From developers Seaven Studio and Behold Studios along with publisher Plug In Digital comes Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition, the ultimate digital simulation of your favorite pen and paper board game RPGs of old. This game has finally made its way to Nintendo Switch after nearly five years of existence on other platforms, and will see you take control of both the playing characters and the game master, allowing for unlimited ways to experience the adventure that you are responsible for crafting as you go.
In Knights of Pen and Paper, the story truly is what you make of it! This ‘inception’ style of game has you control of a variety of unique human characters (like the pizza guy or even your annoying little brother), who then take control of equally as unique in-game characters (like knights, paladins, or mages) that are tasked with embarking on fully customizable fantasy adventure to save the kingdom from the dark mage!
As the name suggests, Knights of Pen and Paper functions like a pen and paper RPG game, similar to Dungeons and Dragons. At the start of the game you are placed at an actual digital table in order to set up the quest and being your adventure. Where this game begins to differ from classic tabletop RPGs is in its control. Not only are you controlling the characters experiencing the game, you control the game master too. As a result, you have full control over what quests you take on and how many enemies you encounter during some of the generated fights. It’s a great way to ease you in to this game because you can move as quickly or as slowly as you’d like.
From here on the game functions pretty similarly to most turn-based RPGs where you, as the game master, ultimately control the pace at which you move. You gain experience points to level up your in-game characters by battling and completing quests, there are towns you can interact with, blacksmiths to level up and improve your gear, and the list goes on and on! The game even breaks the in-game (and real life?) fourth wall by having the in-game humans make snarky comments about decisions the game master makes, or even by randomly questioning things about life. I know it all sounds a little crazy and weird, but it adds tremendous depth to the characters, which are actually people living in the games real world, and helps to add the greatness and uniqueness of this game.
Since this game also includes the +1 Deluxier Edition (making this version of the game the definitive edition), you can expect the game to feature additional content not previously had on the original releases. This includes features like The Tavern (a character swapping and storage area), additional options for characters during combat, the addition of the Witch class, and an extended campaign.
In following suit with the nostalgic tendencies of this game, the graphic styling of Knights of Pen and Paper employs a retro aesthetic that offers bright, colorful, and beautifully pixelated graphics. The soundtrack is equally as retro inspired, taking more from early PC games rather than early console games. While playing this game it’s hard to not feel like you’re being teleported back to this time period, both through the graphic and audio styles but also with the quirkiness of the characters and general execution of this game.
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition is an absolute blast to experience. The endless amount of character customization, gameplay combinations, and included bonus content more than justifies the $14.99 price tag. For any of you who were, or still are, fans of RPG board games, you’ll find that this Nintendeal of a game serves as both a great homage to the old and a great example for what the new could look like.
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Plug In Digital
Developer – Seaven Studio / Behold Studios
Price – $14.99
Genre – Role-Playing, Strategy, Board Game, Adventure
Size – 166MB
A native of Minnesota, Brandon has been an avid Nintendo fan for as long as he can remember and enjoys being able to escape into the vast worlds offered in their games. Some of his favorite games include: Pokemon Blue & Silver, Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Risk of Rain 2, and of course LoZ: Breath of the Wild.
Outside of gaming Brandon enjoys riding motorcycle, listening to music or podcasts, cooking, watching movies, and is a big sports fan. He is always carrying his Switch with him wherever he goes, so feel free to add him if you’d like to lose at MK8D.