UnEpic was created almost singlehandedly by Téllez de Meneses. UnEpic is an RPG that likes to make fun of standard fantasy conventions. For example you might think that dark castles, monsters and quests would belong to the realm of great heroes. Not in UnEpic. Instead the game’s main hero is your stereotypical nerd: lacking success with women, addicted to games and with a passion for sci-fi.
Don’t Get Lost
I mean it, the game is quite large with housing 200 rooms, each filled with monsters and interactive characters. Several times I found myself getting lost. Something which I enjoyed immensely as it gave me quite the period of time to just enjoy wandering around killing and plundering. I felt that the fact I could get lost was a bonus. Most games have a campaign which is mission to mission, directly sequenced so that nothing will happen until you arrive in the exact place you need to be. UnEpic allows you to wander around and get yourself a little lost and if you get yourself stuck in too much of a muddle, you can teleport yourself back to the save area.
The game starts in a room with a view of some people playing Dungeons and Dragons. Your character butts in asking for a toilet break and while using the toilet gets teleported to the castle of Harnakon. Deciding that you’re hallucinating and that all of it is not real, you use your zippo lighter as a torch to make your way through the halls and corridors until you unsuspectingly come across an evil spirit which tries yet fails to possess you. After a while, you name the spirit Zeratul after the dark templar from Starcraft. You also let the spirit know that you are Aragon son of Arathorn. You also manage to convince people that you are a dark warrior named Darth Vader.
Although running around a castle madly is a great deal of fun, the aim of the game is to figure out why you have been teleported to the castle of Harnakon and then go about completing your task so that you can go back home.
Stab, Slash, Shoot and Loot
The game has seven different archetypes of weaponry; swords, daggers, maces, wands, axes, bows and pole-arms. There are over 100 different weapons in the game spread out across all seven types of weapon. Some weapons work better against certain things; for example, swords are best against things that bleed and maces are better against skeletons, protected opponents and rotten barrels. A nice bonus is that you can apply weapons to quick swap buttons to easily switch into your best offensive capability.
Magic is also a factor in the games combat system. The magic system comprises of: potions, scrolls, rings, tomes, recipes, magic weapons and artifacts. Potions and recipes are linked together through the basis that potions can be consumed for positive magic effects and the left over empty vial can be turned into another potion taught from a recipe. Scrolls release a spell but can only be used once so are less handy then tomes which teach reusable spells.
Combat comes in the form of the space bar and repeated tapping of said bar, slightly sad as I felt the lack of a dedicated hot-key based combat system seemed to detract from my experience and therefore slightly dampened my enjoyment of the game but only slightly. All in all it is personal preference. The loot you pick up during the game ranges from magic essence used in spells and potions to weapons and coins which can be spent on gear, scrolls, potions or ingredients.
The Great Beyond
Death can come quite often in UnEpic, you can stave off your eventual demise through the use of health potions but eventually you will need to resume from your last save point. The game’s three difficulties have different methods. For example, on easy and medium the game automatically saves at certain points, however on hard difficulty you will have to save your game manually and you can only save at one point. After completing the tutorial, you come across a giant box suspended by chains so that it dangles over the room. You are told by your spirit companion that the box is a prison for a spirit that serves the master of the castle. This in mind you tell the spirit that you work for Harkanon and the spirit agrees to heal you whenever you speak to him. Also whenever you are healed by the spirit the game is saved. You later discover a halo which can be used to teleport you right to the box.
One of the handiest things in UnEpic is the ability to quickly travel to certain locations, providing that you have been there already. While exploring you might come across a doorway covered by a portcullis. If you walk through the door you will end up in a room filled with multitudes of doorways, then the door in the centre of the room takes you back you back towards the save point. This means that after returning to save the game and restore your health you can quickly move yourself through the castle back to the area you were exploring.
The statistics in UnEpic come in three different categories: general, magic and combat. General statistics relate to the time played, the amount of the game you have explored and the number of torches that have been lit in the castle. I’m sure that quite a few completionists will spend their hours ticking up the numbers. Magic contains spells cast, potions you have drunk and health you have healed. Combat contains statistics such as damage done, damage received, enemies killed and highest hit with each weapon type. All in all some very interesting numbers to look at.
Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?
I recommend this game wholeheartedly if you are simply looking for a time sink or for an RPG to sink your teeth into. I guarantee that UnEpic will suitably draw you in. You might sit down for a short play and rub weary eyes to find that a few hours has gone by. On top of this, UnEpic has what I consider to be a unique comedy factor, the game isn’t afraid to make fun on the genre it’s idealised after. Also, there is some genuinely funny speech between the characters of the game. The game comes on a semi pay what you want basis. The game starts at 6.50€ rising to the highest price of 19.50€. The game is definitely worth well within these two price limits and if that isn’t enough there is also a free demo of the game on the UnEpic website.
UnEpic Technical Summary:
- Time Played – 5 hours
- Widescreen – No
- 5.1 Audio – No
- Bugs – None spotted
- Control Scheme – M/K
- DRM – None
- Game Acquisition Method – Review Copy
- Availability – Official Site
- Demo – Yes
- Review Specs – Phenom II X2 3.20 Ghz , 9800 GT, 2GB RAM
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