Out tomorrow on PC, Swag and Sorcery is an RPG for those tired of adventure.
There’s trouble in the kingdom (as always), though the king doesn’t want to dispatch a horde of troops or develop grand strategies. Instead, he believes a magical suit can save the day. The only problem is, it has been stolen.
And so your adventure begins. Tasked with locating the magical suit, you’re going to need to develop your town, recruit a load of soldiers, and explore every nook and cranny of the surrounding lands. Only you won’t actually do any adventuring at all.
In Swag and Sorcery, you play more of a managerial role. A string of introductory quests get you up to speed with activities such as crafting, training your men and sending them off to battle, and then ease off to give you some breathing room. Though completing quests as they appear is still a good idea, as the rewards are rather invaluable.
While you’ll start out with just one soldier to look after, eventually you’ll be able send out multiple parties of three. Adventuring for you is a laid back affair. Your soldiers will simply move from left to right of their own accord, only stopping to gather resources or fight enemies. And you don’t need to issue them any commands. The only time you need to step in is if you think they’re in mortal danger, in which case forcing them to retreat is the best option. You don’t want to loose your loot, after all.
Back in your town, your soldiers heal automatically, but you can speed up the process by visiting the church and spending some coin. It’s always wise to give them a rest at the spa, too, raising their mood so they perform more efficiently. And of course, all those resources you gather while out adventuring can be put to better use by turning them into equipment.
The loop of adventuring for loot and then improving your soldiers back in town is an addictive one, but it’s one of the more unusual features of Swag and Sorcery that proves to be the most interesting: fashion shows. Every once in while you’re able to dress up a few of your soldiers in their best threads with the hopes of winning over a panel of judges. Succeed and you’ll earn respect. Lose, and you’ll just have to accept that you don’t have style. Either way, it’s an amusing way to spend a few minutes.
Of course, Swag and Sorcery has a story running through it as well, and like the rest of the game it’s mildly humorous. It all adds up to a rather easygoing affair that you can play at your own pace; a game that you can dip in and out of for just five minutes at a time and still feel like you’ve accomplished something. So basically, if you’ve been craving a streamlined RPG that doesn’t demand you to crawl through dungeons for hours on end, you should definitely give it a go.