Knights of Pen and Paper +1 is a single player RPG developed by Behold Studios and published by Paradox Interactive. It is available on Android, iOS, and PC through Steam and can be found on their website.
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 is pixel-art styled and takes on the Dungeons and Dragons approach. Although I have never actually played Dungeons and Dragons, I know the premise of it. You start with two characters, choosing from a selection of people who give bonus stats and pair them with a class. You can add more to your group by buying seats with in game currency, but it gets very expensive very quickly. You are given the role as both the players and the game master, giving you control over the battles as well as your overall progression. The only time I’ve encountered the dice roll so far is only while traveling and I played for about an hour. Well, most of it was spent grinding so I guess that doesn’t really count for much.
I wasn’t expecting much out of this game but it just looked interesting to play so I got it. I would consider myself still in the tutorial stages and quite frankly it is mediocre at best, gameplay wise. The graphics look good and overall theme is fine, just like a traditional RPG. However, the mechanics of the game are just a bit bland because at the core it is just a RPG that you click through. That being said, the design is great. You get to control the enemy encounters in both quantity and quality by letting you choose when to fight and how many to fight. The character models are cute, although I wish there was a bit more customization but overall I can see myself killing some time by playing this game. I’m sure there’s a story somewhere since it was mentioned in the overall description but all I got so far was we escaped prison, helped some people, and then returned to the place we just broke out of. I forgot why, but I know I left a mountain of corpses behind me just getting there.
There are quite a bit of 90’s references and the game likes to poke fun at traditional RPG elements so it definitely has entertainment value. Perhaps having a Dungeons and Dragon mindset or experience may give greater appreciation for the overall setting. Unfortunately for me, it’s just another generic RPG but with a lot less downtime between quests which is a huge plus. The music is also fantastic, very uplifting for towns and even charming in dungeons.
- Difficulty: Up to you (Seriously. You get to set it for every encounter shy of bad rolls while traveling.)
- Gameplay Score: 3/5 (Generic RPG elements. Just plan ahead and click away; nothing new.)
- Graphics Score: 4/5 (Could use a little more character customization.)
- Music: 5/5 (The music is very charming and uplifting. Definitely helps during grinding phases.)
I would still recommend giving this game a shot since it doesn’t cost much and I do see potential for it. Even if you aren’t familiar with Dungeons and Dragons or into role playing, it is still satisfying to be given so much control over your encounters and laying waste to a giant group of enemies just because you can.
See you next game! -DecoyEC has logged out.