Pendragon

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2020

After 80 Days and Heavens' Vault, Inkle shows again its talent with Pendragon, a narrative experiment set in the Arthurian legend

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78 / 100
Sep 22, 2020

An accessible strategy game tied to a powerful, dynamic story generator.

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Recommended
Sep 22, 2020

A new classic of narrative and strategy, and a game with plenty of space for the player to enjoy themselves.

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6 / 10
Sep 25, 2020

Pendragon is a fascinating but flawed experiment in procedural narrative.

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7 / 10
Oct 14, 2020

Pendragon is a great introduction to the strategy genre and is easy to pick up and play without the fear of being overwhelmed by menus and options. Multiple characters, dialogue options and areas ensure no two playthroughs will be the same.

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Unscored
Sep 22, 2020

I think the rules are still a bit too opaque for my liking. But they are, typically for Inkle, very elegant, and trust them to be the developers to weave them in with stories of knights and chivalry in such a neat way. Inkle are still better at story than strategy, though. I’ll beat Mordred one day. I just suspect it will take me a long while, is the only thing.

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88 / 100
Oct 7, 2020

I’ve played Pendragon dozens of times. I’ve unlocked most of the characters (I still can’t see to get Branwen the archer to trust me) and I know there are stories I haven’t pursued to their conclusions (Excalibur is out there, and I will find it). So rather than a traditional RPG or strategy game, Pendragon plays like an impressionistic take on a classic Nintendo formula. You’ll tell your own stories and if you play them right, the dream of Camelot will live on.

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8 / 10
Sep 22, 2020

Pendragon wants to help you tell a story of the last days of King Arthur, and how much that idea appeals to you is exactly how much you'll like it. Not every story works, but not every story has to.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 15, 2020

A delightful rogulike where you collect stories rather than powerups. Pendragon is a surprising look at the tales of King Arthur, but it's a little light on the strategic combat.

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4 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2020

From Inkle, the creators of Heaven’s Vault and 80 Days, comes Pendragon, a rogue-like narrative strategy game. It hopes to blend writing and gameplay, to constantly have one influence the other. While it succeeds in some ways, it falls short in so many others.

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