Fresh from their success on the original ‘Dragon Age: Origins’, BioWare pushed immediately into production on ‘Dragon Age II’, turning the game around on an impossibly fast schedule and releasing to mixed reviews. It was a pleasant surprise then that they also found time to repeat the success of ‘Dragon Age Journeys’ with a companion flash game released through Facebook.
Developed by EA to promote the release of ‘Dragon Age: Origins’, this Flash based browser game allowed players to learn about details of the world setting and experience some elements of the big-budget title for free in the months leading up to its release.
I’m deeply thankful to Elements for finally testing out an adventure mode because it allows me to legitimately write about one of my favourite games without having to bend the ‘RPGs only’ rule here at My Boxed Universe. Not that I intend to allow my personal experiences with this title sway me, this will be a fair and balanced review.
Sometimes reviews come too late. Deep Realms was a Facebook exclusive Social RPG that is now no longer available to play. The game has vanished and even the official Facebook page has been taken down. It’s a crying shame too because for a while there this was the pinnacle of RPGs on that medium.
Once upon a time in-browser games were a rarity reserved for the occasional Adobe Flash game. RPGs were rare in this medium, in a landscape dominated by dating sims, puzzle games and platformers. Many people considered them too much of an investment and too broad in scale to work within the medium. Into this landscape came Adventure Quest, one of the earliest examples of a casual, social RPG.
For all of the games based on recreating the idea of a pen and paper RPG, few actually take that genre to heart. There are a thousand games that use the Dungeons and Dragons license or parts of the background system driving it all but they tend to be graphical powerhouses, flaunting graphics over dice rolls. Syrth is a pen and paper game for the internet generation.