Hand of Fate : Impressions


Hand of Fate melds roguelike(lite) with action adventure, and even some CCG elements. You, a figure on the board, will be traversing through a dungeon made of cards. As you land on each card it'll reveal a new event. These events are varied, and can range from loot drops, to enemy encounters, or even a quest, just to name a few. It's a very interesting take on the genre.

Hand of Fate features incredible visual aesthetics. The dealer, the table, the cards, almost all aspects of the game is masterly designed, and executed with incredible technical finesse. The game is gorgeous visually, and the audio, though subtle, is very memorable and suiting to the game. The dealer is voice acted well, and there's a snarky charisma about him. He's a likable character, and that's good, because you'll be with him for the majority of the game.

Mechanically it seems so simple. A card based roguelike where the deal of the cards IS the RNG system. Once you play the game you'll be wondering why it took so long for some one to come up with this concept. It seems so obvious and fitting once it's played. The game also offers a great deal of meta gaming and offer a fair amount of complexity for players who like to dive into the nuance of a game.

Though there is plenty to love about Hand of Fate, there is one area that seems lacking, or even uninspired in comparison to the rest of it. The combat. The combat will play out very similar to say the Batman Arkham games, where there's an attack, a dodge, stun, and counter button. You'll be mashing that attack and stun over and over again until either the counter or dodge prompts come up. Like I said, very similar to the Batman games. Though it shows some similarities to other games, it's not as smooth, and feels rather stiff and clunky by comparison. It's certainly not my favorite part of the game. Luckily for us, the combat is not the center ring of this, and it's very much a side mechanic, used to enhance the true character of the game, the procedurally generated dungeon running.

Overall, Hand of Fate is a fantastic entry to the roguelike(lite) genre, that introduces some very interesting concepts that seem to fit right in. If you're interested in the game, I think I can safely recommend the buy!

Pros:
- Brilliantly conceptualized in themeing
- Great Graphics
- Excellent genre blending
- Addictive gameplay with lots of instinctive to replay

Cons:
- Combat, though not terrible, feels sluggish and uninspired compared to the rest of the game
- Lacking in the options menu



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