INTRO – A. . . Unique Game, For Sure…
void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium is a game by Nippon Ichi Software (The folks behind the much-loved Disgaea games as well as a few other games). Before I begin this, I want to apologize for how long it’s taken to write this review. I’ve been busy as of late with theatre, college, etc.
With that said, is this game good, mixed, or bad? Either way, let’s get this party started!
STORY – A Lone Girl Meets a Robot AI
The story of Void Terrarium goes as follows.
In a world contaminated with toxic fungi, civilization has collapsed, and a discarded maintenance robot finds a lone human girl named Toriko among the discarded junk in a scrapyard. To ensure her survival, the robot and a decommissioned AI known as factoryAI must create a refuge for her within a terrarium.
That’s about it for the story. For the sake of keeping things as fresh and surprising as possible, unlike other reviews I’ve posted, I won’t be spoiling much of anything beyond that.
From what I have experienced thus far, however, I’m rather impressed with the interactions between Toriko and the Robot.
GAMEPLAY – A Roguelike With a Tamagotchi Twist
Void Terrarium is a Top-down roduelike dungeon crawler RPG with elements of Tamogotchi-like caring moments sprinkled and ingrained into the gameplay. I enjoyed the movement-to-movement combat and story like in most other roguelikes (Glares at Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to infinity in disgust) But I did not care much for the Tamogotochi-like elements in this game. If it were optional, like a mini-game or add-on dlc mode, I’d understand. However, it’s mandatory for story progression, ad I’m just not a fan of it.
FINAL THOUGHTS – A Mixed Experience
This game is quite the mixed bag, personally. I like the dungeon-crawling. I like the ability to choose which stats go up upon level up, and I like the music, soundtrack, story, and characters. What I strongly don’t like is the Tamagotchi-like pet elements that goes towards protecting Toriko from the spores.
I wish I had more positives to say, but I sadly don’t. I recommend you approach with caution.