Folk Tale is a strategy city building game that is just good fun. You control a group of settlers in search of a better life. It’s your job to either let them have that or not.
Due to fan feedback, the good folks over at Games Foundry are planning on turning the entire game into a sandbox. While I believe that a good story could carry this game in and of itself, after having played this game for a few hours, I can see why fans asked for this. That’s not to say the story isn’t great, but that a sandbox mode would bring so much more freedom and unique gameplay to the table.
A few thoughts popped into my head while playing the game were that there was some definite stereotypes going on in here, but that wasn’t the case. Since Folk Tale is in alpha right now, they are missing a few features that they do intend to add. Eventually even women will have the ability to get jobs in this game other than tavern keeper. You’ll be able to modify skin tones and Camphry isn’t gay, he’s just flamboyant and sarcastic. It’s sad that these have been such an issue that the devs had to make a post about it specifically. When a game is in Early Access, that means it’s not finished. A little research goes a long way.
That being said, I love the voices! They are all really well done and fitting for the good-humored setting they seem to be going for. I know that a few people are going to complain about the goblins and their strong accents, but that’s what subtitles are for so there’s no room for it (complaining that is). Also, if you zoom in, you can hear the villagers complain or saying random things that are got a few chuckles out of myself. The hero’s taunt ability also makes me laugh quite a bit. Some taunts are more cliché than others, but I still enjoy it.
The combat at the moment is fairly simple, point and click. However, you can see them implementing more to it than that. With the introduction of hero characters you’ll see special moves and the ability to gain extra moves or strengthen already owned moves. There are stat points to increase your strength or dex yadda yadda yadda. You can equip loot that you… loot from mobs (or from your dead comrades). There are bosses with better loot and eventually there will be instances/dungeons with more goodies to plunder. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I may be excited for this game.
The very thought of turning this game into a sandbox is going to require a bit of work and Games Foundry knows that. They have so many ideas and are getting very detail oriented into things I wouldn’t have thought of. (This is why I critique games and don’t make them.) If you dig city building / tower defense sandboxy type games, this is going to be one to watch for. You can pick it up on Steam Early Access and figure out how the basics of gameplay are going to work. That and you get to support some great game devs.
This is the Video describing all of the ideas they have for their sandbox version of the game. If you can sit through an almost thirty minute informational video, it’s a good watch. The amount of things they desire to put into their game is crazy and I applaud them for it. Good on you guys, keep up the good work!