• Publisher: inkle
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2020
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 90
    However flawed your party members may be – and they are flawed – they carry on to Camlann because they share a belief in Arthur. They believe in each other, and believe in something better for Britain. It’s hope that moves the game forward, and mechanically speaking, it’s morale that keeps your pieces on the board, and resolve that lets them rely on each other and enact their unique abilities. Pendragon is built on balancing tensions that would break a lesser game to pieces, but instead creates something new and worthwhile in that space.
  2. Oct 7, 2020
    88
    I’ve played Pendragon dozens of times. I’ve unlocked most of the characters (I still can’t see to get Branwen the archer to trust me) and I know there are stories I haven’t pursued to their conclusions (Excalibur is out there, and I will find it). So rather than a traditional RPG or strategy game, Pendragon plays like an impressionistic take on a classic Nintendo formula. You’ll tell your own stories and if you play them right, the dream of Camelot will live on.
  3. Oct 18, 2020
    84
    Even though Pendragon’s short roguelike format doesn’t allow for sprawling sagas, as all stories are quite abridged and simplistic, this game is absolutely engrossing, and there is enough excellent content to last you for several years.
  4. Oct 26, 2020
    80
    After 80 Days and Heavens' Vault, Inkle shows again its talent with Pendragon, a narrative experiment set in the Arthurian legend.
  5. Oct 8, 2020
    80
    Once acquainted with its nuances, Pendragon becomes a relaxing Arthurian-themed chess game with a beautiful soundtrack that I recommend to anyone who is interested in an experimental fusion of storytelling and tactics.
  6. Sep 30, 2020
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Sep 29, 2020
    80
    Whether you know the stories of Arthur & the fall of Camelot or not, this game allows you to build your own Arthurian legends step by step. Pendragon is a near-seamless blend of procedurally generated narrative and a strategy game that could have carried itself alone. Combined, they make one of the most unique games of 2020 and while it’s not without its flaws, it’s a game I highly recommend you try.
  8. Sep 21, 2020
    80
    Pendragon wants to help you tell a story of the last days of King Arthur, and how much that idea appeals to you is exactly how much you'll like it. Not every story works, but not every story has to.
  9. Sep 22, 2020
    78
    An accessible strategy game tied to a powerful, dynamic story generator.
  10. Oct 3, 2020
    76
    Pendragon utilizes the Arthurian Legend as a backdrop to bring forth an intriguing coalescence of chess-like tactics and interactive fiction. Challenging yet accessible and addictive.
  11. Oct 23, 2020
    70
    A mournful journey into the shattered realm of King Arthur with various stories to uncover. But you’re certainly not going to find a deep strategic experience in this war-torn Britain.
  12. Oct 15, 2020
    70
    If you’ve ever enjoyed Inkle’s games in the past, I think you’ll find something to like about Pendragon. Its flat art style, delightful music, and surprising tactical depth mix well to spin a tale that you’ll remember long after you put it down. However if you’re looking for your next tactical challenge, this won’t be fore you. Pendragon is definitely more about the journey, and oh what a journey it is.
  13. Oct 14, 2020
    70
    Pendragon is a great introduction to the strategy genre and is easy to pick up and play without the fear of being overwhelmed by menus and options. Multiple characters, dialogue options and areas ensure no two playthroughs will be the same.
  14. Edge Magazine
    Oct 8, 2020
    70
    You'll want to see each and every one of Pendragon's journeys through, even knowing that its survivors are set to live miserably ever after. [Issue#351, p.100]
  15. Sep 28, 2020
    70
    Pendragon excels in mixing procedural storytelling with a roguelike structure and the fascinating story of the last days of King Arthur, but it gets a little repetitive in some combat moments.
  16. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    Pendragon’s storytelling is compelling and deep, the videogame behind the procedural plot is solid and fun. Unfortunately, although the graphic is well-executed, it lacks aesthetic courage, and the game is sometimes more anonymous than it deserves.
  17. Sep 25, 2020
    60
    Pendragon is a fascinating experiment in trying to marry procedural storytelling to a roguelike structure. It does so with mixed success. With smart writing at the forefront, it delivers a rich and evocative world steeped in fantastical adventure. But when its more mundane systems intrude, you find that reality is a little more prosaic.
  18. Oct 8, 2020
    40
    Dull, expressionless character art and contrived strategy combat make for a bad impression right off the bat. I can respect what Pendragon tries to accomplish, but for a game that heavily relies on its procedural story telling and replayability, there is barely enough content here to justify a third run. The writing truly shines in the final battle between Arthur and Mordred, but the dialogue during the main chunk of the game is too interchangeable and devoid of personality to be engaging. Ironically, the attempt to tell a different story every time makes every playthrough feel the same.
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  1. Sep 21, 2020
    A new classic of narrative and strategy, and a game with plenty of space for the player to enjoy themselves. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. I think the rules are still a bit too opaque for my liking. But they are, typically for Inkle, very elegant, and trust them to be the developers to weave them in with stories of knights and chivalry in such a neat way. Inkle are still better at story than strategy, though. I’ll beat Mordred one day. I just suspect it will take me a long while, is the only thing.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 4, 2020
    0
    Just under 1 hour I managed to be acquainted with strange and unresponsive battle mechanic, had conversations about nothing and made it toJust under 1 hour I managed to be acquainted with strange and unresponsive battle mechanic, had conversations about nothing and made it to final boss. In rogue-like. I just don't understand this game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2020
    6
    Pendragon has a good idea but flawed execution and fails to play to the strengths of the team at Inkle. There are good moments and somePendragon has a good idea but flawed execution and fails to play to the strengths of the team at Inkle. There are good moments and some interesting writing but the actual mechanics of the game make it feel slower and more un-engaging that it should be. Unlocking new characters past the two initial ones feels clunky and they open up limited new gameplay avenues. More replayability and more focus on the narrative would have made the game worth more than a few hours of play. Full Review »