Paper Sorcerer, a unique RPG on Kickstarter

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Paper Sorcerer using Black Bolt in combat

Paper Sorcerer is a single player, turn-based role-playing game for the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that features an emphasis on strategy, party building, and puzzles. It also needs your help to become a reality. By donating at their Kickstarter page you not only help with the creation of an interesting and unique game, but with lots of extras as a reward for your support.

In Paper Sorcerer you play a powerful sorcerer who is on the cusp of dominating the land until a group of heroes bands together and seals you away inside a magical book. Now you must escape from this prison while regaining your magical powers by defeating foes and summoning creatures to help you. The hand-drawn artwork creates this feeling of being literally trapped in a book with shadows and spooky places to explore.

Unlike other role-playing games with lots of random battles where you fight the same monsters over and over again to level up, all of the encounters in Paper Sorcerer are placed so that fights have an emphasis on strategy rather than experience points. Puzzles have more than one solution so you don’t have to figure out the correct and only way to, for example, open a locked treasure chest. Another neat feature is the ability to summon new members of your party as you progress through the game. You have the flexibility to change them to counter the foes you meet and you don’t have to worry about leveling them up. They also get new skills which makes them all useful no matter when you get access to them.

Paper Sorcerer also has these features:

  • Play as a renegade sorcerer as you struggle to escape a book prison and regain your powers while avoiding heroes who seek to defeat you for good.
  • Leave behind mana for energy, where you use attacks and rechargeable skills to fill your energy meter, then unleash devastating special attacks.
  • Assemble a party of fiendish creatures to join you as allies in battle including zombies, imps, trolls, and minotaurs.
  • Discover open-ended puzzles and solve them with a combinations of spells, items, and your wits.
  • Hand-drawn high-resolution sprites inspired by the work of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century illustrators like Aubrey Beardsley and William Bradley.
  • DRM-free for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, and possibly Xbox Live Indie Arcade and browser.
  • You’ll never have to pay for DLC content.

The following video will give you a better understanding of Paper Sorcerer and how the money will be used from the Kickstarter project. You can also get more information by going to the official site of Ultra Runaway Games, maker of Paper Sorcerer.

If you want to see Paper Sorcerer become a reality, you can donate to the Kickstarter project before July 9, 2012. If it gets funded, then it’s expected to be released in August 2012 for $3.

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