Sword of the Necromancer

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Based on 26 critic reviews
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7 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2021

Sword of the Necromancer is by no means a perfect game, but it's still enjoyable with a few issues here and there. Tama never feels like she's getting stronger and the monsters you summon are hit and miss as to whether they'll actually be effective in a fight or just randomly run around the room going nowhere near where you want them to. The bosses are also hit and miss when it comes to those that require strategy and those that just have you run away for a bit before getting in one or two hits and repeating. However, the story is great and well voice-acted and the soundtrack has a lot of nice tracks to listen to.

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5.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2021

I will almost certainly play a sequel if there is one but Sword of the Necromancer is a hard sell. It might be worth resurrecting, but not more than once.

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Feb 28, 2021

Sword of the Necromancer offers some new ideas, however they are just so minor that the game just doesn't stand out from its competition at all.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2021

Sword of the Necromancer is an enjoyable game with a story that really makes you want to play more, though after playing through the same sections multiple times with a lot of the same enemies can get repetitive after a while, especially once you get to the end and realise you need to start over for the full ending.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2021

The development team clearly understands how important is to ground players into a narrative. But they need to make sure that there's deeper integration between the world and the gameplay to create a successful rogue-lite. Right now Sword of the Necromancer is like one of its monsters, intriguing at first but quickly dropped when it no longer seems useful.

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5.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2021

There is a soul in Sword of the Necromancer, it is clearly a game made with love and care. Unfortunately though, gameplay feels very limited and repetitive especially when compared with other, far better games. Its not really engaging to play, which is the most important aspect of a video game.

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85 / 100
Feb 18, 2021

Sword of the Necromancer manages to bring something new to the flooded rogue-like genre while providing a heartwarming story. It has a multitude of options to allow players to tailor the game to their liking. It's breadth of mechanics allow for tons of experimentation that will keep you coming back until you finally get the true ending.

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66 / 100
Feb 17, 2021

Sword of the Necromancer is a neat, engaging, and surprising rogue-like with some great ideas and a curiously deep narrative. The mechanic of reviving enemies to fight for you is a great concept, and general features like diverse weapons and effective combat maneuvers feel superb, however, this strange inventory design feels like a huge setback. The inclusion of the latest update which allows for a more customized experience is an improvement, but it did sour my enjoyment of the game just a little to not have it from launch. As it stands, you can’t really let yourself get attached to anything other than the titular sword which directly contradicts the key point of the narrative; that Tama has grown attached to Koko. If you are looking for a nice, light rogue-like to jump into that doesn’t feel mindless, this is the game for you.

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3 / 5.0
Feb 14, 2021

Even though this roguelike RPG isn’t above average, it does a great and welcome job in how it normalises the relationship between its main characters.

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5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2021

For a game that is so focused on telling a compelling story, the use of roguelike mechanics in Sword of Necromancer not only feels out of place but also drags the game down to a point which only the most invested or stubborn ones will reach the ending.

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