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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Sea of Stars 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
You choose between six unique playable combat characters, each with their own backstory, personal objectives, play style, special skills, and synergies with the rest of the party. In turned-based battles, you still need to pull off timed button presses to gain offensive and defensive advantages. Along with timed hits, combat features multi-character combo attacks and boosting from the different characters in your party. Again, unusual for these types of games, the battles that happen in the main game world aren't random encounters. You can always see them coming and decide whether to engage or not.
As you progress you meet dozens of characters and slowly discover an interwoven story. It's a combination of tongue-in-cheek silly while retaining a sense of epic saga. There's also time in the game given over to slower-paced play: sailing, cooking, fishing, and stopping by a tavern to listen to a song. The result is an adventure about friendship and unexpected twists.
You can play this game in the following styles:
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to plan combat and also have good timing to enhance your performance. It's a game that requires exploration and getting around the world as well as understanding and memory for a wide range of characters.
Release Date: 29/08/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 4 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
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