children of morta
Adventuring in a dangerous land is scary, but at least you’ve got your family
Family is everything in this RPG from Dead Mage. You don’t just play as one member of the Bergson family, but rather the whole lot. The Bergsons are a clan of heroes and the guardians of Mount Morta who have protected the world of Rea for generations. In recent times a corruption brought on by an ancient evil has been spreading throughout the land, and it’s up to this fearless family to drive it back.
The game’s strong thematic focus on familial bonds echoes throughout the entire design. You start out by playing as the patriarch, John, but you’ll be able to play as many others. Each Bergson has their own fighting style, powers and abilities – for example, John, with his sword and shield, is a tank, while Linda, the eldest daughter, focuses on longrange combat with her bow. There are other, more stealthy characters, or those that focus on magic, so you’ll be able to find a unique hero that suits your own style of play.
Give it a rest
You will, however, need to switch up who you play as from time to time. The longer you adventure and explore, the more you’re exposed to the corruption that plagues the land, and it will start to infect your character. It’s not permanent, but does require you to leave Bergsons at home to rest from time to time. Each family member has their own journey, and you’ll see them improve and grow, both narratively and physically, as you progress.
The corruption is also changing the world around you, so every forest, dungeon and temple you explore will be different every run. You’ll adventure through these procedurally generated areas until you defeat the boss at the end, or die. Death doesn’t end the game, though; every time you lose a life, you’re returned to the family home. This homestead acts as your hub space, where you’ll have the opportunity to upgrade abilities and learn more about the world and the Bergson family. Uncle Ben the blacksmith will help you upgrade and enhance your gear, and Grandma Margaret, a seer and alchemist, is able to brew potions and helps you increase your characters’ attributes. As you level up, you gain skill points which you can spend on each individual Bergson to obtain new abilities, and there are also some powers that you can obtain which the whole family can take advantage of.
There’s something wonderfully unique about the idea of adventuring as a family. Combine this with the interesting gameplay mechanics and beautiful and expressive art style, and you have a compelling game that will likely keep you hooked.
“You’ll be able to find a unique hero that suits your own style of play”
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