Додано: 23 грудня
I can remember when this game first came out on steam, I saw it on the sales page and thought 'eh, this looks cute, and it's fairly cheap, why not', I got it on a whim. What I DIDN'T expect was for this game to be a gem among all the indie games on steam.
So the premise - you are a Recette Lemongrass. Your father ran off to go adventuring, left you with all his debts. and the loan Fairies are after you to collect. What's the logical solution to this problem? OPEN AN ITEM STORE. Cue the start of the day-to-day antics of trying to repay your debts, hiring adventurers to beat up giant crowbar-weilding mice, and selling a book that comes with free Alcohol to small children.
When it comes to the buying/selling system, the mechanics are easy to pick up and the game gives you plenty of information on which items are hot and which are not, and even if you do fail to pay back an installment, your only punishment is a CG of Recettes new house (THE BOX) and then you are thrown back to the start with all the items you had when you Game Overed, which makes it easy to get going again.
My only issues with the shop part of the game are that as you might expect, there are certain tactics you can employ to rake in the cash far faster than the game really intends, removing all challenge, and the way you can more or less ruin your file by playing badly and have no idea that you've done wrong, as the story often requires you to have certain characters visit your store to trigger story events or unlock new dungeons, and if you end up giving your store the kind of atmosphere that a character you need doesn't like and/or annoy them by failing to provide them orders or overvaluiing items so they leave without buying, you can end up getting stuck without any indication that you're stuck.
It's also not really a criticism per-se, but it's a little annoying that you can't directly offer equipment to your adventurers-for-hire - it's annoying when you spend hours hunting down all the ingredients to craft an ultra-laser cannon, then having to sit there hoping that the character that can use it comes into your store, then hoping they want said cannon and not one of your 10 ham sandwitches, THEN hoping that them and not one of the 20 generic villagers in your shop decide to buy it...the randomness factor there is a bit of a pain.
As for the dungeon sections of the game...I would say they are good, but a little bit standard. Each adventurer plays a lot differently to the rest, and most are fun to play, but you'll probably end up using Charme or Tielle for most of the game when you unlock them, since they're much better than the rest. You do get an extremely versatile character that some might consider the best, but only after clearing the entire game, so I can't really count that character in there.
The dungeons themselves are as I said, fairly standard rougelike affairs. Each dungeon has a set number of floors, and there are different themes throughout most of the dungeons, with randomly generated maps, loot and traps (BEWARE THE TUNA). There's a decent variety in the bosses even if they are a little simplistic for the most part, but the game does repeat a little bit (Like King Slime? Now fight TWO King Slimes!). There's also a good range of enemies throughout the dungeons, enough to keep things fresh, but your enjoyment here really depends on whether you like these kinds of 'Rouge' mechanics. There isn't permadeath, but dying in a dungeon means you lose all but two items of your choosing, which means you can end up losing items that you brought into the dungeon if you fail.
Overall, the game is a unique little adventure. The story is cute and amusing for the most part, and the mechanics are generally quite fun overall. At the time of writing, the game is £12.99, which I would say is a reasonable price for what you get, easily worth it if you do end up enjoying it. If you still aren't sure, there IS a demo available, which should give you more of an idea if this game is worth the asking price for you. Just be warned bargain hunters, this game deosn't go on sale very often.