Sunken Treasures Games

Whatcha Been Playing – Sorcery Saga

Every once in a while a game will come out and be so different from what I’m currently playing or have played that I drop everything I’m doing and play it. One game in particular that gave me this reaction was Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team.

I had never played a Pokemon game before (it’s a long story) and that game seemed more RPG-ish than any of the other Pokemon games. Turns out I was totally wrong and it kicked my butt. Hardcore. The terms “rogue like” or “dungeon crawler” were words I had never heard before so I wasn’t prepared for the unmerciful game play. I felt betrayed by the Pokemon, so I put the game away never to be played or talked about again. It was a sad day in gaming for me.

Fast forward eight years and a ton of “normal” RPG playtime later I run across a little game being released by Aksys called Sorcery Saga – Curse of the Curry God. I don’t even remember how I came across it, the game’s release wasn’t being covered by any of the big gaming sites (or really any sites for that matter). Anyways, I found it and I’m so glad I did!

Sorcery Saga is a “rogue like” just like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon so it’s not an easy game by any means, but it does take it’s time and eases you into the game and teaches you almost everything you need to know at the very beginning. There’s a lot information to take in, and it can be a bit overwhelming, but once you get into the groove it’s really not too hard.

The characters, writing, music, and story are all great. Pupuru, the main character, is just darling. After a freak accident at school she gets suspended and decides to spend her time helping save her favorite local curry restaurant from the evil curry chain restaurant. She goes in search for the “legendary curry ingredients” with the help of a little white furball of a creature she ran across named Kuu. Together they must travel the region and gather the ingredients before anyone else does.

There is a lot of random elements to the game which keeps me on my toes. Kuu’s abilities change each dungeon, so as you level him up, you don’t know what sort of powers he’s going to get. It could be things like laser attacks, appraising items for you, holding items for you, or something as simple as sleep resistance. Special levels can appear in any dungeon with themes like extra hard monsters or making it so you cannot use items. There are also magical circles that can appear and have different abilities like giving Pupuru her HP back or changing every single item in your inventory to something else.

Pupuru has the ability to make curry for herself while in dungeons by using items in her inventory~ meats, rice, and spices. Her friend who owns the curry place she’s trying to save teaches her new recipes each time she brings him new ingredients. The types of ingredients Pupuru has determines the style and quality of the curry. Eating curry boosts her stats quite a bit and helps get through dungeons.

While I find this game to be a bit challenging, it’s still very fun. I’m only a few hours in so I know there’s still plenty to learn and I can’t wait to play more! If you like rogue like games, I highly recommend it!!

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