Introducing Tales of Illyria, an Episodic Turn-Based RPG with Old School Roots

| May 14, 2013 | Reply

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Admittedly, I’m just a little biased when it comes to the game that I’m about to talk about. I had the pleasure of generating story based content for the game. In other words, I helped make the game what it is today right alongside a very talented team of artists, programmers and designers. That being said, I think many of you would enjoy the game, and that’s one of the main reasons why I’m sharing it here.

Tales of Illyria is a unique episodic party-based RPG that simulates the experience of a traditional pen and paper role-playing game. What sets TOI apart from other games, is the unique gameplay and turn based mechanics. One of our main sources of inspiration when we designed the game was Oregon Trail. Like Oregon Trail, you are on an epic journey, and you must manage all aspects of your party, right down to the supplies you carry. Unfortunately, just comparing the game to Oregon Trail is inaccurate, and so was our original idea to compare the game to the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

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Tales of Illyria is really something new, something fresh, yet it borrows elements from a lot of old school titles. Keep in mind, the game is very text heavy. Although, a lot of the screenshots do show off combat based gameplay, the entirety of the story and unique events that unfold are told through text based message boxes.

I promise it’s a lot more fun than it sounds. This is actually one of the very first games I’ve ever played on my mobile device that has continuously kept me coming back. With a lot of mobile games, I just end up installing them, playing them for a bit and then tossing them to the side. Of course, my personal investment will likely be considered the reason for my infatuation with the game so that is where you come in.

Give the game a try. If you’re not into turn based RPGs then you probably won’t like Tales of Illyria so please just take that into consideration before tossing up a negative review.

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Tales of Illyria Early Access

Right now, the game is half off the normal price, and it will remain that way for the rest of the week. This is because the current release is an early version (99%) complete that may or may not have some minor issues.

To further clarify, here’s more information about the current version of the game:

What you get:

  • 1/2 off the final price
  • A 99% complete game with a balanced economy and combat system
  • Every update and extra content
  • You can get a full refund if you have issues

What you risk:

  • Possible: Downloading might not go smoothly.
  • Rare: You might find a bug.
  • Rare: An encounter may be unbeatable.
  • Very Rare: A later update may require redownloading files.
  • Very Rare: A later update may break your saved games.

Tales of Illyria is a party based RPG hybrid that mixes Oregon Trail and “Choose Your Own Adventure” game mechanics. Each party member has a distinct personality and reacts differently to being sick, running out of supplies or even if a particular decision that you make that goes against their alignment. Combat is tactical but extremely fast, it’s real-time and turn-based. You can either issue every order to each party member individually or let the AI do the work for you.

Tales of Illyria combat

Features:

  • 20+ hours of gameplay
  • 1.5GB of art at full 1080P
  • 75 original music compositions
  • 675 unique encounters
  • 6 unique kingdoms with 42 villages, castles and cities to visit
  • 6 Geographic environments
  • Tons of monsters, shops, equipment, spells and melee fighting styles
  • Equipment changes the appearance of sprites and portraits
  • 250K words, that’s over 4 novels worth of content

After the game installs, additional files will be downloaded. Depending on the resolution you pick, this will range from 750mb to 185mb. Keep in mind, you will need double that amount in free space to install the game.

Get Tales of Illyria Now

As always, follow the Google Play widget below to get the game. Enjoy, and on behalf of the team I’d like to thank you for your support!

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About Briley Kenney ()

Briley is a modern tech/gaming journalist, and electronic gadget enthusiast. All you need to know is that he's a self-proclaimed wordsmith climbing his way to the top. Briley writes for several online publications including Android Headlines, Dottech, The Tech Labs and more. Recently he served as a content writer for the game Tales of Illyria, and he also designed the web portal for the game.