Epistory immerses you in an atmospheric action/adventure game where you play a girl riding a giant fox who fights an insectile corruption from an origami world. As you progress and explore this world, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.
Mavis Beacon, move over. We have a new typing tool on the block.
Epistory is a typing adventure game where you explore a world as it unfolds in front of you. Some areas require Inspiration™, which you collect via defeating enemies and fixing corruption throughout the land.
The game controls vary depending on your keyboard format. Oh, the developers made sure to include various formats, several of which I’ve never heard of. On standard QWERTY keyboards, though, it uses WASD to navigate the world, with Spacebar to enter/exit typing mode, and the full keyboard to interact with everything.
Exploring is actually really fun, but confusing. The world is just large enough to have you constantly backtracking as you unlock new abilities to see if you missed anything, but also small enough to make it relatively quickly from one end to the other. It is also easy to get lost at first, as a lot of the world looks relatively the same. I found myself looking at the map constantly to make note of where I was.
The story is both strong and weak. As you navigate the world, little comments and narrations appear in various spots, letting you piece everything together, however it follows what has become a common trope (which I will not spoil for you). I feel the story could have been stronger, but it’s still well written.
I came across only one bug in the game, and it seems to be a scaling issue. Every once in a while, usually due to a board change, the HUD text disappears. I found playing in windowed mode prevented this 99% of the time. The developers are already aware of the issue and are working on a fix.
Overall, I’d give Epistory a Toast rating. It was a fun experience, and I would love to see more games actually make use of the full keyboard in an actual adventure, however, as noted before, the overworld can be confusing and the story is a little tropeish. Also, this game will have you writing a bit slower than normal due to all the word changes, so don’t be discouraged by a low WPM. If you’re looking for a unique experience though, be sure to pick this title up!