Tales of Maj’Eyal is a game that immediately brings me back to the Angband days which practically gave birth to the dungeon crawling genre but in a way that perhaps only the most exquisite tastes could really grasp and appreciate. Many players will be pushed away from a title like Tales of Maj’Eyal due to the lack of eye candy and modern day role playing game features. This is at the cost of missing out on a classic formula that helped make the rogue-like genre possible.
Tales of Maj’Eyal, or TOME for short, shows off the style of gameplay in which the rogue-like sub-genre’s defining features like perma-death were established. Players have the freedom to wander and do as they please while leveling up characters and accumulating items, with little focus on anything else required. This is the ultimate role playing game fan’s sandbox but the presentation is so lackluster and uninspired that players might mistake it for a failed indie experiment. TOME needed to do a better job to bring in new players and expand the reach of this sub-genre’s retro style gameplay, but sadly fails to assert itself among modern gamers and instead can only truly be appreciated by a few.
Performance Warning: Although the game may run on low-end spec machines, it will be nearly unplayable with frame rates skyrocketing beyond control. This game’s engine performs extremely poorly in the absence of high amounts of processor power and memory – unfortunately seeming to indicate inefficient code somewhere along the line since the graphics are nothing spectacular.
Overall Score: 4 / 10
Developer / Publisher: DarkGod
Available On: Windows PC | Mac OS X | Linux
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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