Path to Pelantas is a very unique game that reminds me a lot of sports-management games. Although it’s an RPG themed video game, you don’t really get to go out and experience all the action yourself as everything in this game is simulated.
This is because you’re in charge of managing 11 heroes. They’re like your team and it’s up to you to make sure they stay fit and healthy. Unlike many RPG games, this game does not require you to play the game for hours on end. It’s quite possible that you can achieve a lot out of this game by just playing it for a few minutes each day.
Managing your heroes can be very easy as they are quite capable of handling situations for themselves. You can go onto the map and highlight where you want your heroes to go to hunt and kill monsters. Since this is a management-style video game, you don’t get the opportunity to kill monsters yourself per se, but you can check on the progress of your hunts. There are four areas that you can hunt and they include the forest, mountains, plains and swamp. It’s advisable that you check often as you might be surprised about what you will find.
Although most players will stick playing with the same team of heroes, there is a timeline to this game and they will all retire. Thankfully, this game knows this and you have the option of recruiting new heroes at any time. You can even sell your current heroes if you feel they are lacking in toughness. Again this is a reference to sports-management titles as managers swap teammates all the time as well. This is a unique feature unlike as in most RPG titles; you’re stuck with the same party members throughout the entire game.
Combat is perhaps the weakest aspect of Path to Pelantas. I’m the type of player that likes to control what I’m doing when it comes to fights. Even though you can choose to “view” battles you don’t really get to see any of the characters physically fight. All you get to see is their profile pictures and their stats. After a battle has concluded, you’re only left with a stats sheet showing how you did. I know this is a management-type of game but it would have hurt if some kind of visual aid was included.
The game itself is in real-time. Events are usually pre-determined on certain days so battle usually occur on Saturdays and quests are usually concluded on the following Monday. It pays to play the game almost daily to see what type of events is happening and to also see the progress of your characters.
One of the most interesting aspects of Path to Pelantas is its non-linear structure. Although there are battles that can be fought and quests to be done, you don’t have to play them if you choose not to. You have the option to play the game the way you want. If you want to specialize in only hunting monsters, then you can. Although playing all aspects of the game is advisable if you want to seek hours of gameplay.
Path to Pelantas is a highly unorthodox game. I haven’t played a non- sports management game before. Again, it may not be a game for everyone’s taste but the fact that it is free to play means anybody can sign up and give this game a try. Whether or not they are fans of RPGs, Path to Pelantas isn’t a time-consuming game and anybody should find something they will like in this game.