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  • Summary: Epistory delves you in an atmospheric action/adventure game where you play a girl riding a giant fox who clears out an insectile corruption from an origami world. As you progress and explore this world, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
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  1. Jul 14, 2016
    90
    Despite the intense final battles, each level is nothing but a gift to its players.
  2. Mar 30, 2016
    87
    An original and very well developed idea gives birth to a fascinating, entertaining and quite challenging adventure.
  3. Apr 7, 2016
    80
    Epistory - Typing Chronicles is so much more than a typing game, is an amazing journey filled with a lot of great ideas and characterized by an excellent level design and a good mixture of RPG and puzzle's elements.
  4. Apr 13, 2016
    70
    Maybe the most enjoyable typing game ever, but it’s clichéd story elements hold it back.
  5. Feb 6, 2017
    70
    Epistory is an imaginative adventure game with sophisticated RPG elements and well-designed typewriting learning cleverly disguised as a game. Too bad the game content is often repeated.But still, Epistory is worth trying not only because it supports Czech language.
  6. CD-Action
    Jun 29, 2016
    70
    Epistory is a one-trick pony (you interact with the environment by typing in corresponding words) so it becomes repetitive, but it has a pleasant fairy tale atmosphere. [06/2016, p.53]
  7. Apr 20, 2016
    50
    Epistory gets lost in metonymy, the act of substituting a label for something of a real substance or meaning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    10
    So I'm more a RPG/ Strategy game player. So picking up a game where you're a girl riding a fox through a whimsical land is not something ISo I'm more a RPG/ Strategy game player. So picking up a game where you're a girl riding a fox through a whimsical land is not something I would normally pick up. But god, i'm glad I did, the art style is sublime, the music enchanting and the gameplay addictive and tense during final battles; it is here that your typing skills will really be put to the test especially when multi elemental enemy types are skittering their way toward you.

    Purging the landscape you explore of the insectoid corruption is satisfying while making things grow to the- already mentioned- enchanting soundtrack is cathartic.

    A true Indie gem that deserve much more attention!.
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  2. Sep 6, 2016
    9
    Epistory est une vraie belle surprise! Une perle indé pleine de charme, de poésie et un jeu entièrement jouable en Français. La bande sonoreEpistory est une vraie belle surprise! Une perle indé pleine de charme, de poésie et un jeu entièrement jouable en Français. La bande sonore et les voix sont en anglais pour le moment, mais l'interface, les textures et le texte sont en Français.

    Avec un visuel à l’aspect très léché qui rappelle l’origami et Okami, le jeu explore des mécaniques tout au clavier (comme Typing of the Dead). Les contrôles sont donc un peu originaux, mais le gros avantage est que le jeu est adapté à tous les claviers possibles (AZERTY, QWERTY, QWERTZ, etc.), c’est bien pensé et on se laisse rapidement gagner par la facilité d’utilisation. L’histoire même si elle peut paraître simple peut vous emmener loin si vous vous laissez prendre par celle-ci.
    Finalement le jeu dispose d’une ambiance très sereine et finalement assez peu violente ce qui permet à toute la famille d’y jouer.

    Une belle réussite qui mérite d’être mieux connue !
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  3. ave
    Jan 8, 2018
    9
    It is often said that it is harder to convey emotion through gameplay than words or visuals, but Epistory disprove that.

    By using the
    It is often said that it is harder to convey emotion through gameplay than words or visuals, but Epistory disprove that.

    By using the typing as a core mechanic to progress within the game, and carefully choosing the words to type, as a player, we literally "play" the story threads, and can sometimes foreshadow the ending.

    Progressing in the game "feels" like reading a book, almost with the tactile sensation of turning the pages. The art style is just perfect, and on top of that, overcoming the waves of enemies by typing fast and switching powers is really rewarding. It is almost as if you can feel the power of the words coming from your tip of your fingers.

    Congratulations to the team!
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  4. Apr 29, 2016
    9
    Epistory is indeed a typing game, but this is one of the most incredible and unique games I have played in a while. The art and storytellingEpistory is indeed a typing game, but this is one of the most incredible and unique games I have played in a while. The art and storytelling in this game is phenomenal. It's all typing but the gameplay and the mechanics that are used in this game are so much fun to use and varied that it creates nice combos and you never get bored.

    The storytelling is such that you want to find all the collectables because the art design and story are just beautiful. A writer myself typing the words to push the story forward, feels almost like asking me to write the story a little and that's very fullfilling. Epistory is one of those games like Journey, Brothers, Undertale, Bastion, a true indie gem that deserves to be better known!
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  5. Aug 2, 2017
    8
    Five Word Review: First typing game experience positive.
    Favorite Thing: I didn't know what to expect going into this but I was pleasantly
    Five Word Review: First typing game experience positive.
    Favorite Thing: I didn't know what to expect going into this but I was pleasantly surprised by the exploration and challenge.
    Lease Favorite Thing: No matter my graphical setting, every second there would be a short hiccup and the game would freeze.

    Date Completed: 2017-08-02
    Playtime: 5.5h
    Enjoyment: 8/10
    Recommendation: If you are decent at typing then absolutely.
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  6. Apr 8, 2016
    8
    I decided to give Epistory a try yesterday. Comparative review: Bastion meets Typing of the Dead with a touch of Zelda.

    It tells its story
    I decided to give Epistory a try yesterday. Comparative review: Bastion meets Typing of the Dead with a touch of Zelda.

    It tells its story in a very interesting way. Literally a storybook that's being created as you move about the world. The core mechanic is switching into a "typing mode" and quickly typing out words hovering over the environment, chests, and enemies. Typing quickly extends a combo meter and when the meter is finished, it adds XP to your level bar. The XP bar gates abilities and places you can go. As you unlock new areas, new dungeons are discovered. Within these dungeons are "tools" that grant you new special abilities. The two I've encountered so far is my attacks/typing are now Fire & Ice based. By entering "typing mode" I can switch between them by typing "fire" or "ice". Fire burns enemies after the first correctly spelled word (most enemies take two words to defeat) and Ice will stop an enemy for a period of time. Since your character dies after being touched by an enemy, combat consists of using your typing skills to pick the right targets and switching between your two attacks.

    My only criticism is that the movement is a little clunky. It Tries to teach you an alternative control screen at the start of the game but I found myself naturally using WASD to move. It works well enough and you can quickly put points into movement speed (and a sprint skill) but traversing the world feels very rigid.

    Apparently the difficulty adjusts as you play the game. The worse you are at typing, the easier the words are. I spend my entire day typing so I'm getting some very long and difficult words thrown at me. There have been a few occasions where part of a word was not inputted since I was typing too fast. This isn't a normal occurrence, however.

    Did I mention you are a young girl riding around on a fox being narrated by a the author writing a book? I probably should have mentioned that.

    I really recommend this. Despite it being very Bastion, it's incredibly unique.
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  7. Sep 4, 2016
    5
    Epistory is a typing action game. You control a young lady who rides a fox around the world. In order to progress, you must hit the space bar,Epistory is a typing action game. You control a young lady who rides a fox around the world. In order to progress, you must hit the space bar, then type words which pop up over various items of scenery – or various enemies.

    At its heart, this is a very simple game – you spend most of your time either running around on your fox solving simple 2D overhead puzzles, or you are fighting enemies. Many enemies simply appear around levels, but there are 24 pitched battles throughout the game where you stand stationary while waves of enemies come at you. It is here that the game is at its most intense, and where strategy is most meaningful.

    But even still, there isn’t much.

    Over the course of the game, you unlock four special magical powers – a fire power (which burns away the next word over the head of a multi-hit enemy), an ice power (which freezes multi-hit enemies in place), a lightning power (which jumps from enemy to enemy if you hit an enemy with at least two words left, allowing you to greatly diminish what is coming at you), and a wind power (which allows you to blow back enemies, which is pretty much the weakest power in the game as the spark power is almost always more useful).

    You also gain experience points which allow you to upgrade your powers. If you are reasonably decent at stringing together kills, you can probably cap out your experience before the last three dungeons, at which point it is largely pointless. This experience allows you to upgrade your powers, your fox’s speed, and give you some convenient abilities, such as the ability to see things on your overworld map, and the ability to teleport to the entrance of the dungeon of your choice.

    There are various collectables in the game, hidden in treasure chests, and the game mixes up the combat a little bit by facing you off against some enemies who can only be harmed by a specific magical power (which you switch between by typing Fire, Ice, Spark, and Wind). The enemies themselves are pretty samey, with the main difference being number of hit points and the complexity of the words which pop up over their head. As you progress deeper into the game, you’ll face off with enemies which have extremely long words over their heads, and if you play the arena mode, you can even face off against enemies with words from medical dictionaries which are several dozen words long.

    Sadly, while the base mechanic is kind of a cute idea, in the end the game never really does anything very impressive. The story is not very involving, and while the voice-over work is good, the lack of anything really interesting coming out of the story renders it somewhat moot – more like background noise than anything. The game is reasonably visually attractive as well, with everything having a construction paper, cut paper, or origami aesthetic, but in the end, all of that is window dressing for the core action – and the core action, while okay, simply isn’t anything special.

    This game isn’t bad. It is just kind of mediocre, and I don’t think there’s much reason to go out of your way to play it.
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