Over the last few years, NIS America has helped many Japanese developers bring their games across to European shores, such as the Disgaea franchise and some of the titles in the Persona series. Culdcept Revolt, the latest release from the long running Culcept series from its original developers Omiya Soft, is the latest game to receive the publisher’s help. Its combination of various types of analog styled gameplay and Japanese role playing game conventions has proven to be an intriguing concept, but is it enjoyable to play?
In a mysterious city that is kept away from the rest of the world, a power hungry ruler has outlawed a group of card wielding magicians known as Cepters, and is proceeding to eliminate them with lethal force. After waking up with his memories gone, a young Cepter named Allen is recruited by a resistance group known as the Free Bats. Together, Allen and his new allies must unite to free the city from its tyrannical overlords, and discover the truth that the sealed off city is hiding in its walls. Although the story does have some weaker moments, the overall narrative is enjoyable, and is filled with genuinely likeable characters such as the kind hearted Alicia and the ironfisted resistance leader Sych. One of the best characters is the morally ambiguous Nighthawk, who does not appear to be the villain that he tries to portray. No matter which character you choose to examine, their individual reactions to the villainous tactics of Count Kraniss is what keeps the player motivated to proceed.
As odd as it might seem, Culdcept Revolt plays like a combination of Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering and Monopoly. With every roll of the dice, you move your Cepter character across the various shaped game boards, whilst performing acquisitions of territory and passing through various gates which provide you with valuable magic points. At the beginning of each battle, a set target known as a Magic Goal is determined. If either duelist’s magic point total reaches that threshold, they are declared the victor of the match. Although the battles themselves are highly entertaining, the number may seem slightly vast at first glance. However, once you have claimed some territories for your own and won a few battles against your character’s opponents, you will soon find that the duels pass relatively quickly.