Unepic was a fairly popular puzzle based game that was originally designed for desktop computer play. It has a loose story about someone having to use the bathroom while playing D&D and then the lights going off and they are in a castle. The puzzle, of course, is all about making it through to get back to the house where you started. It is billed as a “role-playing-game” but it would be more accurate to name it a character game. While you do have many character stats and even an inventory, you don’t develop the character as you would in true RPG. It is a multi-leveled linear play system.
The game design is decent, the story half-baked, and the graphics haven’t been updated – so why would Unepic be the game that was brought out for play on the Wii U? The answer lies in the humor of the game. While offering up some decent game play the whole game is also poking fun at the genre of role playing games.
There are lots of inside jokes and sardonic asides that make this game fun to play. If you have a sense of humor about yourself and the world of gaming, this is a way to play that will also keep you laughing. One quality that was enhanced when the game came to Wii U was the audio. Now you can clearly hear all the Easter eggs that are hidden that make sly references to the gaming culture or other RPG worlds.
Fans of the original Unepic worried that in coming to the advanced technology of the Wii U that it would lose much of its appeal. The developers decided to stick with the original game design and graphics, which may disappoint those who are new to the Unepic world. The graphics are simple, linear 2D. There is nothing fancy going on, but the action is direct and fast.
The other concern of fans was that the developers would redesign the inventory system. In Unepic, you need a host of weapons and items as each one is used very specifically. To have a displayed inventory window would have wrecked the visual scroll of the movement. The developers created a fully integrated way to access your inventory with only a minimum of interruption to the game.
Before you launch yourself into buying the game you had better make sure that you have the right controller for it. You can’t use the handhelds or Pro Controller for this game; it requires a screen controller or the tablet. The way they resolved the inventory issue makes a touch screen necessary for play. The controls also do not correspond to the buttons on the controllers. The other thing you should know is that while the graphics are old school, the sound and game play rate is anything but old. The game may look like it is from the 90s, but it takes every advantage it can of the Wii U system.