A group of magical girls stand on a path bordered by giant roses.

This Crazy Lie Review

This Crazy Lie Review

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what is it? A Shakespearean role-playing game starring Magical Girls.
expect to pay USD10
release date November 10, 2022
developer Zeboyd Digital Entertainment LLC
Publisher Zeboyd Digital Entertainment LLC
audit date i7-10750H, RTX 3070, 16GB RAM
multiplayer game? Do not
association Official website(opens in a new tab)

Romeo – yes, That Romeo – trapped by the thorny tendrils of a giant nightmare plant monster, only the Higher Drama Society of Stratford-upon-Avon, a small group of schoolgirls from another dimension who love Shakespeare’s plays and also secret Magical power that can save him.

How did we get here, and is the beginning of this JRPG-style question properly explained later? The answers to these questions are “it’s okay” and “not really.” This Way Madness Lies is the latest RPG from the creators of Cosmic Star Heroine and Cthulhu Saves the World, and it has no interest in being bogged down by backstories or lengthy explanations – all it wants is for anyone playing the game to get a lot of it as quickly as possible Have fun, and as often as possible.

(Image credit: Zeboyd Games)

This enjoyment-first attitude starts with the difficulty selection screen. The default is “easy”, which is described without judgment as “for those who love stories”. The game makes it very clear that the challenge can be adjusted at any time to suit my mood and without penalty. Not only does this feel very welcome, but it immediately removes a lot of the common problems that RPG players face at one point: If smashing everything in my path feels tedious and boring, why not take the challenge and make things work What’s more fun? If I’m impatient and just want to grab a distant chest with minimal hassle, why not lower the difficulty for a minute or two? For the purposes of this review, I spent most of my time on Medium, and the description feels accurate enough – the game has enough combat to keep me on my toes, but as long as I pay attention and use the party skills well , I might win.

These skills are used in a combat system based on traditional turn-based JRPG dogfights, and then add their own unique twists to it. Focus on careful management of limited (but infinitely replenishable) resources, as well as setting up complementary techniques and powerful status effects for maximum damage. Each party member has an ever-expanding pool of unique abilities for me to assign to one of seven battle slots, and everything is explained using concise descriptions and clear menus, so it’s easy to make informed decisions and create strategies synergy. These features give depth and texture to combat tactics without feeling like I’m doing math homework adorned with monsters, and I like the way I think about myself in each battle rather than blindly mashing one up (which doesn’t exist) “Attack All” button.

(Image credit: Zeboyd Games)

These battles are visually inspired by the battle halftime cutscenes used in Sega’s classic Shining Force series of tactical role-playing games. Not only is it a better style, more games should definitely be stolen, but it’s also a relief to see a modern pixel art game using something other than the already very good Nintendo/Squaresoft classic as a reference. Outside of those scenes – I mean it’s a compliment – the game doesn’t feel overly retro or nostalgic, it’s “just” a good looking RPG that creates a certain style .

It’s a style that helps the game in unexpected ways: being a 2D game whose most demanding special effects are a beautifully animated stage curtain and some transparent spells in combat, there’s simply nothing here to make any blurry Modern machines are taxed, which means This Way Madness Lies is a solid, solid game that runs well, looks good on just about anything, requires little effort, and requires minimal setup before diving in.

The game doesn’t feel overly retro or nostalgic, it’s “just” a good-looking RPG with a certain style in mind.

Of course, even in a pixelated game starring a magical girl, there’s nothing more cliché than the Shakespeare theme that runs through the game. The overarching storyline and a steady stream of little details clearly demonstrate a genuine appreciation for the original text that goes well beyond a quick glance at someone else’s online notes — and there’s a healthy dose of unpretentious honesty in the way they’re approached as well. Some of Shakespeare’s works were not the best bards, and some aspects of some stories should frankly remain in the 17th century. This crazy lie knows it, and the minstrel-loving actor doesn’t waste a second pretending. Specific examples of harmful attitudes, misogyny plots, or bad plot twists are often pointed out in smaller works.

(Image credit: Zeboyd Games)

To help understand ye olde dyaloggue To spice up the text, Zeboyd’s English “translations” are easily accessible at any time, although rewritten lines are very welcome. There’s nothing wrong with trying to keep The Bard up to date, and a lot of what he says in his script is interesting by design, but when I need a second opinion on a particular bard phrase, the game has decided Get into full satirical comedy mode without really trying to modernize the tone and meaning of the original text.

It’s a rare failure that stands out because most of the time the game’s humor really does what it’s meant to be, and the warm and lovable cast really made me laugh out loud in more than a few places. I’m happy to spend time with them even if they do something less adventurous, and the brisk plot nature of their adventures makes it easy for me to commit myself to “just one thing” for hours at a time, especially when the game allows it Its players save as many as possible.

It probably only took me about eight leisurely moments to get to the end, but I really enjoyed them. Zeboyd just knows to the bones how to make a fun RPG, even though it’s busy throwing so many so-called untouchable genre standards out the window and inventing something new and very different to replace them.

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Bart Thompson
Bart is's List Writer . He is from Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, majoring in non-fiction writing. He likes to play The Elder Scrolls Online and learn everything about The Elder Scrolls series.