Tales From Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Tales From Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation by BKOM Studios.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Tales From Candlekeep is a board game style tactical RPG that’s actually based on a board game of the same name. It’s part of the Dungeons and Dragons adventure series so it uses a very different set of rules from the many other Dungeons and Dragons RPG’s out there.
The game puts you in the role of a 4 person party, each of a unique class and race. The characters include a Ranger, Wizard, Paladin and Bard. The characters races are Human, Aarakocra, Saurial, and Tabaxi, respectively. In the hero selection screen you can add the characters to the party, change their skills and view their stats.
On the world map you can choose the missions you wish to take part in. You must complete each mission in order but there are some side missions that you can complete to earn bonus XP, Gold and Items. Each mission has 3 difficulty levels as well and the rewards are greater the harder the difficulty.
The world map also allows you to use materials gathered during a mission to craft equipment for your characters. There are 4 different areas to craft equipment including Armor, Main Weapon, Secondary Weapon, and Accessories. Each piece of equipment has 5 different levels from common all the way to legendary. It’ll require a lot of materials to craft all of the equipment for each character so it’s a good idea to loot chests whenever possible.
It’s worth mentioning that from the very start of the game, it works against you in ever possible way. Not only do the enemies want you dead but so too does the world you’re exploring.
During the game there are 3 different phases for each character. The hero phase allows you to move around the active hero and perform actions. Next comes the exploration phase which can have positive or negative effects.
If your character is near the edge of the tile, the exploration phase will load a new tile for you to explore. If you aren’t the game will give you a negative effect based on the roll of the dice. Negative effects can not only stun your characters but also damage them. This is what I meant when I said the game actively works against you.
The third, and final, phase is the villain phase. Any enemies that are visible will perform their turns, usually to attack your characters.
I have to admit, I’ve been enjoying the game quite a lot. The game is pretty challenging, especially if your characters don’t have very good equipment but it’s also really addicting as well. It’s definitely one of the better board game inspired video games that I’ve played and if you’re a fan of Dungeons and Dragons or even the board game itself, you’ll likely find this game to be quite enjoyable. I will say that it might take a little bit to get used to the unique rules but once you understand it it’s really quite simple to get into.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read the review. I’ll be back with another review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Bonus Game Info
Tales From Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation$15.99
Features of Interest
- Fun, Challenging Gameplay
- Quite A Bit of Replay Value For Missions
- Can Craft Equipment For Each Character
- Each Character is Unique
- Doesn't Have Much Story To It
- The Unique Rules May Take Some Getting Used To
- The Enemies All Attack At Once But Your Characters Attack One At A Time