Curious Expedition 2 Review (Steam)

Curious Expedition 2 Review (Steam)

Curious Expedition 2 is a turn-based narrative roguelike set in a reimagined version of the late 19th century that uses procedural gameplay and story elements to create completely unique and epic adventures every time you play.

Pros:

  • Beautiful cartoon graphics.
  • 1.92GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution and graphics quality preset (low/medium/high/ultra).
  • Game settings-instant text, fast rest, and travel speed (slow/normal/fast/very fast).
  • Travel-you pick where to go and set a route. Each time it will have a sanity cost so the longer the journey the more chance of someone going insane.
  • Hand-drawn style cutscenes.
  • Bright and colorful.
  • Opening tutorial map.
  • Gameplays out on a hexagonal map.
  • Clear easy to read travel cost marker.
  • Map uncovers as you play.
  • 3 difficulties-traveler, adventurer, and lunatic.
  • Death consequences setting-restart expedition, wipe year, or wipe campaign.
  • The terrain can influence the travel cost so it would cost more to go through jungles rather than open fields for example.
  • Choose your own adventure style gameplay.
  • Find places of interest and investigate them by choosing options within them.
  • Encounter natives/locals and depending on your actions will determine your overall standing with them which can be good or bad.
  • The game mostly plays out on the map view and interactions or investigating will launch a new area/play zone.
  • Button icons show on the screen.
  • You can stop traveling with a button press.
  • Lower insanity with items.
  • Very easy to get into.
  • Recruit new members to your team, you can view their stats, abilities, and items beforehand.
  • Dice rolling mechanic is used in certain situations.
  • Random encounters can happen.
  • Play how you want, you get missions but you do it your way.
  • Combat- turn-based, you roll dice and they represent healing, defense, attacks a d you take a corresponding die to the action you want to make. You can Reroll dice once per round.
  • Loot drops.
  • Earn EXP as you explore and play which then lets you promote members to increase stats.
  • Save and exit.
  • Before starting a new expedition you choose your team members. You unlock more as you play and the requirements to do so are shown.
  • Expeditions will have their own 1-3 skull difficulty rating and a set budget.
  • Clubs-three to choose from-Lux labs, Taishi Academy, and Royal Avalon Society. You earn a rank with them and can earn unique rewards. You will be given unique tasks and are clearly marked on the map.
  • Items-buy from the shop before you leave and then you can find some in the world or trade/barter with others.
  • At the end of an expedition, you get a load of rewards from your club and the chance to pick one of three bonus items that concentrate on something particular like resting, combat, or healing.
  • Recruit your last team member from a bar before every expedition.
  • Treasure maps can be found.
  • Barter/trades will show a bar that goes green for a good trade and red for a no-deal trade.
  • Paris is like your hub where you can go around visiting and recruiting people.
  • Upgrade weapons and equipment in Paris using expo tickets that you earn from expeditions.
  • Can change clubs every expedition without a penalty.
  • Storage-each character has a set amount they can carry and your ship can hold a lot.
  • Party management system for using items.
  • Quick use Hotbar.
  • Can get quite addictive.
  • Excellent game for the big screen.
  • Butterflies-find and collect these for bonus fame.
  • Shrines-self contained dungeons that have great rewards but generally cause bad things to happen on the map or with the locals.
  • Party members can die, contract diseases, fall in love, leave mid expedition and so much more.

Curious Expedition 2 Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • The controller doesn’t work on all menus and will need you to use the mouse.
  • Once you get so far down in a sanity hole it’s hard to recover.
  • Slow paced.
  • The difficulty ramps up with you only getting high-level expeditions or maybe just the one.
  • Using the map to travel can be annoying as it forgets your destination if you have an event mod travel.
  • Doesn’t do an amazing job of explaining all the items, buffs, and dice.
  • Player selection in Battle is just a hard to see a yellow outline.
  • Repetitive in terms of the same game flow.

Curious Expedition 2 Review (Steam)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.6/10

Summary

Curious Expedition is a game whereby you create a team of intrepid explorers and take on randomly-generated maps. Aside from that you do get a story and pick a club to represent which in turn gives you new characters, items, and weapons. What I found to be really good about the game is it’s like a more fleshed-out choose your own adventure book. You have complete control over what you do travel and encounter wise. The game is governed by sanity, you use sanity to move and each move will lower the meter but also increase the likelihood of a sanity event (bad things happen). You can of course keep it under control with resting, sleeping and items. Maps are covered initially and uncover as you explore but you can buy items like a telescope to uncover large chunks at once or find an ancient burial ground buff or anything really! For that is what Curious Expedition 2 boils down to, it’s a game all about randomness and being able to deal with the unexpected. It nails the adventure feel, it takes a long time to get meaty however as you can customize and create a character build but it’s a hard slog to get there. Curious Expedition 2 improves a lot from the first game but also drops the ball on other things making it a constant up and down experience. I wish it had more variety as it’s the same formula over and over and whilst it’s good in small bursts the game wants to keep you there for hours and all that does is expose the game’s shortcomings. Overall Curious Expedition 2 is a fun but limited game that could do with a bit more variety and longevity.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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