Path to Pelantas is a unique game that reminds me a lot of sports management games. Although it is an RPG-themed video game, you can’t really go out and experience all the action yourself, as everything in this game is simulated.
This is because you are in charge of managing 11 heroes. They are like your team and it is up to you to make sure they stay fit and healthy. Unlike many RPGs, this game doesn’t require you to play for hours on end. It is very possible that you can achieve a lot with this game just by playing it for a few minutes each day.
Handling your heroes can be very easy as they are quite capable of handling situations on their own. You can go to the map and highlight where you want your heroes to go to hunt and kill monsters. Since this is a managerial style video game, you do not have the opportunity to kill monsters yourself, but you can check the progress of your hunts. There are four areas that you can hunt and they include the forest, mountains, plains, and swamp. It is advisable that you check it frequently as you might be surprised by what you will find.
Although most players will continue to play as the same team of heroes, there is a timeline for this game and everyone will retire. Fortunately, this game knows it and you have the option to recruit new heroes at any time. You can even sell your current heroes if you feel like they lack stamina. Again, this is a reference to sports management titles, as managers also trade teammates all the time. This is a unique feature unlike most RPGs; you are stuck with the same party members throughout the game.
Combat is perhaps the weakest aspect of Path to Pelantas. I’m the type of player who likes to control what I do when it comes to fighting. Although you can choose to “watch” battles, you cannot see any of the characters physically fight. All you can see are their profile photos and their stats. Once a battle has concluded, you only have one stat sheet left that shows how you did it. I know this is a managerial type game, but it would have hurt if some kind of visual aid was included.
The game itself is in real time. Events are generally predetermined on certain days, so battles generally occur on Saturdays and missions generally conclude the following Monday. It is worth playing the game almost daily to see what kind of events are happening and also to see the progress of your characters.
One of the most interesting aspects of Path to Pelantas is its non-linear structure. Although there are battles to fight and missions to perform, you don’t have to play them if you choose not to. You have the option to play however you want. If you want to specialize only in hunting monsters, you can. Although it is advisable to play all aspects of the game if you want to find hours of play.
Path to Pelantas is a very unorthodox game. I have never played a non-sports management game before. Again, it may not be a game for everyone, but the fact that it is free means that anyone can sign up and try this game. Whether you are a fan of RPGs or not, Path to Pelantas is not a time-consuming game and anyone should find something to like in this game.