Ah yes, RPG - Role Playing Games, as mocked lovingly on shows like Big Bang Theory. Knights, Wizards, Powers, Runes, you get the picture. Throw it all into a huge online isometric world, compile it into a Windows 10 UWP game and you have Darksong Chronicles. It's terrific - if you have good eyesight and tens of hours to spare.
Enjoy over 40 hours of classic RPG gameplay set in a colorful 2D pixel art world. No pay-to-win here, just fun! If you liked Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy and other classic RPGs you'll love Darksong Chronicles.
Create your custom party from 9 different classes and embark on an epic journey in a massive world. Experience classic turn-based RPG combat while exploring dungeons, discovering treasure, defeating powerful foes and building your party. You can even play online with your friends!
Have multiple devices? You can also share your save between PC and Windows Phone, allowing you continue your game on either device any time.
In short, every base is covered. Sign in with an online account, pay the $3 or so to zap the ads and gain extra features, and you're all set for many happy hours of online RPG.
Here's Darksong Chronicles UWP in action, with a mix of original and promo screenshots:
At least the developers are up front about privacy. No thanks - 'Decline'!
Play as any of four classes of characters, each with up to a dozen variants. Ultimately it all comes down to RPG numbers and stats, but most of the complexity is hidden behind graphics, story and character.
Part of the tutorial, explaining how to get around, chat to people, pick up useful things and - here - create as powerful a 'spell' as possible.
The main UI is clear enough, but does need good eyesight. The transcript, bottom left, is useful to keep track of what you've just been told or have just done. The banner ad, bottom right, needs zapping quickly, as it uses up too much room.
Ads go with the 'Gold Pack' and, thankfully, it's not too costly. Very restrained from the developer. Downright admirable, in fact!
And then it's into the main game - the playing world is huge, there's plenty to explore, plus you can interact with both real users and AI along the way. Chatting, fighting, collecting, you know the drill...
Checking a character's inventory after a few tens of hours of playing time(!)
A typical RPG weapon, with some of the underlying numbers and attributes revealed.
Aha - all this RPG exploring is tiring work - time to return to the inn for a virtual beer!