Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 07/01/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
When I saw Blacksmith Of The Sand Kingdom email come in from KEMCO, I looked it up and I instantly got a flashback of one of KEMCO’s earlier games Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God from back in 2018. This had the player running a restaurant and going out fighting and collecting ingredients. So I was more than excited to get my hands on this one.
Like most games from KEMCO, the story is not massively in depth. You play as Volker, the son of the famed blacksmith of Muspelheim. After Volker’s father passes away, it is up to him to take up the mantel of being a blacksmith. Even with no idea what he is doing, Volker is determined to become as good if not better than his dad. To him he enlists the help of his friend and a fairy (who looks like the Hunger God in Marenian Tavern).
The overall gameplay loop of Blacksmith Of The Sand Kingdom is going to the Adventures Guild, pick up all the quests you can, go to the nearby dungeons collecting materials and slaying monsters. After this go back to the smithy, create all the required items plus extra to sell, go to the Adventures Guild hand in all quests, then go get something to eat. Open the shop, sell items, go sleep and repeat.
Even with its simple game play loop, there is is just something about seeing the money made increase as you create better and more expensive items. Mixed with a fun and more developed battle system from its predecessor and the gameplay, it really fun.
As for the battle system, Blacksmith Of The Sand Kingdom had refined the system that was in place and improved on it making it far more interesting. The battle system keeps the 9v9 square system but improves on the battles over all functions. You can create your own party and define your play style. It is possible to have five fighters, or have a more rounded party of each class. You do you. As these characters level up, they will learn new job specific abilities. As the story progresses, more jobs become available that allow you to change the overall play style of the party member. We can equip a sub job this will also changing stats and abilities. With fourteen jobs to unlock, there are plenty of customisation to be had.
Even with Blacksmith Of The Sand Kingdom improving on the overall systems regarding gameplay, I wish that they have improved the graphics and sounds. The dungeons feel empty and drab in most places, with only a few assets used in each type of dungeon. Not to mention the recurring enemy plate swapped sprites. Same with music, it is now bland and same from most of KEMCO’s offerings.
Overall Blacksmith Of The Sand Kingdom take one of the best games KEMCO has produced and improved all almost everything. If you are a fan of simple crafting and dungeon crawling games or played Marenian Tavern Story, you owe it to yourself to play this one.