When it comes to RPG games, I’ve probably played more than my fair share. So, when this one came out, I played it – as I have many of the new or RPG games on Facebook. There are almost too many games on that site for anyone to play, and it can be hard to tell if a game is really a good one for your personal gaming style without playing it or reading a review that an actual gamer did instead of someone that was paid to write one. I’ve played many a game in my time, and here is my gamer’s review of Deep Realms on Facebook:
As far as the gameplay of Deep Realms goes, it isn’t all that bad. The story line is a bit weak, but the game just came out. So far, the story is that there were five heroes that went out ten years ago to defeat the forces of Chaos. Only two of them came back and won’t talk about it. You grew up on a farm with your brother, Aron, and everything is peachy keen until today… from there, your brother disappears and you are trying to find him. There are mobs to fight, caves, dungeons, and more to explore, as well as an arena and plenty of great social gaming help from your friends.
For those that have played some of the popular Zynga games, especially Treasure Isle, you will already be familiar with how to move about and explore the areas as well as energy and so forth. For those that play normal turn-based RPG games, you will be familiar with the combat and different stats that items can give you. You have to move one space at a time while you are exploring, which eats up one energy for each space. As you go, you gather loot (experience, coins, potions, etc) and you also come across mobs that you must fight. To fight these mobs, you have to use the different skills that you’ve gained so far and pick one to use for each turn. Once you have taken your turn, it is the mob’s turn to go and they can deal damage to you as well. If your health gets too low, you can use a health potion to bump it back up, or you can head to town to rest.
In the town (which is a new feature), you can do everything from challenge other players in the arena to play games of chance to gain really good armor and weapons. You’ll also be able to rest up here without logging out. I really like that they’ve added this part of the game – it makes it more interesting as well as giving you something else to do while you are waiting for your health to go back up.
Overall, the gameplay gets an 8 out of 10 from me.
Now the graphics are a bit corny. They remind me of some old PS2 games I have (that I love), but they aren’t completely horrible either. For those that play games like World of Warcraft, don’t expect those kinds of graphics here. These are more cartoonish, and not quite as sharp. I do like the graphics however, and they are great with the overall feel of the game. I have noticed since starting to play this game that the graphics are getting better as well as the animations and so on. You can see from the screenshots that I’ve put here in this article how the graphics look overall in different areas of the game, as well as be able to determine if you like them or not.
Overall, the graphics get a 7 out of 10 from me.
I normally play Facebook games with the sounds off, mainly for the reason that the vast majority of them stink. Deep Realms has ok music and sound effects – but nothing that I would listen to while I play. The music sounds a bit like a corny version of some Harry Potter background music while they are shopping in the candy store and the sound effects sound like they were fashioned after an old Nintendo game from the 90′s. Personally, I don’t care for them. But, I’m picky and it takes a lot to impress me sound and music wise when it comes to games.
Overall, the sounds get a 2 out of 10 from me.
When it comes to RPG games on Facebook, there are a ton of them… many don’t even count as RPG – the developer simply put that to get more hits. Deep Realms is as close to a turn-based RPG game as it gets, and it’s pretty fun to play. Younger gamers will love this one (my kids do), and even those more seasoned gamers will enjoy playing this one in their free time. The more that the game is developed, the more goods and loot that are added as well as new things to do in the game (i.e. the town), the more gamers will enjoy playing this RPG. I play it and enjoy it.
Overall, I give Deep Realms a solid thumbs up and an 8 out of 10.