Romance, magic and mystery!
The Arcana is a text adventure where play the part of a sorcerer’s apprentice on a strange mission. The writing is gripping and is supplemented by gorgeous illustrations. The tightly written script will evoke characters and emotions in just a few words. There are a number of choices you have to make at every stage in the game. This is exactly like the Goosebumps Choose Your Own Adventure books, arguably the manifestation of a text RPG in the form of a novel.
The Arcana is filled with larger than life characters and dreamy, fantastical scenes. While the graphics are beautiful and accentuate the story at times, there is a large part of the story that is not depicted through illustrations but is just as vivid nevertheless. The story takes it time developing characters and situations and is a must if you like to get lost in a good story. This game has the option of entering your name as well as the pronouns you’d like to be used in the game.
The puzzles that you come across depend on how closely you are listening to and following the story. For example, one of the very first puzzles involves recalling a number you’d heard earlier in the story. The game is completely ad-free (as well as free). Magic isn’t the only thing you will be messing with because the game also has suitors who are dying for your attention!
If you haven’t really tried adventure novel/ text RPG games, you should start with this one. The story will grip you even if you are mildly interested in fantasy. Of course, fantasy isn’t all that the story has to offer. The developers take some time between updates but the updates are worth it every time. The game has a dedicated fan base hankering for more chapters. Look at it this way, the game is free, you won’t have to watch ads for Clash of Clans, and the writing and art are amazing. You don’t have anything to lose and a lot to gain by playing this game!
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.