[Beyond PlayStation] Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition Review
Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition from Behold Studio and Plug In Digital is the next entry in the very fun tabletop meta RPG series, now in space! Check our Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition review!
Behold Studios and Plug in Digital are back with a new tabletop meta RPG game on Nintendo Switch! I had a lot of fun reviewing the highly addictive Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition on Nintendo’s console, as well as its sequel, the aptly titled Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition. The first title gave us an 8-bit inspired look and feel, with the accompanying soundtrack, while its sequel took things further, into 16-bit territory, with more detailed graphics and a game that expanded on what its predecessor did. It’s now 2020, and it’s time to enjoy Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, which, as its name suggests, moves the action into space!
The first step in your adventure will be to select who the Galactic Master – the GM – will be. You can give it a nickname, and customize its look by select from the different head, body, gadget, and chair options – you can also click on the Random button at the bottom of the screen to have the game come up with a randomized configuration for the GM. After this, it be time to create the characters you’ll be taking on this interstellar adventure!
Once you’re ready to do this, select one of the empty slots at the bottom of the screen to have the game roll the dice that will establish your character’s Power, Body, Mind, and Senses stats. Power will be used to determine how much damage you can deal. Body will affect your character’s HP, shield, and threat. Mind will be used for setting your character’s SP and shield. Senses is an attribute that will have an impact on your character’s initiative, shield, regeneration, critical chance, and critical damage, making it a very important stat!
Based on the role of the dice, you will the option of selecting from the different classes that can benefit from the base stats you rolled. Some of the options are, for instance, the Tragedian, who is a bit on the tragic side of things, which is why it has a passive skill that motivates it more the closer it’s to death. The Anarchist is against the established damage system, so its damage output will vary greatly. You could also select a Provider, who is always ready to bring pizzas and drinks to the party so that no one has to go hungry.
You can also select its race. Greens are the inventors of four-dimensional space chess, and have a passive skill that gives you a chance to not spend any SP when using a skill. Simian have big fists and furry eyebrows, which allow them to get a slight chance to have their attacks also hit adjacent targets. Humans get the advantage of starting with two skill slots and can also equip one extra gadget, which can prove to be useful. Mechans have more HP than any other race in the galaxy, making them good tank options. These are only some character class and race options, and as you progress through the game you’ll be able to unlock more!
The battles you’ll take on can be customized depending on how difficulty of a fight you want to have. You can add or remove enemies from the fight, which will have an effect on how difficult it will be. Be sure to pay attention to the enemy type you’ll be battling, it’s HP, shield, and damage, as well as its critical and dodge percentages, so that you don’t end up biting more than you can chew! The more enemies you fight against, the more bonuses you can get, with extra credits, extra experience points, and extra loot up for grabs.
The credits you obtain from wining fights and completing quests can be used to purchase consumables to aid you on your adventure to recover lost HP or SP, to recover some of your missing shield – while also boosting your shield regen rate for a few turns -, or to remove any negative status effects. You can also buy a variety of miscellaneous items for each region that you visit, as well as gadgets you can equip to your party members to boost their stats – a little extra base shield regen or SP can go a long way!
As for experience points, they’re used to determine the expertise of your characters. Once a character has gained enough experience points, it will level up, which will give it a boost to its shield, HP, SP, damage, and shield regen stats. A more powerful shield is a must, since it will allow it to absorb some of the damage that would go towards the HP of a character, and a faster shield regen can save your life. And the higher a character’s level, the more skills it will be able to equip, thus increasing its odds of survival.
Your adventure will only continue to grow in scale, and nothing showcases this better than when a spaceship crashes near the site of one of your quests! Once you find this ship – and are freed from the nasty contract you signed with Vestro that had a fine print stating you would pretty much be his slave until you managed to pay a stupidly crazy amount of money – you will get to explore other locations. The better you are at this whole space quest thing, the better your overall Reputation will be, opening the door for more crazy adventures! Just be sure to spend your hard-earned money on some 3D printed pizza so that you can be ready to heal your wounds at all times.
Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition has a list of in-game achievements for you to work on as you play through the game. There are achievements for engaging a pirate ship and winning the battle, for playing with four roleplayers at once, for unlocking the Meditech, Negotiator, Heavy, and Savage classes, for gathering 100 minerals, landing on 25 different planets, defeating a boss while a single character remains alive, for reaching level 25, or for talking to 50 NPCs, to name some examples.
Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition improves on everything that its two prequels did, giving us a bigger and better campaign, streamlines spaced battles, an interplanetary adventure, and a lot of customization options for your party. You can get the game on its own for $12.49, or you can go all in with the Pen and Paper Games Bundle which includes Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Edition, and Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition for $29.99.
This Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Plug in Digital.