By Spencer . May 12, 2009 . 10:53am
Sword World 2.0 is loosely tied to Record of Lodoss War and is like the Dungeons & Dragons of Japan. Licensing it and making dungeon crawler is the pragmatic way to translate the experience into a video game. Broccoli, known for their many Evangelion games, is doing something out of the ordinary.
Sword World 2.0 Game Book DS is a visual novel based on the franchise. Players tap their way through text and follow a branching plot path to one of the endings. To replicate the experience of playing a tabletalk RPG Sword World 2.0 Game Book DS uses dice rolls to partially determine the events. A retail listing elaborates further, explaining virtual dice are also used for character parameters and enemy encounters.
The idea of simulating the full experience of playing a tabletalk RPG is neat. It’s almost makes Sword World 2.0 Game Book DS the Retro Game Challenge of tabletalk games. Another company should expand on this idea by using the bottom screen to simulate four players rolling dice while the top screen shows a fantasy world.