In Epistory: Typing Chronicles, the player takes on the role of a nameless girl who rides on the back of a giant three-tailed fox. As the game begins, the narration makes it clear that the girl is lost and does not know much about where she is and how she got there. The story literally unfolds with the scenery, which is all made of origami-style paper. It becomes clear that a blight has hit this land and as you move through the game you uncover pieces of information about what happened.
It is not long before you encounter the enemies in the game; huge bugs of varying sizes and speeds. In order to rid the land of these creatures, the girl uses magic which the player controls by typing the words that appear on the screen next to the targeted creature. As she defeats enemies and new portions of the world unfold, the girl learns more about herself, the land, and the story that is being written.
This game also features an Arena mode where the player can test their skills in an all-out battle with bugs. The player receives a score at the end which can be compared with other players.
Epistory: Typing Chronicles is available online through Steam. Although the game is rated E for Everyone, it is most appropriate for players who are comfortable with all the letters of the alphabet and can read words on their own with confidence.
The only combat system in Epistory: Typing Chronicles relies on the player’s ability to correctly and quickly type words of varying complexity. In order to defeat the enemies, the player needs to access their Working Memory and be able to type words while looking at the screen. Because some bugs have more words attached to them or move quickly, the player also needs to be able to manipulate their character out of the way to give themselves more time if necessary. Players who struggle with Working Memory or typing without looking at the keyboard may find themselves needing to restart a battle a few times before they get the hang of the gameplay.
While some parts of Epistory: Typing Chronicles are casually wandering through the landscape and finding additional pieces of information about the story, the battle against the bug enemies requires more focus as it happens in real-time. This means that there are no “turns” and the bugs never stop approaching until they have all been defeated. A player needs to be able to focus on typing the words accurately and quickly, and maneuvering away from the bugs if they need more time. Without Focus, the player may find themselves being overrun and needing to repeat the level.
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