New release: Knights of Pen and Paper
Here’s another one for the “I thought I posted about this already, but apparently not” files. Knights of Pen and Paper is a mobile title by Brazilian developers Behold Studios that was released back in October 2012.
Knights of Pen and Paper is designed to make you feel like you’re playing a pen-and-paper RPG. (In case that wasn’t obvious.) The devs state:
The player gets to control the playing characters AND the dungeon master, and you choose what battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make it a challenging fight and your rewards will be equally great!
From what I can tell, it’s basically a game in the “succession of turn-based battles” vein, but with some ability to customize the experience as you go. You can add all kinds of passive bonuses to your party by customizing the number of enemies in each battles, customizing the players playing each character, and even customizing the room you play in. It’s pretty meta.
If you’re having a hard time visualizing this, give the trailer a look:
Hopefully that helped.
This game was quite well-received by the gaming press on release, which is good considering that there doesn’t appear to be a demo anywhere. KoPnP is out for iOS for $1.99, and Android for $3.03. It is also planned for release on Windows and Mac, but that hasn’t happened yet.
(One final note: weirdly, Google Play lists the developer for Knights of Pen and Paper as “Paradox Interactive.” I assume there’s some sort of distribution arrangement going on there, not a publishing deal. Which is to say, I am giving this game the benefit of the doubt that it was, in fact, independently created.)