Yaga The Role Playing Folktale, by Versus Evil, is as the name implies. A role playing game inspired by Slavic Folklore and Pagan beliefs, as stated in the description. It seems like a simple game, but it is more complex than meets the eye.
The basic story is you play a one handed blacksmith with bad luck. I don't really understand the bad luck part of the game, but it goes with the story. At times a bad luck spirit comes out and appears to attack you and he takes your weapons. However, I have only found one way to lower your bad luck temporarily and that is not always available.
As Yaga you have to go on several missions by the tzar. As you do this there are side missions and other missions required to get to the end goal of the main mission. Your choices along the way will effect how you accomplish the goal. The choices can make it easier or harder.
There is also a witch named Baba Yaga, and here friends. The witches play the part of the story tellers and guide decisions when your game progresses or when Yaga dies. At times you can continue and other times you have to go back to the campsite and restart that portion of the game. This is one of my biggest annoyance with the game. When you run out of revives you have to restart that entire part of the game over. None of the progress is saved. Plus, the map changes too! None of the progress in that mission is saved. If you gave a giant chicken a piece of corn once, you have to do it again and again until you reach the end goal. It would be nice if the different locations have save points or checkpoints to go back to when you die instead of going back to the campsite and having to restart.
Here is another annoyance. When you die the witches tell you you left your gear behind. You go back. to the campsite and it appears as if you have to reforge a new weapon, shield, etc. However, if you look in your inventory all of your previous items are still there and you just have to arm them.
As far as gameplay, I did find it much easier to play on the larger iPad screen and with a controller. Controlling Yaga and fighting enemies is much better with a controller. Also, there is a lot to read and it is difficult to read on an iPhone screen. There is fantastic voiceover that can help with this, however, many people might be using the iPhone in a place where they have the sound muted and have to rely on the text.
Annoyances aside, Yaga is a fun game and there is a lot of game to play. I am having a lot of fun playing it and I don't want to put it down. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
AArcade Reviews Rating 4 out of 5
Here is some gameplay of the game. I might contain possible spoilers on how to accomplish part of the second missions so I am putting it at the end of the review.
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