From Zeuzie comes classic style RPG game Vagabond. As a young adventurer who often travels past what is considered reasonable, you discover the cursed land of Granti. While you poke around, looting every crate and chest in sight, you learn the only way to get back home is to defeat the evil in the land. There are many obstacles to overcome, but you have some help along the way, most notably in your companion, who's form changes over the course of the game.
After you answer several questions that determine which of the four classes you will be, you jump right into the story. Use the [arrow] keys to move, and [z] or [enter] to interact with items and people on the screen. Press [x] or [escape] to open the main menu where you can save your game (do it often!), examine your stats and items, and rearrange your skills. Press enter to select the category you want, [arrows] to navigate the menu, and [x] or [escape] to go back.
You'll want to thoroughly explore the world (you are an adventurer, after all), as you'll find many helpful items hiding everywhere. Along with weapons to equip, there are tomes and relics. Tomes affect your stats and allow access to different magic spells during battle when equipped. Relics have a wider range of effects, such as immunity to enemy stuns, or a higher chance of dodging an attack. You have six slots to equip tomes and relics, and it's a good idea to keep a variety of them on hand, as you'll sometimes want to swap things around depending on your enemy. You'll also find things called stones, which are single use items which will permanently increase a certain stat.
Granti is divided into seven zones with varying lovely landscapes, different monsters, and enchanting music. Each zone holds many secrets and quests, including a main boss, and an elusive shapeshifter who will teach you new and useful skills. It's clear a lot of work has been put into making each area distinct, which makes exploring every nook and cranny that much more enjoyable, though there's not a detailed map to help you with this. Vagabond isn't linear, allowing you to discover things at your own pace. An item found early on lets you to warp back to the gates that connect the zones, where you can rest and fully recover your health for free. This allows for worry free gameplay, making Vagabond a great game for the casual player.
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