Indie game company Kiwiworks’ mobile RPG ‘Witch’s Spring’, which was released in 2015 and was a hit with 2 million paid downloads in the global market, has returned with a PC remake. This is ‘Witch’s Spring R’. This is a highly anticipated game that ranked high at events such as Steam Next Fest and Indiecraft. This game was developed by three developers over three years, and is Kiwiworks’ first PC game. When the development team decided to change platforms and take on the challenge, they decided to remake the first game, which was the origin of the game’s universe. ■ It is a remake of the original that came out 8 years ago, and the story at the beginning of the upgrade is the same as the original. The gods that humans had worshiped for 600 years were called demons and humans rejected them, and a new country and religion was established by taking away their power. And among the descendants born between demons and humans, those who were complete demons were called witches and ostracized, but the surviving witches chose to become stronger on their own. The game begins from the perspective of the main character, Pieberry. The viewpoint is quarter view, and operation supports keyboard and gamepad. So, you can move using the mouse as well as the keyboard and analog. And the process wasn’t difficult as it showed the necessary buttons each time an operation was needed. The graphics have a fairytale-like visual and are of such high quality that it is difficult to say that it was created by three people. In cut scenes, the situation is expressed from various angles, and the character’s facial expressions are expressed in rich detail. In addition, famous voice actors were used and full voices were applied to all characters to increase immersion in the game. The gameplay of the game follows the grammar of a single-player RPG and is largely divided into two types. Based on quests, the game involves finding magic materials, creating items, raising abilities, and fighting against enemies. All action takes place at home and in the field. As you follow quests in the field, you can enjoy the story as it unfolds naturally, and gain experience points through battles that occur in between. There are mobile altars in each major field, allowing for quick movement and repeat battles when enemies respawn. This is because growth is possible only when combat experience increases. Materials are shiny and easy to find, enemies do not move, and you can fight when they approach within a certain range. In the meantime, growth was entirely determined by the user’s choice. Growth happens at home. You can grow your stats through training, and grow Pie Berry through combinations of magic patterns and weapon evolution. The original had a growth period of 100 days, but the remake did not impose this limit. So you can create your own training direction. Training can be done at home. The number of training available is filled over time. There are stats such as HP, MP, magic power, strength, defense, and agility, and the stats increase as you play minigames. There are 10 mini-games, but since one of the selected ones is determined at random, the growth direction can be varied. Of course, it can also be done automatically. ■ An RPG that adds to the fun of strategy. Some shortcomings can be easily corrected. Battles on the field are turn-based like the original. The order of turns appears at the bottom right, and if there are multiple, you can select a target and attack. Attack methods were also subdivided according to the order of turns to increase strategic elements. The feel of the hit is also decent, so you can enjoy hitting it. In addition to the concept of simply hitting or using magic, various passive combat elements were introduced to maximize fun. For example, if the enemy’s attack fails, it counterattacks, and when using stone tablet magic, some of the magic power temporarily remains in the weapon, so if a physical attack is made at this time, an explosion occurs in proportion to the magic power used just before, dealing additional damage. Additionally, if you kill an opponent with a physical attack, the waiting time for physical skills is reduced, and if you call Black Joe during battle, you can use tools without consuming a turn. The pets that appear in this game are very important. You can use various monsters that appear while playing the game as pets. There are about 30 types of pets, and they also have functions such as helping with movement or battle, or pioneering specific routes. If you continue to play the game like this, you will be able to teleport home, and as your character grows, the number of challenges you can pursue will expand. And as the number of spells that can be used increases and the variety of weapons increases, the fun of playing becomes deeper. According to the development team, more than 100 types of equipment and skills are available. In addition, some stages have puzzle elements, so you can enjoy fun such as having to ride a pet because you will fail if you just pass by, or throwing stones to attract fish and then avoiding them. As the game itself is a single-player RPG, you can enjoy the fun of growing leisurely and slowly without competing. However, there are some regrets. This is the part where the location of the fixed point changes whenever the field changes. If you think positively, it gives you a new feeling every time, but if you think negatively, it doesn’t give you consistency. This is an area where preferences may vary from user to user. Also, when dialogue is spoken during battle, the volume of the background sound is not smooth. There have been several instances where it suddenly decreased and then suddenly increased. If the BGM volume in the field is usually 100, the BGM in battle will be around 140, but when the character speaks, it will drastically decrease to around 30. I think this part can be easily resolved with a patch. In this way, ‘Witch’s Spring R’, which I personally enjoyed, can be said to be a rare masterpiece of recent indie games with a solid story, fun unique to the genre, and strategic and colorful battles. We hope that it will be a hit in the global market and raise the status of Korean indie games.
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Witch’s Spring R: A Highly Anticipated PC Remake of Kiwiworks’ Mobile RPG with Strategic Battles and Immersive Storytelling