Epistory: Typing Chronicles
An action-adventure game with metroidvania features. The player assumes the role of a muse, one of the goddesses of fine arts from the Greek mythology – the main protagonist is tasked with finding inspiration for the female writer who asked her for help in writing a new book.
developer: Fishing Cactus publisher: Plug in Digital / Dear Villagers / Playdius Official website
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Epistory – Typing Chronicles for PC is a title developed by Fishing Cactus – a team that created, among others, Shifting World. The game is an action adventure title in which the player is exploring a fairy world filled with dangers to defeat and riddles to solve. What makes the game original are unusual mechanics based on typing.
The story of Epistory – Typing Chronicles for PC focuses on a muse – a young girl who travels through colorful, fairy realm. The protagonist was asked by a female writer for an inspiration to her new book – this made her travel to a fictional, fairy world. The surrounding at first is just an empty page, but after some time (and successes of the player) it becomes filled with plants, dangerous creatures and mysterious places with riddles.
The action is shown from an isometric perspective and at first glance the game looks like a typical action-adventure title with action RPG features. The player is traveling through fairy, colorful world, including dungeons filled with dangers and fantasy buildings. On his way he encounters dangerous creatures which he must face. The female protagonist can use four elemental-based spells that are useful not only during the fights. Similarly as in metroidvania games, they can also unlock new, previously unavailable places.
The gameplay mechanics of PC version of Epistory – Typing Chronicles are its most interesting feature. In difference to other similar games, the protagonist is controlled only by using the keyboard. E, F, J and I keys are used for controlling the character (however, one can also choose to use the traditional WASD) and all other activities are performed by typing specific words. This mechanic is used for fighting the enemies, solving the environmental riddles and interacting with the game world. The word required at a specific point is displayed on the screen, forcing the player to quickly type on the keyboard.
A few difficulty levels are available in the game – they determine the length and complicity of the words and the resistance of the opponents. The game offers various language versions.
Epistory – Typing Chronicles for PC has colorful, simplified graphics. Both the surroundings and characters and monsters look as if they were made of paper, which makes the visuals interesting. The game has original, fairy soundtrack.
Last updated on 22 August 2016
Game mode: single player
User score: 8 / 10 based on 48 votes.
PEGI rating Epistory: Typing Chronicles