Knights of Pen & Paper Review – Get out of your basement and into your iPad

On April 26, 2013

App Type: Uncategorized

Knights of Pen & Paper Review – Get out of your basement and into your iPad

Our rating:

By: Behold Studios Jogos Eletronicos LTDA ME

Version #: 1.33

Date Released: 2012-11-01

Developer: Behold Studios Jogos Eletronicos LTDA ME

Price: 1.99

User Rating:

Knights of Pen and Paper is a quite odd game. A metagame of sorts, if you know what I mean. Maybe you don’t, and this is why I should explain something more instead of just writing a 1-line review.

Knights of Pen and Paper (which, by the way, is a universal app running both in your iPhone and iPad) is a peculiar take in the classic RPG gaming. Why? Well, in computer RPG you usually play inside the simulated RPG world as a character. In Knights of Pen and Paper instead you play on your iPad (or iPhone) a game which is played in a basement, with the standard classic RPG lore. A table, a few chairs, a dungeon master, dice and the like. This is why I told you this game is a metagame. You play a game inside a game.

The game is pretty classic in essence, asking you to perform certain feats along a simulated world, being the heroes and this standard stuff. It gets a little different at the end… But I’ll leave this to you to discover. Because you’ll get there sooner or later: Knights of Pen and Paper is a fairly short game, albeit a very good one.

Graphics are old-school pixel art, with simple bouncy animations and fades. After all, this is a turn based game where animations don’t need to be top notch, gameplay is king. And the game plays fairly quickly, getting you into the “just one more fight” mode where you end up wasting 2 hours when you wanted to play for 5 minutes.

In short: Knights of Pen and Paper is original, amusing and fun. Get it. Or not.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Probably

Learning Curve:Low

Who Is It For:RPG lovers

What I Like:Original take in a traditional genre

What I Don't Like:The game is somewhat short and can feel a little boring at times

Final Statement:Get it, you won't be disappointed

Read the Developer's Notes:
IGF 2013 Finalist - Student Showcase

"If you're an RPG fan of any kind, you'll love Knights of Pen & Paper." -- Eurogamer, 9/10

"This is Role-Playing in its purest form." -- Kotaku-US

""An indie turn-based retro style pixel-art RPG." I love every single one of those adjectives." -- IGN

"It’s clever, charming, customizable, and virtually infinitely replayable." -- 148 apps, 4.5/5

Knights of Pen&Paper is an indie turn-based retro style pixel-art RPG. Inspired by the great titles of the 90's, you feel like playing a traditional pen and paper RPG.

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!

With 12 different classes (6 unlockables via quests) and 17 characters (5 unlockables via quests) to choose from, more than 100 quests, 50 monsters, 100 items and equipment, blacksmith, enchanter, mining, gathering, hidden treasures and a lot more. Knights of Pen&Paper gives the player lots of room to personalize your gameplay experience.

Don’t wait any longer! The Pen&Paper World needs you!

- Turn Based battles
- Retro Pixel Art
- Pen & Paper RPG references
- Simple to play, very rich gameplay experience
- Challenging quests and monsters
- Entertaining story line

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