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  • Summary: Manager of a pen and paper RPG table with turn based battles!
    Knights of Pen & Paper is an indie turn-based retro style pixel-art RPG. Inspired by the great titles of the 90's, play this game feels like you are playing a traditional pen and paper RPG.
    The player gets to control the
    Manager of a pen and paper RPG table with turn based battles!
    Knights of Pen & Paper is an indie turn-based retro style pixel-art RPG. Inspired by the great titles of the 90's, play this game feels like you are playing a traditional pen and paper RPG.

    The player gets to control the playing characters AND the dungeon master, and you choose what battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make it a challenging fight and your rewards will be equally great!

    With 12 different classes (6 unlockables) and 17 characters (5 unlockables) to choose from, more than 100 quests, 50 monsters, 100 items and equipment, blacksmith, enchanter, mining, gathering, hidden treasures and a lot more. Knights of Pen & Paper gives the player lots of room to personalize your gameplay experience.

    Launching with 2 whole campaigns and many more are coming up! Each time a new game is created you can choose a different campaign and have a brand new game experience.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    85
    Aside from that one small complaint, Knights of Pen & Paper is a tribute to games from the 8 bit era as well as to pen & paper role-playing. There is an unmistakable charm in the simplistic 8 bit looks and musical score and the game hits a level of immersion that rivals many a triple-A title. Simply put, they don’t make ‘m like this anymore.
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    73
    Knights of Pen and Paper has been a hit on iPhones, but the lager screen of PCs magnifies its flaws. Still it’s brilliant humor could be a good enough reason for playing it.
  3. Jun 28, 2013
    70
    Knights of Pen & Paper +1 has a lot of charm, and a lot of game hours to go with it.
  4. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    A well-executed joyful game with entertaining battle system and ton of humour. However, it's "just" about those entertaining battles. Therefore, the biggest alarm here is its stereotype.
  5. Jun 27, 2013
    60
    The main quest’s predefined battles do throw up enemy combinations that require more complex tactics, but there’s no denying that, having breached the fourth wall, Behold Studios’ charming game is content to head back inside the building.
  6. Jul 2, 2013
    55
    At the end of the day, the sheer amount of repetitive, uninspired quests, and dreary battles make the game a chore to play.
  7. Aug 1, 2013
    50
    If you're really into a D&D style game, why not just get a bunch of friends together and play D&D? [Aug 2013, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    I don't get the low reviews of this game, yeah you can make micro transactions, but there is no reason to as you can simply farm the gold offI don't get the low reviews of this game, yeah you can make micro transactions, but there is no reason to as you can simply farm the gold off monsters.
    There is a lot of cool ideas in this game, the ability to pick your battles, add varied classes and players, the enhancements you can make to the room that add bonuses. The story is a bit weak, which is to bad, but I've had a lot of fun playing nonetheless.
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  2. Jun 25, 2013
    9
    I was very sceptic about another "modern old-school" project at first but after a couple of minutes I found myself completely absorbed intoI was very sceptic about another "modern old-school" project at first but after a couple of minutes I found myself completely absorbed into the game! Funny dialogues, colourful characters and the simplicity of a game make up a very interesting experience as a whole. Only thing I could complain about is the music, it gets repetitive after some time, other than that I consider Knights of Pen & Paper to be an excellent adventure for long hours. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    You don't need to buy gold just buy 4x blacksmith rings from an equipment shop lvl 16. Equip each character with 4 before buying anythingYou don't need to buy gold just buy 4x blacksmith rings from an equipment shop lvl 16. Equip each character with 4 before buying anything from smith drops price by 80% for another 10% off buy the shield in the shop for 200g. Reequip character with gear after you upgrade from smith then rinse repeat simple. Expand
  4. ave
    Feb 11, 2015
    4
    Knights of Pen and Paper is an RPG within an RPG : as a dungeon master, you gather a team of friends to be "the characters you'll play with",Knights of Pen and Paper is an RPG within an RPG : as a dungeon master, you gather a team of friends to be "the characters you'll play with", and each of your characters play another character inside the grand adventure of roleplaying, Inception style. Cool, uh ?

    The "fictional adventure" is decent, but not very original or engaging unless you're a stat junkie or easily fall for nostalgia. The "game night advenure" is a complete static one and takes place around a table.

    From this point, your options to level things up are limited to your vicinity. And that's kinda boring even depressive the envision your progression as providing junk food or changing furniture. I thought the real joy of a gaming night was the emotions shared by the players.

    Maybe the game should have been more accurately named Gaming Buddies of Ikea and Superstores. Didn't worked for me.
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  5. Sep 26, 2013
    4
    The shameless micro transactions do a good job of putting a cap on the fun. Blacksmiths cost a minimum of 150 to upgrade equipment with anThe shameless micro transactions do a good job of putting a cap on the fun. Blacksmiths cost a minimum of 150 to upgrade equipment with an extremely high chance of failing and after you've failed enough the game prompts you to purchase more gold. Why include micro transactions in a game that already costs $9.99? I can't recommend this to anyone. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    2
    The problem with Knights of Pen & Paper +1 edition isn't microtransactions, as mentioned by reviewer Type4101, since the implementation ofThe problem with Knights of Pen & Paper +1 edition isn't microtransactions, as mentioned by reviewer Type4101, since the implementation of being able to buy extra stuff in-game is purely, purely optional, and in no way does the game ever force you or make you feel you need to part with your cash to progress within the game.

    However, the inclusion of a store is puzzling considering how little affect it has. God forbid the type of player that would buy stuff in-game, I can't begin to imagine the sort that would. Regardless, the developers must have been a tad bit overzealous to include such a thing knowing that they would receive little to none income from it. This was a mistake on their part; from a marketing and design viewpoint.

    But enough of that, as I said already, the microtransactions within the game are pointless. As I said earlier; the problem isn't this. The real problem is the game not taking itself serious for a PC platform.

    This game was originally designed as a mobile app/tablet game. It suits that environment very well as a quickplay sort of game.. However, marketing for the PC is a different ballgame altogether and the dev's have utterly failed in their quest to win the hearts of PC gamers, as evident by majority of reviews.

    The 1+ edition has alwasy been marketed as a pen & paper rpg for pen & paper fans; and here lies the problem. Despite all the hype, the 1+ edition is little more than a few bells and whistles attatched onto the original game and brings no real changes to the PC nor does it in anyway entice P&P players (like myself) to buy this game (reviewing this game based on a copy I played on a friends PC, and no I didn't pirate it!).

    The game features crammy hammy dialogue that for one, isn't remotely funny, nor is it common enough to even earn the hype that this game has been given for the suppose banter that takes place. Hardly any banter takes place between your fellow NPC players, and when it does take place its over in a second and you could hardly call it banter. This would be my main complaint about the game, the lack of any real comedy value (and not the *overly slapstick can't take myself seriously enough comedy*) or banter between any of the npcs or any meaningful quests creates an incredibly repetitive dull experience that only the most blinded faithful consumers could love.

    The only positive thing I can say about this game, which isn't much, is the pixel art and backgrounds. They are a joy to behold, but sadly a game doesn't win on just art alone. The game is surely lacking in a lot of area's including customisation in which there hardly is any. Want to name a NPC at your table? Well, you can't! Want to create your own? Well, you can't!

    Enough. If you want a dull repetitive experience; buy the game.
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  7. Oct 19, 2013
    0
    Loaded with skeevy microtransactions; gameplay seems designed around forcing people who have already bought the game to spend more money onLoaded with skeevy microtransactions; gameplay seems designed around forcing people who have already bought the game to spend more money on bonuses simply to make it playable. Avoid avoid avoid. Expand

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