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Flashback: Curious Expedition 2 (Nintendo Switch)

Curious Expedition 2 is a roguelike adventure and strategy game developed by Maschinen Mensch and published by Thunderful. What begins as a fascinating adventure with amusing elements of exploration unfortunately quickly becomes monotonous.

Curious expedition 2

The game starts with a prologue that also functions as a tutorial. The tutorial is needed, although the gameplay itself is relatively simple. A lot happens during your adventure, from exploring and meeting new people to trading with them to recruiting for your team.

The story was strong, but I found myself fading it out while playing the game. Why? Because the gameplay was getting stale and I wanted to get through it quickly.

Curious expedition 2

Curious Expedition 2 is set in the 19th century and is about a group of explorers. They take on quests, search for treasure and explore the world. All the while they are trying to figure out what this purple haze is all about and why it is slowly covering the map.

It sounds good in theory, but the gameplay wasn’t on the same level. I enjoyed the prologue as the experience was new to me. The map is fun to explore as more fog is removed with each step so you can see more of the map. People and animals can be seen there as well as areas that you can visit and explore further.

Curious expedition 2

You can recruit new people to meet, trade with them, and gain their trust so that you can sleep and rest in their village. Each field on the card costs “health”. To get well again, you need to rest or eat something like chocolate or whiskey.

What bothered me about Curious Expedition 2 was that it’s almost like a visual novel in some ways, but you have little control over what happens. For example, when I want to make friends with a villager, I can’t say whether I want to or not. I have to roll a set of dice, and if I can get the right color, then I can. If not, I fail and problems arise. Maybe this should happen so that you have some replayability. But the problem with that is, if I want a different result, it’s still left to chance.

Curious expedition 2

Sure, that’s what makes it so that you face quite a few challenges in the game. Rolling the dice is also the combat system, which I liked a lot. However, there was little fighting. Trading has also been difficult because the NPCs know what fair trade is and if I don’t have anything they don’t want, I can’t trade. This got me in a couple of bottlenecks, especially when I was out of my mind.

In each area you go through the map, go to different locations, roll the dice and finally get what you need. However, I failed on my first quest because I was supposed to explore a pyramid. I did and found treasure so I left thinking I had achieved my goal. Just that it wasn’t the treasure I was supposed to get and the game believed I should “give up” the mission. So I had to start over.

Curious expedition 2

The strongest part of Curious Expedition 2 was the aesthetics. The hand drawn art style was vibrant and crisp and the music was on point. The story was good, but thanks to the repetitive gameplay and lack of control over my decisions, it wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

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