Artifact Adventure is a Dragon Quest-a-like for PC by Bluffman, available from both Playism
and on Steam
for USD $6.99. It is faaaantastic
I grew up with the early Dragon Quest/Warrior games, playing them with my mom on NES, and my favorite part was going around to the different towns, poking through the overworld, looking for secret forests and ruined villages and learning about the different stories of everyone I encountered. I can take or leave rescuing a princess, but acting as a courier to send messages back and forth between towns, saving someone's child from bandits, or filling an order for weapons for the king's guard totally captivated me. If only there was a game that was nothing but little moments like that!
Well, Artifact Adventure is that game.
Artifact Adventure is entirely
sidequests, letting you go through the world and rescue people from evil fishmen, rouse a village of people from a curse of eternal sleep, decide whether or not to save a girl from being sacrificed to a volcano god vs. letting the town perish. There are dozens and dozens and dozens of decisions to make in the game, most of which (if not all, so far--I'm still working my way through it) seem to have permanent and lasting effects. There are very few objectively wrong decisions, too. For instance, the game starts off with you being tasked to unlock one of three doors, which lead to:
- an airship (yup you can get an airship at the beginning of the game)
- a set of four artifacts of great power
- a Key of Time, which lets you visit different wise men scattered across the land.
So each one drastically changes the flow of the game, and things only branch out even further from there. (Your party is customizable too, like Dragon Quest 3 and FF1.) I'm super, super into this game, and I know some of my friends have started playing it because of me too, so I'd like to use this post and the comments as a way for us to record our progress in the game and ask each other questions. Let me know if you need any help and I'll do the best I can!
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