Lately I’ve been getting a little more and more into idle games to help me feel like I’m passing the time doing something fun. So late last week we were approached by our good friends at Tinybuild, with their latest game Swag and Sorcery. Tinybuild has a pretty good track record with me thus far regarding their games. Or will it just join the pile of disappointing fantasy?
The game is a weird build of resource gather and crafting game, similar to their last game Graveyard Keeper. Unlike that game, which had a gated system based on technology, this game is gated by how much income you can bring in. It’s definitely easier to get past the hurdles here though, since you can just use crafting to gear up your characters, sell the rest and then buy your levels. Oh, there’s also that, the grind for resources has it so you need to split your resources between gear you need, leveling your characters so they don’t get one shot, and increasing their stats which make better gear. It’s certainly a weird circle monopoly that the game helps you to establish in your village.
While selling your loot isn’t the only way to get gold, although it is the move profitable and somewhat guaranteed, there is a minor event system you can try to exploit. After you build a clothing store—the Swag and Sorcery– you unlock beauty contests. Doll up your characters in their best gear that meets the judges tastes of material, color, class and style to earn reputation as well as resources and gold. But you need to be careful because there is the entry fee to deal with so if it’s a choice between healing your guys and heading back out or the pageant, better to head out and earn your coin the honest and noble murder hobo way.
There’s really not much more to delve into with this game, it being a strange cross between an RPG adventure and an idle game. A simple game, with simple mechanics allows for really anyone to be able to play the game and enjoy it. Send out your groups of adventurers, get loot, get swag…uh and something sorcery.
So part of the reason that this game actually took so long to review, is that from when I first installed the game and a full week later the game has actually changed three times. These aren’t bad updates though because of a bug but more quality of life changes. Originally, the game was actually quite hard to progress out of after the first area gets cleared. So if you find yourself having trouble with the game, I hate to tell you this but this is the easier version than what I was playing. Although more than likely you’re just unlucky with the random gear crafting. The two follow up changes added extra options at the end of an adventure allowing for much easier grinding.
While it’s not the strongest title that has been released by Tinybuild, it’s still a fun and solid game. Very easy to put down and pick up again where you left off. So if you like playing games in quick bursts because you’re just that busy, Swag and Sorcery is worth what little time you have to play it. Until next time.