Tales of the Adventure Company


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Tales of the Adventure Company

JohnBTales of the Adventure Company is a casual RPG that works like a puzzle game. The tile-tapping exploration mechanic will be instantly familiar to anyone who's played Dungelot (or had an advent calendar), while the enemy grid formations will feel similar to the animal rescuing sections of Disco Zoo. Put it all together with quick combat sessions and a little bit of party-based strategy and you've got your next roguelike obsession!

Tales of the Adventure CompanyEach floor in Tales of the Adventure Company consists of a 5x5 grid of tiles. Enemies are hiding beneath the tiles, each one in its own arrangement as shown at the top of the screen. When you find a foe you can tap it to initiate a battle. There's also a hero that can join your party if you uncover his or her tiles, along with the occasional campsite to restore your health and maybe some other surprises, too!

Analysis: Tales of the Adventure Company has a layer of strategy sitting on top of its deceptively simple tile-tapping mechanic. Each party member has their own attack and health scores, but they also have an ability that's activated if you make them the leader of your party. The cleric heals your weakest party member with each move, for example. By swapping leaders you can maximize your tapping potential and keep your party in good shape for the wild battles to come.

Tales of the Adventure CompanyBut wait, what's this? Enemies have abilities too?! Spiders and skeletons and all the rest aren't just going to sit and let you whack at them with your sword. When an enemy tile is on the screen, your party can suffer some negative effects, such as the ghost reducing hero attacks by one. This encourages you to prioritize certain enemies over others, creating a fascinating balance between exploration and party management.

Each move you make in Tales of the Adventure Company ticks away from the counter at the top of the screen. When you run out, it's game over. When you succeed, you unlock another episode filled with enemies to fight and tiles to uncover. Then you'll keep playing, because it's just that addictive.

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7 Comments

john.c.jocelyn Author Profile Page May 30, 2014 5:31 PM

Seems a bit buggy for me. Once I clear the first level and get the victory screen, it's stuck on the green screen and I can't get out of it. When I continue, it's all messed up and the turn counter reads XX.

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I've had a similar issue, except in my case I run out of moves, I get a red screen, cannot move away. I reload the game, click 'continue' out of curiosity, get put back where I last was, no move, click on a tile and I just get the red screen again.

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Jamilworm Author Profile Page May 31, 2014 12:35 AM

Agree with Haydn, a restart button would be nice so you don't have to refresh the website.

Also, is there any point to completing the quests (killing all of the enemies?) In my first play-through I was trying to kill all of them and I think all that ended up doing was wasting all my turns and hurting my heroes. I don't know why they'd call them quests if there is no point to doing it.

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Jamilworm Author Profile Page May 31, 2014 12:56 AM

Or maybe I am mistaken about what the "Quests" at the top means. I thought it meant that killing each of the enemies shown was a quest. I now think it means nothing at all.

On another note I ran into a bug. I defeated the 2 Lich's on floor 7 and it showed a tombstone where one of my heroes was (even though he didn't die). Then when I uncovered a new hero it said my slots were full.

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Jamilworm Author Profile Page May 31, 2014 12:58 AM

Even better, now I killed everyone on the 7th floor and nothing happened. I had 8 turns left and there was nothing else to do so I slept at the campsite. It restored my health and now there are -2 turns and I can't do anything.

This game is obviously far from release-ready.

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How do I use Quests? Tutorial says click the top but nothing happens. Wat...

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john.c.jocelyn Author Profile Page June 4, 2014 1:37 PM

I reinstalled unity. No luck. This is unfortunate because the game is actually very neat for the small bit it works.

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