For the King
Top Critic Average
While it doesn’t offer anything strictly new to gamers, the combination of features which form For The King make the game challenging, mechanically welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. Although harsh at times, beyond the control of the player, the game offers in return a consistently fresh experience in the face of impending doom.
Overall For the King is a fun game that will appeal to a broad audience, but the lack of story options may just be annoying enough for people to down their swords and leave the fantasy realm for good.
This is it, folks: the definitive co-operative board game rogue-like RPG has arrived on Nintendo Switch.
Thanks to its rogue like nature, For the King has some replay factor in it, as long as you can psychologically get past the slight grind of having to play the same parts over and over to get deep enough into the game for the variety of scenarios and landscapes to really come into play.
For The King is overall a fantastic combination of game genres and emulates the tabletop experience quite well. Especially when playing with friends together on the couch. It has a ton of content and nature of the game and procedural generation makes the replay value sky high. The technical issues are really the only thing bringing the game down. Just keep in mind the game is challenging and even tells you outright that you are not always meant to win.
For the King has compelling visual style, cool combat mechanics, and a co-op mode, but suffers from an extreme level of difficulty and RNG nonsense.
The roguelike design also helps make it a little more varied, making this great to break out at a game night. In a way, it's like a tabletop campaign without a dungeon master. In the ideal circumstances, it's electric and even just as a solo game, it's a good ride.
What really makes this game much more enjoyable though is playing it with friends locally or online so if you’re looking for something new to sit down with a group and play then maybe give For The King a shot.
I’m obsessed with how cool the visual design is in For the King, I love taking on its challenges with a friend, and I sincerely hope that there’s more to come from IronOak Games. This is a delightful first outing.
Although far simpler on a conceptual level than it lets on, For The King is a charming, addictive blend of rogue-like and tabletop RPG elements, culminating in an experience that is far more than the sum of its parts.