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Operencia: The Stolen Sun

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Zen Studios’ modern homage to classic first-person dungeon-crawlers takes you to the land of Operencia, an unconventional fantasy world inspired by a faraway land referenced in countless Central European folktales. An old-school turn-based battle system combines with inspiration from unexplored mythology to offer an RPG experience that feels unique yet also familiar. An unknown force has abducted the Sun King Napkiraly, leaving Operencia in a state of perpetual darkness – and eventual doom. From hidden royal tombs and cursed castles to an ascent up the World Tree to reach the Copper Forest of the Land of the Gods, explore diverse settings throughout the far reaches of the land…and beyond. Each location boasts its own unique atmosphere, visual style, level design and puzzles, and many take place entirely outdoors. Operencia is home to an intriguing mix of unexplored mythology and fantastical versions of actual historical locations (e.g., Deva Fortress, Balvanyos) and characters (e.g., Attila, Seven Chieftains of the Magyars), all coming together to form one cohesive new gaming universe. Several of your own seven party members take influence from heroes of forgotten tales told hundreds of years ago, such as the brave knight Mezey and Sebastian the Dragon Slayer.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

This game is one of those that flew under the radar for me when it came out. I only really noticed it lately during one of Steams sales so I read some of the discussions and looked at non spoiler reviews. It seemed like it was something I'd like and for the sale price it was a bargain.
At first I have to admit I didn't know what was going on.. it's not the traditional looking dungeon crawler given the first area has water above you on the ceiling. It wasn't until later where the group characters were talking among themselves that the lore was revealed and it slowly drew me more and more into the game.
As you can see by my playtime, it's sucked me in. This is a game I never even knew about when it was released and just by story alone it keeps me engaged. The characters you meet are interesting and fleshed out and the game reveals information about them and the different areas as you progress.
It's very well put together as an experience. Now I'm wondering what other games like this I've missed.
If you catch it on sale it's a must buy if you're into dungeon crawlers, I'd argue even at it's full price it's worth it based on the size of the game alone.
If anyone has any games that are like this, leave it in the comments.. I'd happily add more like this to my library.
Now, to get back to game.. I'm stuck between two groups of dragons one either side of my path and trying to get out of the tree area.

Review from Steam

Very marginal recommendation. Only get this at a steam sale.
Graphics are nice. Combat animations are pretty decent.
Battles are the melee/ranged you may have seen before - not much new or interesting here.
I like the character banter. It is possibly the most interesting aspect of the game.
The core game though... Ugh, it can get dull fast... Searching up and down and up and down for a way to advance...
If advancing in the game requires finding that one specific key or whatever *at least* allow me to add comments to the map.
The inventory system is a bit odd too. Not sure why the wheel was remade here.
Seems like a wasted opportunity - a lot of the mechanics are there for a great game but... this is not a great game.
Was NOT played in VR mode.

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