Talisman Prologue (PC) – GameSaga Review

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Graphics – The graphics in Talisman Prologue are not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but they are not mind-blowing either. But that’s not the point of a game like Talisman. Being a video game version of a board game, it’s not about graphics, it’s about gameplay. The artwork for all the various cards in the game is nice though and for the most part you can tell what each space on the game board is supposed to be without having to click on it. 7/10

Sound/Music – Talisman being a fantasy-themed game, you’d expect fantasy-themed music and that’s what you’ll find here. Personally I’ve always been a fan of fantasy type music in games and the music in Talisman is quite good and catchy. The sound effects are fine as well, nothing bad, most are pretty good actually, including a lot of different ones for the various cards in the deck, such as The Hag cackling when you get her. Though some are re-used for multiple cards, but that is probably to expected because how do you come up with a sound effect for a healer versus a mage? 8/10

Gameplay – Talisman is a fun game if you enjoy board games and don’t have a problem with video game adaptations of them. Being based on the board game, the objective of the video game is basically the same thing. You want to complete your quest(s) and get to the Crown of Command to “win” the game. But you can’t just go there right away, because you have to “level up” your character in order to survive. You level up your character through drawing cards that increase stats, acquiring objects to increase them, finding followers, or through board events. There are a few ways to move to the inner region of the board, and the most reliable method is to defeat the Sentinel in combat, but he has a Strength rating of 9. So you’ll likely need at least 9 to beat him. Talisman being a board game based video game, it uses dice for movement and just about every other decision in the game (though some instances have you choose from a list of various choices). So unless you’re extremely lucky, you’ll need a high Strength rating to get to the inner region. You can also get there by building a raft or through teleportation (which is available in various forms). The game progresses until you either complete you Quest Objective or reach the Crown of Command. Unfortunately, there is no save option in Talisman Prologue, so you’ll either have to keep playing until it’s over or leave the game running and come back to it later if you need to stop in the middle of a game. This is also a strictly single player game, which seems odd considering it’s a board game video game. But Talisman Digital Edition which we’ll be reviewing soon as well, offers multiplayer and other new features over Talisman Prologue. 7/10

Story – There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of story in Talisman Prologue. You’re basically limited to what each quest tells you before you embark on it and whatever your class description is. That’s about it. Why are you supposed to go the Crown of Command? Who knows? The game never tells you from what I could tell. But again, this is a board game based video game, which aren’t exactly known for epic storytelling. 4/10

Challenge – As this is a game based on a board game and thus uses dice heavily throughout, a lot of the gameplay in Talisman Prologue is based purely on luck & chance. If you don’t like games like that, you won’t like Talisman, but it actually isn’t as bad as it might seem. You’re not limited in direction of movement, so you can keep going back and forth the same direction each time if you’d like. The “luck of the draw” provides the main challenge in Talisman Prologue. You draw cards from the deck and have to do whatever it says. Some will be good results like adding gold to your inventory, or giving you a Strength object, whereas others will be bad like drawing The Hag card which is a follower who prevents you from getting other followers until you get rid of her. The dice only goes from 1-6, so the most you’ll ever roll normally is 6 (the exception being certain spots on the board [the Warrior class gets two dice, but the values are not combined and thus he can only roll 1-6 as well). 8/10

Replay Value – There doesn’t seem to be a lot of replay value in Talisman Prologue. The game boasts several different classes each with their own quests, though some share quests like the Crown of Command quest (which is the final quest for most classes). So you’ll have plenty of classes to play through before you’re completely finished with the game, but outside of that, there doesn’t appear to be anything else to do, just do the quests for your class(es) and that’s it. There aren’t even any credits upon completing a Crown of Command quest for a class. That being said, the game is still enjoyable to me despite those factors. 4/10

Fun Factor – I had never heard of nor played the board game version of Talisman prior to playing the video game version of it, but if the board game is anything like the video game, it’ll be a fun time as well. Talisman Prologue may lack a lot of depth, but it is just fun to go around and see all the different cards, power up your character and take down all the big bad enemies. Quests can take an hour or more of real time depending on your luck, so there’s tons to do in the game if you want to complete every quest with every class. Whether or not you have fun with Talisman hinges on whether or not you like board games. If you don’t, you probably won’t enjoy this game, but if you do, you’ll find plenty to love in Talisman Prologue. 8/10

Buy It Or Not? – Whether or not you decide to purchase Talisman Prologue depends on how you feel about board games. Personally I like them, so I think the game warrants a purchase. The game isn’t super expensive either, just $7 on Steam, so there’s not a lot to lose even if you don’t wind up liking it. Buy!

Misc Notes – I did notice a few of what appeared to be bugs in the game when playing for this review. One time the game locked up on me completely when I had rolled an outcome that forced me to lose a life for myself or a follower. I had a spell for my character that allowed me to use it to prevent these deaths, so I used it and picked my follower, but the game didn’t do anything after that. It didn’t end the turn, it didn’t kill me or my follower, nothing. It just stopped doing anything. I had to quit the game to get out of it.

There was another bug where I won a fight at The Tavern space on the board. Normally in combat the game plays combat based music and when the battle is over the music goes away. Well this time for some reason, it kept playing, and playing, and playing, even after I successfully engaged in combat with other enemies. Even abandoning the quest didn’t help. I had to exit the game completely to fix it. I like the music in Talisman Prologue, but I don’t want to hear the combat music over top of EVERYTHING else in the game.

Speaking of music, when I experienced this bug, I also tried to lower the volume of the music and sound both with the in-game controls. Neither appeared to do have any effect. Not sure if it was just one time thing or what, but something to make note of.

Overall (Average)6.57/10

Overall (Non-Average) – I added extra points to my score for Talisman Prologue because I enjoy the game and think that while it may have minor flaws, it makes up for them with just being fun to play. The Story & Replay Value are not the main selling points for a game like this, so their low score shouldn’t be weighted as heavily as the other aspects of the game. The minor bugs I encountered were annoying for sure, but they happened once each in hours and hours of playing, which definitely isn’t game-breaking. Talisman Prologue is a worthy purchase for any board game fan or fantasy game fan. You’ll have hours of fun with the game and you’ll likely never play the exact same game more than once as there is so much random luck & chance in the game that each time through will be different even if only slightly. Talisman Prologue makes it easy to pick up and play and you don’t have to know anything about the board game version to play and enjoy the video game version. The game explains things to you along the way and the interface is simple and easy to understand (you simply click the dice or card deck). Talisman Prologue is a worthy addition to any Steam library, especially for only $7. You can also pick up a copy of the game through Amazon by clicking our affiliate link here. Talisman Prologue (PC)   GameSaga Review 9/10

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