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  • Summary: For The King is a strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging adventure that spans the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally. None before you have returned from their journey. Will you put an end to theFor The King is a strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging adventure that spans the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally. None before you have returned from their journey. Will you put an end to the Chaos?

    The King is dead, murdered by an unknown assailant. Now the once peaceful kingdom of Fahrul is in chaos. With nowhere left to turn and stretched beyond her means, the queen has put out a desperate plea to the citizens of the land to rise up and stem the tide of impending doom. Will you put an end to the Chaos?
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    It effortlessly blends tabletop and video games into an enjoyable experience that claws at what both can excel at. Creating characters, exploring overworlds, battling through dungeons, and doing it all with a friend or two is a fun time. The roguelike design also helps make it a little more varied, making this great to break out at a game night. In a way, it’s like a tabletop campaign without a dungeon master. In the ideal circumstances, it’s electric and even just as a solo game, it’s a good ride.
  2. 80
    One of the most enjoyable roguelikes of recent years, with the heavy emphasis on RNG saved by some fun co-op options.
  3. May 20, 2019
    80
    For The King is a fun and stylish RPG, but prepare yourself for classic roguelite frustrations of dying and starting the campaign again, just to get a little bit further each time. If you enjoy that kind of challenge and like board games then For The King is well worth checking out.
  4. Aug 12, 2019
    75
    The randomization in For the King is enough to make the replay value quite high, but whether bought physically or through the eShop, the game also comes with all previously released expansions. For the King has been out on Steam for a couple of years now, so that’s a lot of extra content to bite into. For the King might lean slightly too much on overused fantasy tropes, but it still manages to squeeze something new and creative out of them. I’m obsessed with how cool the visual design is in For the King, I love taking on its challenges with a friend, and I sincerely hope that there’s more to come from IronOak Games. This is a delightful first outing.
  5. May 20, 2019
    70
    Turn-based RPGs of yesteryear and today owe a lot of their fine-tuned tactics to the legacy of tabletop board games, and For The King pays tribute to this legacy with a digital adventure where anything can happen. The fast-paced nature of its exploration and combat keeps everything feeling fresh and lively, but the considerable reliance on chance does take the shine of its otherwise competent combat. However, with adjustable difficulties (which amend the severity of each death) and a sizeable amount of expansive DLC, this is one roguelike RPG that really shines in co-op.
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    70
    All in all, For the King is a seamless port to the Switch and fun experience! You are going to die and you will probably grumble about it. But then you will spend your well-earned lore points on a new event, encounter, item or class and hit that new game button one more time to start a new adventure all over again. I encourage anyone who enjoys RPG’s or rogue-likes to get a copy and see just how far you can get! Until next time, good gaming.
  7. Oct 14, 2019
    70
    Although far simpler on a conceptual level than it lets on, For The King is a charming, addictive blend of rogue-like and tabletop RPG elements, culminating in an experience that is far more than the sum of its parts. With multiple campaigns to choose from, a fully customizable party, surprisingly engaging cooperative play, and a currency system that encourages replayability, it's hard not to lose track of playtime. Of course, the rogue-like isn't without its flaws, relying a bit too much on an arguably underdeveloped combat system, but For The King offers an adventure more than worth embarking on in spite of its few flaws.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Jun 21, 2019
    9
    This game is sooooooo good! I just don't give it a 10 because of the eventual crash.
  2. Dec 3, 2019
    9
    This game can be played very casually, but is most enjoyable when you’re really invested. The controls are a little kinky and it has to loadThis game can be played very casually, but is most enjoyable when you’re really invested. The controls are a little kinky and it has to load for a long time when booting up, but this doesn’t make it a bad game by any means. For the King is a great game, with loads of free extra content and beautiful visuals, at a great price! Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2020
    9
    I love the boardgame vibe and the surprises it contains! Had a few long nights with friends playing this game on the couch now and there areI love the boardgame vibe and the surprises it contains! Had a few long nights with friends playing this game on the couch now and there are many more to come. Absolutely worth the money. Did not run into any glitches or crashes as of yet.

    The only downside is that it can't be played on a single joycon piece. Not a huge problem, as you can control characters with the same controller, but would've been nice not having to hand over the controller so often.
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  4. Jul 8, 2019
    5
    A decent roguelike, fun with friends, works with some fun ideas, and very difficult.
    It's fun to chip away at an adventure and strategically
    A decent roguelike, fun with friends, works with some fun ideas, and very difficult.
    It's fun to chip away at an adventure and strategically traverse the world. The various adventures within the game have different goals and central mechanics, feeling very distinct from eachother.
    There's very little "RP" in this RPG, the writing is simplistic and light. It works with the game overall, but is sorely lacking for those who enjoy a good story or play solo.
    Aside from the occasional crash and long load time, difficulty is the main issue with this game. The easiest difficulty is punishing, late game becomes ridiculous due to inflation mechanics, and RNG plays a large role in nearly all aspects of the game.
    Fun with two other people, but overall frustrating when solo.
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  5. Dec 12, 2019
    4
    very glitchy, feels very unpolished. the exploration system is not fun and building a character doesn't even feel good or rewarding.
  6. Apr 12, 2021
    4
    A great concept with weak execution. What could be instant classic turns out to be unpolished and buggy prototype or proof of concept and notA great concept with weak execution. What could be instant classic turns out to be unpolished and buggy prototype or proof of concept and not a real game. The game lies about giving us a lot of possible options and choices, when in reality the most it does is ether A or B. This could be a wonderful product, once it's really finished. Shows most of the problems that Unity Engine has. Expand
  7. Mar 5, 2021
    2
    There is just enough game here to trick you into wasting time on it but ultimately you realize it’s just a bad game. You think the loop willThere is just enough game here to trick you into wasting time on it but ultimately you realize it’s just a bad game. You think the loop will get better with the lore unlocks but they don’t. The difficulty and randomness leave you feeling cheated. I paid bargain bin $12 bucks for physical yet I still feel ripped off. Save your time and play something enjoyable. Expand

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