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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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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May 31

First expansion, More To Explore, released!


Invite your crew around the campfire to hear their stories, visit entirely new places full of secrets and challenges and redefine your strategies! With this new expansion pack for Renowned Explorers you'll be able to go on countless new adventures with more personality, more treasures and more control.

Learn more about the expansion on the store page or watch the trailer on YouTube below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Sjf7ANUAQ

Launch Discounts
There's a special launch discount, which means you can get More To Explore for 10% off during the first week. You'll also find a bundle to buy both the base game and the expansion.

48-hour Community Challenge
We promise to keep updating and supporting the game and expansion until at least August. And there is now a special challenge to get even more content in the expansion. If you participate in the next 48 hours, you'll force us to create more content for the expansion :) Read more here.

Patch #16
This expansion coincides with Patch #16 for the base game. Read the change notes for that here.

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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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frozenpeas
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If you're looking for a fun and nuanced strategy experience then this is it.
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Yes this is Dave
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I literally failed a final exam because of this game. That's not hyperbole; I actually played this game for a duration of 6 hours in one sitting, from 10 PM to 4 AM, with an exam at 8 AM the next day. I didn't study that night, and I sure as hell didn't get up before 8. I have not played the game since.
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Dragoonus
( 108.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A fantastic gem of a game.

The aim of the game is relatively simple, take a crew of three and discover as much as possible and become the world's most renowned explorer. How you achieve this is up to you. Do you want to be known as a devious researcher, a prized fighter or perhaps you simply want to bask in your own glory. There are several different ways to play, with various different expansions giving the game hours of replayability.

Encounters are relatively simple, yet also fun and engaging. Buffs and debuffs become very important and the mood of the battlefield has consequences. Trying to be friendly to an aggressive opponent for instance, would put you at a disadvantage.

Each team has a cptain that offers various perks to the expeditions and can help boost your final score significantly. Each character (16 in total) has their own perk. As you play the game, you can unlock more captains to add more variey. Crew members also have a set of skills that will assist you in finding treasures, not every treasure you find on the map will be yours; you need the right people for the job. The skills are further developed and acquired as you progress in the game. Certain characters traits, being mean, guillable or even hating coffee even come into play with additional dialogue options or events in certain places.

The actual exploration at first is amazing, while the number of expeditions is static, the maps are somewhat random and certain things don't always spawn. Lategame, this can also be quite frustrating when you're trying to farm that one treasure you don't have. This will take quite some time to achieve, though.

There's also quite a bit of humour in here, which adds to an amusing experience. The art specifically is fantastic and some of the faces the crewmembers pull really tickles me.

All in all a highly enjoyable experience that I can't recommend enough. I've been playing the game for over 100 hours and I'm still discovering things!
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Asthor
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A great turn based strategy game with thoughts having to be spent on figuring out the best path or the tactical combat setup. Easy enough on the lower difficulties to not require a deep understand of the vast counters to all the actions but deep enough to offer a smart challenge at higher ones.

Only drawback was the fairly lacklustre tutorial.
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Creshxtreme
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Because its interesting!
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Nystagmia
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
First impressions: RE:IS is a great game. I love the refreshing "combat" mechanics; the ability to sway a group of voodoo monkey over to your side of the discussion is as ludicrous as it is fun.

As a fan of turn based strategy game, this is a welcome addition to my library.

Hoping for more future DLC and workshop support!

8/10. Will search for treasure again.
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Alingu
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I picked up renowned explorers + the DLC as an impulse purchase just out of mild curiosity. I came into the game knowing barely anything, other than the fact that the game involved turn based tactical combat. Since I'm a huge fan of turn based tactical RPGs, I decided "why not?" In the end, I'm really glad to have made the impulse buy because Renowned Explorers has been incredibly fun for me. Renowned Explorers reminds me a lot about Expeditions: Conquistadors (also on Steam) because both games are about expeditions and involve board game inspired encounters that can screw you over or give you great rewards depending on how your team's stats affect the encounter, and a lot of RNG. Both games are still quite different enough to be their own unique gems but fans of Expeditions: Conquistadors (and everyone else) should give this game a try!

The game is about a team of explorers who want to become the world's most renowned explorers. To achieve this, they set out to uncharted lands, befriending, researching, fighting or gathering their way to fame and glory. The team you play as is determined by selecting characters from the game's roster. There are many unique characters to choose from, all with different stats and perks and you can take three at a time for each playthrough. You assign one characer as a captain and who you choose will affect the team bonuses. I'm really liking Yvonne as my captain because she's great for a Devious playthrough where you insult and intimidate everyone to solve your problems. The cool thing about this game is that speech is implemented into combat in that there is no health bar. Every unit has a spirit bar that acts as a health bar and this can be damaged by both physical attacks and speed skills. Sometimes, a good insult can hurt an enemy more than a gunshot! Your playstyle will depend on your characters and the encounter itself. I mostly played a speech focused playstyle but there were times where I needed to defend myself with violence. It is certainly possible to do a non-lethal playthrough though :)

It's hard to note what I like best but one of my favourite aspects of Renowned Explorers is the charming art style. All of the characters are drawn in a rather light-hearted, cartoonish style and nothing is better than seeing Yvonne's overexagerrated, sneaky grin after passing a skill check for convincing random villagers into handing over their treasure. There are loads of different levels in this game and tons of randomized events and encounters to come across. Another cool thing I noticed, one of the bosses in the game reacted quite differently because I had a character on my team who he became quite attracted to. There's probably tons of nifty little special bonuses like that for every character and I'm really impressed with how much attention to detail is added into this game.

Because I purchased the DLC with the game, I can't really have much of an opinion on it. I don't know what the base game is like without the DLC but I can say for sure that the campfire story bonuses are a very welcome feature and I believe it adds more depth to the game. I'd recommend grabbing it anyway just to add more content to the game, making each playthrough feel more different. So far, I wouldn't really say I'm good at this game yet but I hope one day I get good enough to beat the game on the hardest difficulty!
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Doc Ran
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
very well designed game ! Very Solid
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SV
( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Once you get the hang of the mood system, this becomes a surprisingly deep game. Lots of things to unlock, lots of secrets to find. Hopefully Abbey Games continues to support it and continues to pump out new expansion content.
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BirdCute
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy adventure game made by Abbey Games.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You are a leader of an expedition and you try to be the most famous explorer of them all. The world is randomly generated and there are always numerous strategies and paths you can take to try to be in the best position possible.

Pros:
  • Graphics | This game is really colourful and this is one of the biggest advantages of this game. The characters and the items look good and all the animations are amazing as well. I also like how well this game depicts different environments and attracts the player to the game with it.
  • Replayability | Expeditions are randomly generated, which means that your journey and your experience will be different every time you start a new game. Obviously, this contributes enormously to the replayability value of this game. It's not as replayable as The Binding of Isaac, for example, but it does get pretty close. Above all, you even unlock new things with each go, which means that the replayability even grows.
  • Characters | There are a lot of characters you can use on your journeys. They all have unique characteristics and they are all interesting to play with. Depending on your preferred style of playing (aggressive, peaceful ...), you can choose different characters that fit you the most. After playing a certain number of rounds with each character, you may also pick they as the captain of your expedition crew.
  • Exploring | Exploring is so fun in this game! There are always interesting decisions to make and uncovering secrets is always super fun.
  • Friendliness | This game is extremely friendly to new players. When you start playing, you are served with a lot of tutorials, in-depth explanations and as soon as you're done with those, there are rarely any things left that you wouldn't understand. You don't need to spend multiple hours learning what on Earth should you even be doing, instead, you can just enjoy the game itself.
  • Support | This game is still receiving a lot of support from the developer, including patches, added content and much more.
  • SteamOS + MacOS Support | You can explore and reach fame on all three major operating systems. You can't run it on your ironing board, though.

Cons:
  • Luck-based Gameplay | How most actions end depends on your luck. You can help you chances by using characters with best skills for certain actions, but I think that luck still plays too big of a role. Sure, it's exciting to see the wheel spinning and waiting to see if you're in luck or not, but I guess more things should depend on player's skill.
  • Difficulty | I sometimes feel like some battles are a bit too hard, but I guess that improves later on when you get better. It's not a big issue.

The final verdict:
Overall, this game is extremely fun and good-looking. It has a lot of replayability value and, so you should be good for many hours. It's quite easy to start in this game as it has an excellent tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. Although I think that luck is too influential, it's not a major problem.
If you're looking for a fun exploration game, this is most certainly the game for you. If not for the full price, definitely consider buying it when it's discounted.

With love,
BirdCute

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.

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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy adventure game made by Abbey Games.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You are a leader of an expedition and you try to be the most famous explorer of them all. The world is randomly generated and there are always numerous strategies and paths you can take to try to be in the best position possible.

Pros:
  • Graphics | This game is really colourful and this is one of the biggest advantages of this game. The characters and the items look good and all the animations are amazing as well. I also like how well this game depicts different environments and attracts the player to the game with it.
  • Replayability | Expeditions are randomly generated, which means that your journey and your experience will be different every time you start a new game. Obviously, this contributes enormously to the replayability value of this game. It's not as replayable as The Binding of Isaac, for example, but it does get pretty close. Above all, you even unlock new things with each go, which means that the replayability even grows.
  • Characters | There are a lot of characters you can use on your journeys. They all have unique characteristics and they are all interesting to play with. Depending on your preferred style of playing (aggressive, peaceful ...), you can choose different characters that fit you the most. After playing a certain number of rounds with each character, you may also pick they as the captain of your expedition crew.
  • Exploring | Exploring is so fun in this game! There are always interesting decisions to make and uncovering secrets is always super fun.
  • Friendliness | This game is extremely friendly to new players. When you start playing, you are served with a lot of tutorials, in-depth explanations and as soon as you're done with those, there are rarely any things left that you wouldn't understand. You don't need to spend multiple hours learning what on Earth should you even be doing, instead, you can just enjoy the game itself.
  • Support | This game is still receiving a lot of support from the developer, including patches, added content and much more.
  • SteamOS + MacOS Support | You can explore and reach fame on all three major operating systems. You can't run it on your ironing board, though.

Cons:
  • Luck-based Gameplay | How most actions end depends on your luck. You can help you chances by using characters with best skills for certain actions, but I think that luck still plays too big of a role. Sure, it's exciting to see the wheel spinning and waiting to see if you're in luck or not, but I guess more things should depend on player's skill.
  • Difficulty | I sometimes feel like some battles are a bit too hard, but I guess that improves later on when you get better. It's not a big issue.

The final verdict:
Overall, this game is extremely fun and good-looking. It has a lot of replayability value and, so you should be good for many hours. It's quite easy to start in this game as it has an excellent tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. Although I think that luck is too influential, it's not a major problem.
If you're looking for a fun exploration game, this is most certainly the game for you. If not for the full price, definitely consider buying it when it's discounted.

With love,
BirdCute

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I can't believe I'm saying it.
But Renowed Explorers: International Society has been the game I've had the most joy of playing since Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, and Civilization V.
It is tied for my favorite turn-based game with Civ 5.
And is tied for my favorite strategy game with Civ 5 and FTL.
There's so much charm.
There's so many easy understandable mechanics.
There's so much replayability.
There's so much good content in general.
It's a pleasure to play.
The vanilla game falls only a SMALL bit short of perfection for me, but More to Explore fixes it.

This is one of my favorite games in my Steam library.
I have over 70 games.
And this is in my top 5.
I sold my buds in TF2 and 2 csgo skins for this game and it was 100% worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Well, all i can say is that i am pleasantly surprised! the concept of exploration grabbed me, but then i was put off by the cartoony graphics and turn based combat...however, it came on sale, and i impulse bought it based on the price and the positive reviews. I am in a phase where most games bore me, and I struggle to find a game that breaks the mould and delivers good gameplay with replayability....and this little gem did just that. i'm hooked!
+ new concept/story line, unlike most recycled crap these days
+addicting gameplay
+ moments of hillarity
+many unique team members to choose from
+great "chose your own adventure" concept blended in to some scenarios
+tutorial quick and easy, simple game to understand and just get stuck in to playing
- when you lose battles, the only options are restart battles, or forfeit entire expedition, with no possibility of cancelling the battle. hate it when you get to the final boss on some of the hard missions and then you cant win it, and have to give up on all of your hard work in the last 4 expeditions.

overall, i'd rate this a 8 or 9 / 10!
- this is not a genre i usually go for, but the fact it's kept me hooked is worth mentioning!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
So, basically, it\'s like XCOM and Civilization had a baby and then sent it off to the Undertale school of combat.

It\'s a resource-management-heavy (Civ) game of missions that frequently put you in turn-based tactical combat that gets extremely tense at moments (XCOM) in which you can choose to beat your enemies by showing them cool magic tricks until they\'re so enamored with you that they just can\'t bring themselves to hurt you (Undertale).

If that sounds interesting, then you\'ll probably enjoy this game. If you dislike XCOM or Civ for pretty much any reason, stay away. The Firaxis influence is dripping off this game, which, if you\'re like me, is anything but a bad thing.

Also, look at that tenth screenshot on this page. Look at it. It\'s literally just the culture screen from Civ V with the word \"Research\" on top.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Really enjoyed this game. A little hard, but the game play is fun, and the randomization is awesome.
Finally beat the game on my 10th try on Normal, and now I kinda want to get the DLC. :)

Pick it up! At full price if you have to!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Summary: This game is an absolute gem. If I had an awards show this game would win the category of "Best Strategy Game I didn't Even Know I Wanted". As a rogue-lite experience, the playthroughs run 2-4 hours depending on how I choose to play. There are many different areas to explore and many different ways to solve nearly every encounter. Lists make things easier to digest, so instead of continuing to ramble, here's what I've experienced so far:



+ MANY different ways to play through the game: Combinations of locations and heroes and different strategies allow some serious replayability, espeically considering the amount of outcomes and side-adventures possible for each location.

+ A deep and highly interactive 'combat' system: The way you fight in this game is truly unique: Very similar to a regular tactics RPG in some respects, but completely different in others. Difficult to describe in a short review, but very fun and very satisfying to say the least.

+ This game positivley leaks charm out of every orifice: The settings are diverse and well themed. The members of your crew and the enemies you fight are all fantastically animated and characterized. Encounters are often clever and always well written.

+ THE DEV TEAM is very active and involved in the community, organising weekly challenge events and maintaining scoreboards, listening and providing feedback to the community.

+ Game is priced affordably. Content rich expansion 10 months after release is priced very reasonably, and really adds some goodness.



This game has insane value, and it's absolutely worth full price. Got in about 10 hours in the base game, but after the expansion pack I've seriously been digging in, which is why I felt like I should write this review. Basically, the Xpac turned this game up to 11 for me.

100% reccomend the base game, it appears to be getting continually updated along with the Xpac, which is pretty nice. If you like the base game after a playthrough or five, I 1000% Reccomend the Xpac.

Thanks for reading,
TunaSammich
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I picked up renowned explorers + the DLC as an impulse purchase just out of mild curiosity. I came into the game knowing barely anything, other than the fact that the game involved turn based tactical combat. Since I'm a huge fan of turn based tactical RPGs, I decided "why not?" In the end, I'm really glad to have made the impulse buy because Renowned Explorers has been incredibly fun for me. Renowned Explorers reminds me a lot about Expeditions: Conquistadors (also on Steam) because both games are about expeditions and involve board game inspired encounters that can screw you over or give you great rewards depending on how your team's stats affect the encounter, and a lot of RNG. Both games are still quite different enough to be their own unique gems but fans of Expeditions: Conquistadors (and everyone else) should give this game a try!

The game is about a team of explorers who want to become the world's most renowned explorers. To achieve this, they set out to uncharted lands, befriending, researching, fighting or gathering their way to fame and glory. The team you play as is determined by selecting characters from the game's roster. There are many unique characters to choose from, all with different stats and perks and you can take three at a time for each playthrough. You assign one characer as a captain and who you choose will affect the team bonuses. I'm really liking Yvonne as my captain because she's great for a Devious playthrough where you insult and intimidate everyone to solve your problems. The cool thing about this game is that speech is implemented into combat in that there is no health bar. Every unit has a spirit bar that acts as a health bar and this can be damaged by both physical attacks and speed skills. Sometimes, a good insult can hurt an enemy more than a gunshot! Your playstyle will depend on your characters and the encounter itself. I mostly played a speech focused playstyle but there were times where I needed to defend myself with violence. It is certainly possible to do a non-lethal playthrough though :)

It's hard to note what I like best but one of my favourite aspects of Renowned Explorers is the charming art style. All of the characters are drawn in a rather light-hearted, cartoonish style and nothing is better than seeing Yvonne's overexagerrated, sneaky grin after passing a skill check for convincing random villagers into handing over their treasure. There are loads of different levels in this game and tons of randomized events and encounters to come across. Another cool thing I noticed, one of the bosses in the game reacted quite differently because I had a character on my team who he became quite attracted to. There's probably tons of nifty little special bonuses like that for every character and I'm really impressed with how much attention to detail is added into this game.

Because I purchased the DLC with the game, I can't really have much of an opinion on it. I don't know what the base game is like without the DLC but I can say for sure that the campfire story bonuses are a very welcome feature and I believe it adds more depth to the game. I'd recommend grabbing it anyway just to add more content to the game, making each playthrough feel more different. So far, I wouldn't really say I'm good at this game yet but I hope one day I get good enough to beat the game on the hardest difficulty!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
This game has come a long way since I played it for free in Early Access. It was interesting then, a turn-based roguelike set in the golden days of British imperialism when the great explorers traversed jungles and explorered the pyramids. Also incredibly difficult, might I add. Since then it has become a true Indiana Jones simulator, with very interesting battle mechanics, countless events and a tech three much like Civ 5's ideology tree. Best played on Classic difficulty from the start
Yet somehow, unlike most good games I've seen, none of my friends own this little gem. So to all you people who went past this without buying or haven't heard of it, give it a try. Especially if you're into roguelikes such us FTL or like the setting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I like this game. It's very relaxed, humorously written, and has a fun turn-based "combat" system which has quite a bit of depth, once you get the hang of it. The word combat is in quotes because it could be that you're all hurling compliments at each other, or taunts, rather than bullets. Or usually some mixture of the three. I liked the game right off the bat, but after a little experience, when I got the hang of how everything relates, I like it even more.

The depth mainly comes from your crew, which come from a pool of available adventurers (you choose three out of I think 20), all with their own strengths and weaknesses. As they gain experience, you level them up with permanent perks and bonuses. It's a lot of fun to put together a crew, and I think it'll just get more fun as I play more (I'm only at around four hours right now), and learn more about the various crew members and level them up.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
it was already a great game! And with More to Explore dlc, it becomes one of the best in its genre. (Even better than FTL for me.) It brings many interesting ideas and makes me want to keep going when exploring. (why don\'t we be friends, everyone? ^_^) Only con for me is performance issues. But not unplayable.
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