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Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the role-playing meta game is back! (review)

Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the role-playing meta game is back! (review)

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is the new effort of Paradox Interactive landed in these days on the Play Store of Google and onApp Store from Apple. What is Knights of Pen & Paper 2: we could define it as an RPG, but in reality it is a real one meta role-playing game.

In fact, we will play a group of players and their dungeon master struggling with a Dungeons & Dragons-style paper role-playing game. A role-playing game where you play a role-playing game!

We will then find ourselves dropped in a fantasy setting but still sat around a table with cards, dice and with the classics surreal dialogues which often characterize such game sessions. In fact, we find the player who identifies with the role, the one who jokes with the dungeon master, the one who does not think about anything other than pulling water to his mill. If you have already played the first chapter you will have in mind what awaits you, even if they are various news introduced by Paradox Interactive. If, on the other hand, you are approaching the fun world of Knights of Pen & Paper for the first time, and, for the record, you can very well do it with this second chapter, you cannot fail to find the game mechanics that characterize it brilliant.

The fearsome root of evil!

The player can decide if follow the main story, if you set out to discover funny, and sometimes complex, missions secondary, if you gain experience fighting monsters in fights set by the player himself and, unlike the first chapter, also explore dungeon facing traps, random encounters and, of course, finding new treasures. Among the novelties, in addition to dynamically generated dungeons, also a crafting system, new playable races (elves and dwarves) and the influence of the playing field in combat.

Already the first chapter of the role-playing game of Paradox could boast one rather long-lived countryside and this second chapter is certainly no less. THE fighting will be organized to shifts like a real paper role-playing game, with dice rolling, use of skills and spells and saving throws.

Nonetheless Knights of Pen & Paper 2 he never takes himself seriously: hundreds of citations to famous TV series (game of Thrones first of all, there is also the barrier), to films, video games, memes and obviously to the world of paper and non-paper role-playing games, or real tributes to nonsense like one of the many bosses you will meet, the Root of evil, which it is actually an animated root and obviously very bad.

A few small hints also to the gameplay: the game interface and the controls are perfectly adapted at the platforms mobile (a PC version will also be released), and it will be possible to play both in vertical (for example on smartphones) and in horizontal. In this last case we will be able to admire more details of the settings we will explore. Everything is framed in a very nice and colorful 16-bit graphics that you can’t help but adore.

Video review

For the review we tried Knights of Pen & Paper 2 on Apple iPad Mini third generation with a game key kindly provided by Paradox Interactive.


Final judgement

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is available for purchase on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store a € 4.99. One due clarification: are present in-app purchases useful for buying additional currency. We can tell you with absolute certainty that you do not feel the need in the least. If you are a lover of paper and non-paper role-playing games, we advise you not to miss the opportunity to play an extremely fun, self-ironic title with game mechanics capable of satisfying even the most demanding users. If you haven’t had the opportunity to play the first chapter you may want to buy it (for Android you can find it in a Humble Bundle currently on sale) just by facing the second.

  • The meta role-playing game par excellence (and the only one!)
  • Funny and self ironic
  • Delightful 16-bit graphics
  • Long lived
  • Translated into Italian
  • In-app purchases
  • Some minor translation errors