Demo PC Edition by Resolution Games is a portal to the award-winning VR dungeon crawler. It will pit you and up to three other players against threats to the 5th world. Players can choose from five classes: hunter, witch, assassin, guardian, and hunter.
The game will launch with three adventure modules: The Black Sarcophagus, Realm of the Rat King, and Roots of Evil. I had a chance to play through the first level of The Black Sarcophagus with Tommy Palm, Founder/CEO and Gustav Stenmark, Producer.
The game is a turn-based table dungeon crawler where you and the other players have two actions per turn. Moving, using ability/item cards, or interacting with the environment all use a single action. To attack an enemy, you drag a card to your target(s), or move your character to their square and roll the dice. Hits and slides are simple to define: skulls are hits that miss, a sword is a hit, and cross swords are critical hits. It reminds me of playing board games like HeroQuest and other miniature based dungeon crawlers. The goal of a level is to find the key to the stairs.
I started with a short tutorial before moving on to a hands-on preview with Tommy and Gustav. It did an excellent job helping players get up to speed with the base mechanics and through their first few encounters. The atmosphere in the game is great, and while you’re looking out over the gaming table, the background environment doesn’t distract from the action taking place in the game.
It was a simple process to get the room code for our session and join the game. When the camera zooms in, it enhances the feeling of playing board games with other people. Graphics of Demeo They are stylized and may not appeal to everyone, but I find them well suited to emulating board games. I’ve also played Quest 2 before, and I’ve noticed definite improvements in lighting and effects. Textures look a bit sharper on PC, and grainy effects appear more prominent.
Sound in Demeo be great. While I don’t think the dialogue will win any awards, the different characters’ comments and the monster sounds fit well. The game’s voice acting is also well done and doesn’t bother the gameplay. Spells, abilities, and items all have a good effect when they land. I found that even the sound of the dice rolling added a wonderful element to the atmosphere.
The user interface is clean and easy to understand. Once we’ve gotten into the turn-based gameplay, our session will go by quickly. We all talk back and forth as we execute quick tactics with each turn. I could easily see a group of four friends gathering together and groaning or cheering depending on how the dice turned in any given session. We had a few unlucky misses and sometimes bomb abuse/environmental hazards affecting allies that left us shaking our heads.
Each class has unique abilities and cards that make combat tactics quite different. As a hunter, I tend to step back and use my reusable arrow attacks while our guardians have armor points to help absorb enemy hits before blood loss begins.
Completing a level allows you to purchase items at Cleepto’s Bazaar with the gold collected so far. These items can include: healing potions, spells, abilities, and bombs to help get to the next level of the dungeon.
Demeo is a game that shines when experienced with friends. Although the difficulty can be adjusted according to the number of players in a party, it will be more interesting with more people. Using voice chat is also a big part of the experience. Swapping tactics between your turns and deciding which door to open next adds to the friendly feeling of friends.
To help support this, PC Edition will be cross-play enabled when released alongside existing VR versions. The developers have also included a key command to hold C during play to address the challenge of controlling the camera versus using a VR headset. This allows the player to see freely around the game room, similar to looking around with a VR headset. That way, if you’re chatting, you can still “look” in your friend’s direction while playing on PC.
I ask what is the favorite part of the developers in the game? For him, it’s the bosses, says Tommy. The team has gotten better at designing them over time, and he specifically mentioned Roots of Evil’s final boss as one of his favorites. Gustav likes that no two game sessions are alike.
When Demo PC Edition Released next month, it will include the three adventure modules currently available for the game and all five classes. Each level is procedurally generated, so replayability is pretty high. There will be more than enough to keep players more interactive along the way, which the developer will reveal in a future roadmap.
The game offers a lot of fun to play with friends for those interested in turn-based board games. If you want to try it out for yourself, the demo of The Black Sarcophagus – Level 1 will be available as part of the next Steam Fest starting on February 21.
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