The Curious Expedition: Managing a Half-Crazed Adventure Team

The Curious Expedition, a game by a team so indie I couldn’t find their company- Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann, is an early access title. This is a 19th century exploration rogue like, and it is amazing. I will let the images talk for me.

Who to be, who to be?
Who to be, who to be?
Welcome to the club! Now go to dangerous areas and find us stuff.
Welcome to the club! Now go to dangerous places and find us stuff.
Well, off to unknown lands!
Well, off to unknown lands!
Time to stretch our legs after the trip!
Time to stretch our legs after the trip!
Time to explore! :D
Time to explore! 😀
The natives are pretty friendly :)
The natives are pretty friendly 🙂
Time to roll some dice and kill a tiger!
Time to roll some dice and kill a tiger!
May take a few rounds.
May take a few rounds.
And now for a rest. Fighting for your life is hard work!
And now for a rest. Fighting for your life is hard work!
The great pyramid of ARRRGH! Named for the noise made by the first person to discover it!
The great pyramid of ARRRGH! Named for the noise made by the first person to discover it!
And I get a skill for winning the first expedition!
And I get a skill for winning the first expedition!
And after I sell and gift all of these goods, my fame will be higher than these posers ;)
And after I sell and gift all of these goods, my fame will be higher than these posers 😉

Showing yet again that what’s important for a game is not graphics but a consistent art style, The Curious Expedition impressed me with its mechanics for movement and exploration which felt rewarding, combat that required you to plan your expedition for it, and a system for morale that was challenging without being punishing. The music is perfect for a game such as this, and the explorers are well thought out depictions of important real world figures. The game is difficult and very rewarding. It’s a small game with a huge amount of depth. I heartily recommend it!

Personal Game Scoring System:

(Scale of 1-5, one being a hot mess and 5 being amazingly well done)

Fun:5

Polish:5

Update Schedule: 5

Exploring, Exploding, Exciting: 5

Hi! I am Eugene Shenderov, and I am a game designer. You can find my website at www.thisandthatgames.com. Send me a message if you have any questions!

Have a great day!

Eugene Shenderov

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