Spiritus Games decided to take the age-old fantasy adventure formula and take it to space, giving birth to Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime.
Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime is a game that isn't trying to reinvent the wheel but definitely tries its best to give it a different flavour. Having checked the game out, I thought it would only be fair to give it a bit of spotlight for the Steam Next Fest that's starting in a few hours, before a horde of demos pops up on the store.
What is Fabular: Once Upon a Spacetime?
Much like the subtitle suggests, this game takes numerous hints from fairytales we listened to as kids and goes a bit further by borrowing the appearance of such books with its art and writing styles. On the gameplay level, it's a roguelike that will have you decking out a knightly spaceship.
Fabular takes the player on an adventure that no longer spans just the unknown lands. Instead, it will take players through space and give them some restraints about where they can go but it will also provide choice through branching paths.
A fable would be nothing without an epic journey or a quest and Fabular combines both as the story will have the player attempting to secure the future of the kingdom.
The journey is peppered with events that pop up from time to time, offering a writing flavour that befits the tales of noble knights and their perils as it keeps in the spirit of the player assuming the role of a knight, even though they are in space.
Writing is pretty solid and will not leave the player disappointed but if it's gameplay one strives for, there is quite a bit Fabular offers there as well.
..sand the Knights
As weird as it sounds, this game is all about knightly duels, combat and jousts in space. You get to choose from the typical fantasy RPG roles so regardless of whether one likes bulky and heavy or light and agile, they will find something to fit their taste.
In Fabular, being heavy or light doesn't simply mean slower or faster movement. The game heavily relies on physics for the combat to unfold so if you get the bulky Paladin to pick up the pace, it will not be easy to stop it or change direction.
Additionally, the talents and equipment players choose are physics-based as well so there is a whole lot of emphasis on the literal weight of the player's choices as they try to survive the battles.
So how does all this mesh together?
When someone says knights in space, I immediately picture a hulking Astartes in power armour, ready to obliterate the enemies of the Emperor with overwhelming force. Fabular is quite opposite and it still delivers when it comes to the theme of knights in space, even though these are whimsical rather than grimdark.
Overall, this roguelike deserves you give it a shot at the very least. Depending on whether you click with the genre, art style or top-down narrative, the game could end up being one of your favourites in the near future and the best part is that the demo is free . It costs nothing to give it a try, even the download size is minute.