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  • Summary: Zen Studios’ modern homage to classic first-person dungeon-crawlers takes you to the land of Operencia, an unconventional fantasy world inspired by a faraway land referenced in countless Central European folktales.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 8, 2020
    85
    During the latter half of the game you wouldn’t me amiss spamming your way through most battles whilst playing closer attention to the story, dialogue, and engaging world. In the end, the approachable combat gives the fantasy dungeon-crawling of Operencia a wider appeal than say a new Wizardry might. Fans of party-based RPGs in the vein of Baldur’s Gate or Dragon Age will find a lot to love here too, thanks to the combination of great writing and wonderful presentation. And hey, any fantasy world that features a relic called the magical Amulet of Zotmund is one worth visiting.
  2. Apr 18, 2019
    84
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Apr 9, 2019
    80
    Operencia: The Stolen Sun is an excellent throwback to old-school first-person dungeon crawler games, complete with solid mechanics, a predictable yet enjoyable story and a very well written cast of characters. While the old-school influence is dominant throughout the game, many of these features have been modernized, so even those who never played the classics will find something to enjoy in Operencia, from the beautiful art style to the turn-based battle system and dungeon exploration.
  4. Mar 29, 2019
    80
    Best of all, though, this world is so stunning that you'll just look at the trees, the water, the rocks--everything. It’s a shame that some of the puzzle solutions are needlessly frustrating and present significant obstacles in getting through the story, but aside from that Operencia provides a truly special experience.
  5. Apr 10, 2019
    80
    Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a neatly packaged dungeon crawler with a nice style and satisfying gameplay loop. I found myself wishing that the combat was a little more robust or distinctive, or that the game challenged me a bit more throughout, but I enjoyed my time with it. I'm looking forward to seeing how Zen Studios might follow Operencia up in the future.
  6. Apr 10, 2020
    80
    Overall Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a good introduction if you’ve never played a dungeon crawler type RPG before. It has a few rough edges and a tutorial that had me wishing it was over sooner. But this is balanced by some really great world lore, tons of great voice acting and great level design.
  7. Nov 23, 2020
    60
    Operencia: the Stolen Sun is an excellent RPG with a lot of great qualities. It looks good, the classic turn-based combat is well done, and the world itself feels expansive. Players can expect between 20-30 hours of adventure as well, so it’s a fairly lengthy game. For RPG lovers who haven’t checked out Operencia, it’s absolutely recommendable. For a VR-only release, it’s less of a sure bet. Avoid the Oculus Store version and go for either the Steam or PlayStation versions since those let you play the game however you like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Apr 15, 2021
    10
    This is very cool classic game for people, who like magic story with secrets and puzzles, turn based combat, character skills and stats tweaking.
  2. Jun 21, 2019
    9
    Es el primer dungeon crawler moderno que veo en mucho tiempo. Los diálogos son increíbles, la historia engancha y los combates desafían, peroEs el primer dungeon crawler moderno que veo en mucho tiempo. Los diálogos son increíbles, la historia engancha y los combates desafían, pero lo mejor? perderse entre sus mazmorras, revelar sus secretos, sus modos de juego.. una carta de amor a los fans. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2019
    9
    I'm at the forest now, after the sunken castle. Like it so far. Brings back the old days with the puzzles. No google to help you :P (yet).I'm at the forest now, after the sunken castle. Like it so far. Brings back the old days with the puzzles. No google to help you :P (yet). Need to remember alot where what was. Else you'll miss some chests. And please EXPLORE ! There is also alot of humor in the game, not only with the quest lines but also on items you pick up. The game looks nice and the music is easy on the ears. Only thing I sometimes have is that I donno what I can click on and what not (like that darn torch on the wall) Items glow doh. Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2020
    7
    I grew up on Eye of Beholder and the other grid-based dungeon crawlers Operencia harkens back to. I remember keeping maps on graph paper andI grew up on Eye of Beholder and the other grid-based dungeon crawlers Operencia harkens back to. I remember keeping maps on graph paper and getting so immersed in the dungeon as I explored it. You'd think that I'd love Operencia but I found it squarely "good but not great".

    The combat has a lot of promise as a modern turn-based system but it just seems so unevenly implemented. Encounters are mostly too easy but a few are too hard, in a way that just feels like poor design. You get so many attack options but none of them ever feel particularly exciting.

    The story is okay at best, and the characters are very generic quip-artists, admittedly I generally don't like this style of "let's speak entirely in half-baked sarcastic quips as we supposedly try to save the world from very serious and imminent doom" that modern RPGs often use, but this is a particularly uninspired implementation of it.

    I'd overlook all of this if I could just get immersed in exploring cool dungeons but most of these levels aren't even dungeons, they're set on the surface. That's a fun trick to break up the monotony of dungeons, but when I play a dungeon crawler I primarily want to, you know, crawl dungeons. Not plod through 3-4 aboveground levels to finally get some proper dungeon action.

    The puzzles too fall into that "too easy or too hard" description, sometimes they just seemed poorly designed. The graphics and sound are good, and I don't regret buying this game... but it just didn't do it for me like the old games it reminded me of.
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  5. Apr 15, 2019
    6
    Operencia has a nice quality to it. The game is certainly filled with secrets. The combat is decent but the character powers are uselessOperencia has a nice quality to it. The game is certainly filled with secrets. The combat is decent but the character powers are useless compare to some enemies. Which can make for long and frustrating combats. The ending levels are painfully setup with harder enemies, and whatever power you got, you can't defend yourself with weaklings. There is no grinding solution and a flagrant combat balance problem. Another bad decision was to make the secrets finding a mandatory thing to advance the main quest. Bad decision. The voices overs and the graphics are pretty nice. Even the music is really good. I give it a 68%. I think it's the kind of title that is border amateur and AAA title. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2019
    3
    Fun game but the combat is very bad imho and destoys the game for me.
    Boring combat and so unbalanced and the numbers dont add up.
    Sadly
    Fun game but the combat is very bad imho and destoys the game for me.
    Boring combat and so unbalanced and the numbers dont add up.

    Sadly because I liked the story and puzzles but will not finish the game.

    The have abilities but then most of the mobs are immune so you cant use them
    but you can be stunned a whole combat by the enemy.
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  7. Feb 4, 2020
    0
    Game crashes all the time. Not sure. If it's epic or the game. Couldn't get refund...

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