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[Nintendo Switch] Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim Review

[Nintendo Switch] Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim Review
EdEN
  • On October 4, 2022

Real-time management sim Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim from Klabater is finally ready to go on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Crossroads Inn review!

 

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Real-time management sim Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim from Klabater is finally ready to go on Nintendo Switch. The game debuted on PC back in 2019, and we’re now getting the definitive edition on Nintendo’s console, which includes the non-linear Campaign Mode with 12 different endings, a Sandbox mode where you can go deep into the sim experience, a Scenario Mode with 6 unique stories, and all of the DLC that was previously released on PC, which includes additional workers and items inspired by Klabater games. It’s a Rated M for Mature experience, which means that between that and its management sim angle, it’s not going to be fore everyone!

Your task for Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim will be to build a tavern in the fantasy world of Delcrys, as you forge alliances or work against feuding factions and organizations to try to have the best tavern in the land. You’ll have to not only decorate the tavern and have enough tables for your potential customers, you’ll also have to work on discovering recipes that will allow you to create new dishes and work on creating a varied menu that can attract more and more clients for your business.

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In times of turmoil, as three Kingdoms fight for power after the death of one of its Kings, and with lots of people inside of said Kingdom fighting for the throne, you’ll be working at the Crossroads Inn to do your best job. Unaware of your lineage – what, with being the actual heir to the throne – you’ll take on the journey of a young individual who is preparing to take over his uncle’s business. Martyn is getting too old for sorting out the day-to-day of his establishment, and is ready to teach you all of the basics.

Martyn has convinced the miller to have his son’s wedding party at the inn, so you’ll have to prepare for such an important event. He took an advance payment of 5000 guldens, which you can now use to expand the inn so that it can fit all of the wedding guests. If you’ve played Crossroads Inn before, then you could skip the tutorial. But since odds are this is your first time taking the game for a spin, it’s highly advised that you play through the tutorial, or else you might end up feeling a bit overwhelmed.

 

You’ll move a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick to select the different elements. You can move the camera with the right analog stick, and can zoom in and out by pressing in on the analog stick and pressing up or down, or twist the camera’s view by moving it left and right. To place objects, you can rotate them with the ZL and ZR buttons so that you can place them right where they’re needed. Pressing up and down on the D-Pad will allow you to change windows. You can press left and right on the D-Pad to control the flow of time so that you can slow down or speed up things as needed. The game can also be controlled by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if playing with a Nintendo Switch Lite.

Enter building mode, and you’ll be able to build rooms based on the available options. If you’re not satisfied with the size of the new room, you can always decide to expand it as needed. But if its placement is just off, then you might as well work on removing it. When building rooms, you need to remember to place a door or two, or else there will be no way for people to enter them! You can also add some windows, change the color of the walls and floors, or change the roof’s shape.

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If you notice an exclamation point on top of a character, that means you can start a conversation with them. For conversations, you can sometimes use your Innkeeper skills to steer the conversation in a specific direction. Your Innkeeper skills are Wisdom, Passion, Deception, Oratory, and Intimidation. The chance of using these Innkeeper skills successfully will be based on tests difficulty and skill level. To increase your skill level, you’re going to have to use your skills, even if they’re not successful.

There’s no way you can do everything on your own, which is why you’ll need to have employees to help you run things as you juggle the different resources in Crossroad Inn, so that you can improve the building and develop its different sections. Caretakers are tasked with cleaning, taking orders and serving customers, cleaning dishes, and keeping the room in order. They can have three levels of development: Servant, Maid, and Housekeeper. Employees can get tired, so you should build a room where they can unwind and get some much-needed rest. There also need to be employees working as kitchen staff so that they can prepare dishes and operate the equipment responsible for food production, such as a bread oven. Kitchen staff will develop from Kitchenhand to Cook to Chef.

 

Labourers will perform physical tasks such as carrying goods, removing debris, repairing objects, and more. They can develop from Drudge to Workman to Foreman. Scoundrels will handle gambling tables to generate some extra revenue… as well as try to steal money from clients! Scoundrels will go from Tinhorn to Crook to Swindler. And then, there are the Watchmen. They will patrol the area, throwing out any problematic patrons and thieves, thus lowering the chance of you being robbed, of a fight breaking out, or of a fire breaking out in your fine establishment. Watchmen can develop from Thug to Bouncer to Veteran.

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You’ll have to keep an eye on your employees to check their level, mood, the current action they’re performing, their traits, and what their salary is. If an employee has a blue icon over them, that means they’re taking a break. If the icon is brown, then its currently working. They’re human, which means that they can also get sick! They can end up with a cold, have food poisoning, or even a hangover. When an employee is not feeling well, green particles will start to float around it. An employee that is sick might get better just from getting some rest for a while, but the best options are for them to see a physician, or to get some medicine. As long as the right type of medicine is available, they’ll even take it on their own! Depending on their current situation, they can lager for a hangover, medicine for food poisoning, or herbs if they’re suffering from a cold.

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Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim has a lot to offer… as long as you have the patience needed to learn all of its gameplay mechanics, and are able to handle the resource management side of things. Given its Rated M for Mature nature, as well as the management sim gameplay mechanics, this is a game that won’t be for everyone. There’s some slowdown here and there, especially when the game is trying to load new elements into the scene. Another issue will be the tiny, tiny text you have to read, which is an issue present in many games that start their life as PC releases. Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.

Disclaimer
This Crossroads Inn: A Fantasy Tavern Sim review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Klabater.

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Challenging tavern sim experience
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