the amount of positive reviews it has (I bought this after playing FTL, I'm guessing I was expecting a bit too much).
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Cowan5
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
A breath of fresh air to the genre.

Great theme with many interesting gameplay elements.

Don't be put off by some of the screenshots - the visual style blends really well with the theme and gameplay.
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DonRade
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Renowned Explorers is a unique blend of exploration and turn based/hexagonal combat. The game is designed to be replayed multiple times, offering 2 game modes and 4 difficulties. The goal is to be the top explorer and beat the present #1 - a task that I couldn’t achieve even on normal difficulty. To be at the top you have 5 expeditions to rack up more Renown than the top explorer (2500). Expeditions get harder towards the end with the last one being super hard to beat. Expedition maps are procedurally generated so every replay is different, and so can be your approach since there are multiple ways you can choose to take your playthrough. Focusing mostly on Research, Status or Gold or choosing a combination of heroes that focus on different playstyles.

But the combat is where it’s at. It takes a different approach than any other turn based game out there. There are 3 ways to beat your opponents - Aggressive, Devious or Friendly. You choose your approach based on your opponents mood since one mood is advantageous to the other.

So becoming a top explorer is not an easy task when you have all of these things to worry about and find the perfect blend. I personally enjoyed the first 2 playthroughs but then got bored of it. I would still recommend it for the fans of the genre since the game is unique in some aspects.
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xxxyuri l *118
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Totally what i'm hoped game like this!

This game need more strategy that u thought.
also there's more challenge if u more plays.

Pros :
+ make me spend more time to play this
+ need strategy even on normal difficulty
+ i really like this game
+ more challenges ready if u more plays

Cons :
- repeating game make it boring
- some plays make it too hard itself
- i just hope more characters, more maps, more difficulty spread. (DLC might slove this)
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CabbageSalad
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Great game.
Much like FTL with a few elements of Civ.
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jftyfcggydrst
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Let's just say I launched it at 11PM to take a look and next thing i knew was it's 5AM and the sun is rising.
This game eats my free time up faster than your mom eats pizza.

10/10 Would Reccomend
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Carolyn
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Very enjoyable. Easy to sink hours into. It has great replayability.
I like the encounter system and how it's not typical.
It's a turned based tactics game that's fun, lightharded and can be played casually or more in depth depending on what your preference is.
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Clockwork Squid
71.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
A brilliant game with fantastic replayability! No two playthroughs are the same, and its a visually lovely and highly entertaining game. It's worth reading through all the text, because some of the situations you find yourself in are laugh out loud funny!

Although (fortunately) there are options for the style and difficulty with which you play, don't be fooled by the casual looking style, this is a rogue-like through and through, which means it can be very challenging and takes a lot of trial and error, to become proficient.

Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the money!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Renowned Explorers is a unique blend of exploration and turn based/hexagonal combat. The game is designed to be replayed multiple times, offering 2 game modes and 4 difficulties. The goal is to be the top explorer and beat the present #1 - a task that I couldn’t achieve even on normal difficulty. To be at the top you have 5 expeditions to rack up more Renown than the top explorer (2500). Expeditions get harder towards the end with the last one being super hard to beat. Expedition maps are procedurally generated so every replay is different, and so can be your approach since there are multiple ways you can choose to take your playthrough. Focusing mostly on Research, Status or Gold or choosing a combination of heroes that focus on different playstyles.

But the combat is where it’s at. It takes a different approach than any other turn based game out there. There are 3 ways to beat your opponents - Aggressive, Devious or Friendly. You choose your approach based on your opponents mood since one mood is advantageous to the other.

So becoming a top explorer is not an easy task when you have all of these things to worry about and find the perfect blend. I personally enjoyed the first 2 playthroughs but then got bored of it. I would still recommend it for the fans of the genre since the game is unique in some aspects.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
A very fun game, good to waste some time on but there are some caveats.

The game is well built and the ui is easy to navigate for the most part, I myself only ran into some troubles when trying to pick new skills for characters but once figured out there are no issues. The Tutorial is simply great and allows you to get to know the game and explains everything extremely well. Gameplay is solid and certainly different than other games, which is a big plus. See it as a bit of settlers of catan, where you need to earn resources in order to win the game. Tie this in with a bit of D&D and you get this game.

I PERSONALLY got tired of the game pretty quickly, this is because I am not a completionist, once I have seen something once I have little desire to visit it again, so if you are like me consider waiting for a sale as the full price might not be worth it. The game CAN be completed in as little as an hour to a couple of hours depending on the difficulty you set it on. There are about 8 "Maps" that you can play on and without the DLC that adds 2 more there is not a lot of variance in the game. The only variance is the different runs you do on the same maps over and over by only changing characters, this is what I didnt enjoy myself. If you are someone that likes to collect achievements, unlock all of the characters or visist 100% of evey map I can easily tell you that over 100 hours of fun await you in this game.


TLDR:

In the end I would definately recommend this game, If you are someone that doesnt like replaying games wait for a sale, are you a completionist this game is an absolute steal even for its current price.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Great game.
Much like FTL with a few elements of Civ.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Totally what i'm hoped game like this!

This game need more strategy that u thought.
also there's more challenge if u more plays.

Pros :
+ make me spend more time to play this
+ need strategy even on normal difficulty
+ i really like this game
+ more challenges ready if u more plays

Cons :
- repeating game make it boring
- some plays make it too hard itself
- i just hope more characters, more maps, more difficulty spread. (DLC might slove this)
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320 of 334 people (96%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
545.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
When I first heard of Renowned Explorers : International Society (henceforce known as RE:IS) my initial reaction was along the lines of "what on earth is this?". I purchased it on a whim, and having now played it for nearly 100 hours and all treasures collected, it has definitely turned out to be one of my wisest purchases (and heck, i'm actually writing a proper review for once, my first one on steam.)

RE:IS is a roguelike in an Indiana Jones style - you and your crew will be having adventures all around the globe, from searching castles in the Scottish highlands to the tombs of ancient pharoahs in Egypt in the hopes of finding treasures (and with over 100 treasures to find, there is plenty to see.) You'll run into a variety of characters such as bagpipe playing clansmen, pirates suffering under a voodoo curse and a group of monkeys worshipping a giant fruit.

The game keeps a fairly lighthearted and humourous theme throughout, which is aided by its bright and colourful art style. Don't let this fool you however - there is a surprising amount of depth to be found in the games combat and exploration systems. Battles have three different approaches: you can befriend your enemy, offering them things such as compliments and peace treatires. Or you can take a straight up physical approach - hacking and slashing your way through hordes of your opponents. If you prefer a more devious approach, you can play mind games with your opponents, hurling insults towards them in such number that they run away from the battlefield sobbing.

Overall, RE:IS takes a refreshing approach to the turn-based rogue-like genre. The developers are very active within the community and listen to feedback and suggestions from players. The game is frequently updated with new content, and more has been promised down the line. I highly recommend purchasing this game.
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97 of 107 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
307.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Renowned Explorer (RE) is one of the very best game that I have played for the last 10 years, period :).

I have about 300 games, and haven't felt so excited about a new game for such a long time --- perhaps the last time that I felt so excited was as long as Civilization 1 in 1991.

I normally play RPGs, but Renowned Explorer is in a Genre all by itself. It's radically different from the typical RPG or strategy games that I am family with. Because it is so different, it took me a while to grasp and learn the basics of the game. In the end, after learning about the game, I begin to have great fun... and hundreds of hours on the game.

The nice thing about RE is that the entire game campaign consists of 5 expeditions, and you can play it over and over again with different team setups. Different team captains have different super powers, and so, each game with a different captain usually require different strategy and even different playstyle, making in intriguing and interesting.

Another nice thing about RE is that the development team offered to add additional contents and updates on a regular basis. So far they have already added quite a bit of new content. Such a commitment from a developing team is really commendable. Even with 276 hours played, I will still be playing this game whenever they add anything new.

I am sure I will get MORE than my money's worth and highly recommend this game.
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86 of 95 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
In my very first encounter, I encountered a pack of wolves. I impressed them with my great intelligence, then insulted them. They were confused by my mixed signals and ran away. My most successful run was ended when a ghost pirate and his voodoo cultists were friendly and invited me to sit down for tea, and my crew felt that their vengeance against the Spanish was entirely reasonable and I should stop fighting. My current game is more direct and is full of dashing gentlemen and fisticuffs.

This is absolutely amazing. Yes, the overland map is a lot like FTL--random events that are influenced by your party skills. Combat is your standard hex based tactics game (even though it's not really hex shaped, which is neat). Physical attacks work like normal, but speech attacks are a major part of the game, and so is control of emotions and mood. If your enemy is using devious speech attacks but you are being friendly (they all deplete Spirit just like physical attacks), then you get defense bonuses from being the good guys. If both sides are friendly, then both sides get a bonus if they are the first ones to go to physical attacks, stuff like that. Takes about an hour or two to really get used to it, but then it feels natural.

This game is pretty polished. Not perfect, but it hits its mark pretty darn well. Difficulty seems pretty well tuned, the first couple missions are easy but surviving to the end seems like a real challenge, much like FTL. You can sit down for a couple hours and play a game or two and have them end in one sitting which is great, honestly...replayability seems high, and unlockables are present but a very minimal part of the experience. Bugs are very minor and hard to spot. It's really damn cool to be able to build a party that fights like something out of Monkey Island.

All in all, heavily recommended.
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102 of 122 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Renowned Explorers is great game. I have played about 1.5 hour so far and enjoyed it a lot during this time. It is kept in nice lighthearted mood that will keep you smiling through most of a game. I enjoy tactical encounters a lot and the fact that i can resolve in different ways. It is no longer just a case of winning but winning in the way that will benefit our crew the most.

Game keeps it short and composes of 5 expedition to finish one run. It is similar to FTL in that manner that it can be completed in one afternoon and then you go on pick a new crew and start new procedurally generated adventure. I think game has potential to give hours of fun.

I also highly appreciate the tutorial in the game it teaches all the basics you need to know to complete first expedition.

My greatest concern is the price FTL legend that started it all is on sale for $ 9.99 and as much as I appreciate beautiful graphics of Renown explorers and more work put into the build I would prefer it to be slightly cheaper. For me it’s still worth it but it’s up to you to decide.

I also have a video featuring first procedurally generated expedition in which I show the gameplay, talk about mechanics, and teach you how to play feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. If you have any questions hit me up here or on my channel I’m happy to help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSwvSjhTA2Y&list=PLCZleGQiTyuCuxTigfMgW_K2md93ufVtn&index=1
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58 of 66 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
92.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Renowned Explorers is, in many ways, reminiscent of FtL: Faster than Light. You lead a crew through a series of locations, some of which are just text-based choices, some of which are fighting encounters, many of which give you the opportunity to gather resources that you can later spend on upgrades and items that improve your crew. The game puts you in the shoes of a Dr. Livingstone-like explorer, going through the ruins of ancient civilizations looking for plunder. It's very good in this way. The art style is incredibly cute and a great asset to the game. Not only are the twenty different characters you can take on an expedition instantly recognisable, the character portraits in-game change when you affect their emotions, which is a lot of fun (making sheep sad is especially rewarding). The music is good as well, never distracting from the game, always adding to it.

A game like this, however, lives and dies with its events. Such games throw a lot of text at you, and it needs to be enjoyable. This, the game succeeds at. There are quite a number of cute little unique responses that make you want to replay the game to see how different characters would interact (for example, a pair of Hungarian lumberjacks gave me some extra goods because they were impressed by my moustache). As such, the game is quite good. It falters a bit in the combat, though. You can use three types of attacks (friendly, devious, and aggressive) to solve encounters, and they affect what you get out of the encounter, but they do tend to play out the same way in an encounter. You can do some nice tricks with it, but it doesn't feel as deep as in FtL. Another negative in the comparison with FtL is that you never really feel pressured. You use up your supplies to move through the map, but there aren't a lot of events that mess with you, so you can usually plan your entire expedition and proceed unrushed. The events do seem to have a lot more variation than in FtL, and the perks that you can unlock for your characters throughout the game make for extra interactions and unique responses to events.

All in all, Renowned Explorers is a very good game. It's enjoyable and its humour makes it very replayable. The humour, graphics, and sheer variety of events makes up for some of its shortcomings and makes it a game that I would be more likely to pick up again than FtL, where I have kind of already seen everything it has to offer. It could do, however, with some more depth in its combat system.
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Renowned Explorers: International Society (RE:IS) has done it. It has captured my attention. From the very first run through of the game, to the second and third, I have been captivated, and rightfully so. The graphics, audio, and gameplay - all of it is absolutely stunning.

When I first placed RE:IS on my wish list I knew I had discovered a gem. Turn-based strategy games were, however, never my forte and I was hesitant when I found out RE:IS was one. Plenty of other TBS games have sat in my Steam library - gone unnoticed - but somehow, this one screams for my attention.

"Why?", do you ask? Well... let me try and answer that.

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Gameplay
Very basic in that you try to gain the most treasure within 5 explorations in ordered to be known as 'The Most Renowned Explorer'. You achieve all of this through a turn-based system, working with either a friendly, aggressive, or deceptive approach. Bonuses can either bolster or hinder your team, and it is up to you to determine what is best. With over ten characters to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

Graphics
Don't let RE:IS' graphics deter you from playing this game, although I'm not sure why it would in the first place. While comical, they are what make this game unique, fresh, and complete. You honestly can't go wrong with this type of art style.

Every aspect has been paid attention to: from the facial expressions due to a failure or wealth of luck, or the different attack styles and use of abilities on opponents. I applaud the developer's for putting so much effort into this aspect.

Audio
The sound effects for this game can be considered "cutesy" and refreshing. There is a unique sound for everything and it all fits. From the whooshing of the ocean slapping the seashore, to the "ca-ching!" of coins being exchanged, RE:IS delivers quality sound effects and tracks.

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Pros
+ High replayability value
+ Great use of audio and music
+ Graphics are great and unique
+ Ability to take down a bully, make them cry, and wipe the smug smile off their face
+ The sheep are darn stinkin' cute. They love you and your cause (as long as you're friendly)
+ Weekly challenges offer something to do all the time with the RE:IS community (goes hand in hand with this game having a very friendly fan base)
+ This can go both ways, but I appreciate that this game actually takes skills to play. You will have to think ahead - plan ahead - and adapt accordingly
+ For the amount of content that is offered, the price is spot on. While I got this from a bundle, I would gladly pay full price knowing that this title is very enjoyable
+ Extra content is provided for free, no charge at all; shows that the developer's care for their creation more than the money going into their pockets. That type of dedication is hard to find, so another plus one to the developer's for love of their product

Neutral
± For the achievement hunters: the achievements are both easy yet difficult to obtain. On one hand they'll be pouring in, on the other, it takes skills and perseverance to get the rest
± Can become repetitive over time, but there are new treasures to be uncovered, dialogue to be said, and areas of the map to be explored. This is enough to keep me coming back, but I can understand others may feel differently

Cons
- There are not enough places to explore! Rest assured though, the developers are currently working on this
- Credit to another gamer: a character voiceover option would be great for those who prefer that! I would very much enjoy listening to each character's individual voice myself

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There are few titles that really catch and hold my attention for this long. RE:IS has done just that, however, and I'm glad to have been blessed enough to come across this game. While I still actively play to this day, I dread the day the expansion comes out... I will be too busy becoming a Renowned Explorer once again to care for anything else!

Perhaps it has something to do with the comical style. Maybe even a little dash of charm, or the dedication and attention to detail and style that makes RE:IS what it is. Whatever the case, this game has won my heart, and I hope it does yours too.

Overall
9.5/10

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