This is a text-based browser game based on the Dragon Age universe where you have one week to gather resources before an event occurs for which you must be prepared. To do so, you draw cards from a deck and make decisions. Sometimes you'll get different decks (when you're working towards precise objectives) but otherwise, you govern your city as you want, hearing citizens and solving issues. It's a fairly decent game and I enjoyed my time with it.

The main issue I have with this game is the timer, you have 20 actions and you regain one each 20 minutes, prompting you to pay real money to buy more actions. Okay, it's not a big deal, but some of the things you have to do take more than one action and any game that prevents you from playing it is kinda bad. You can also use your actions to make time go faster - if you just want to get to the end of the game, for instance. It's somehow supposed to be connected with the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, but I didn't care much about that part.

The story is decent enough and you have enough choices and things to look for. You have plenty of attributes (Such as Cunning, Scholarship and Derring-Do) and your city has its own (Dignity, Freedom, Prosperity). There are also three 'negative' stats (Peril, Revolution and Twilight) that can add negative cards to your deck if they're too high. Everything, however, has some use. Different characters and different situations will require certain 'checks' to be done (basically a 1-100 random number which must be lower than the respective value) and everything is used at least for something. Having high Peril might seem a bad idea, but the Dashing Outlaw will give you more clues if you do so. Clues are used to buy certain things and to solve quests.

Speaking of buying things, you accumulate plenty of tokens by various means like Bags of Royal and Favors from the different people of the court and you can use them to get great benefits or to get out of trouble. Altogether, the goal of the game is to gather enough Secrets, Trophies or Viands in order to get enough favor from a religious figure and everything you're doing will work raising your stats - and trying to lower them as less as possible - until you get there. You can recruit people and take many decisions which will have various effects on the story later on. I had much fun with it, trying to balance my stats the best I could. It's a fun little game.

AuthorJérémie Tessier
Categories4/5, RPG