Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC
- Publisher: Humble Originals
- Developer: AP Thomson
- Release Date: Feb 2, 2018
- Release:$12* (monthly subscription fee)
- Price: NR
- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=harlequinkitty
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Fortune-499 has players taking the role of Cassandra—simply as Cassie for most of the game though—who is an oracle working in an office environment. Terrible monsters have seemed to taken over the office and Cassie must use her strange fortune telling powers to take down these foes. On paper, Fortune-499 seems like a generic RPG but there are some rather unique ideas that are utilized. Cassie is a fortune teller/oracle, right? Thus, that is her main strength in Fortune-499 and you’ll understand what we mean in a moment.
In battle, players control Cassie who uses rock, paper, scissors to fight her foes and we mean literally. Cassie uses these three attacks but with the inclusion of oracle cards as well. The card-based system is where Fortune-499 becomes different from other turn-based games. Cassie’s cards can manipulate the outcome of the enemy’s turn in battle such as the chance of your enemy throwing scissors out next or even rock/paper. Every card has different components such as making the chance of rock greater or even giving you MP back when they are drawn. This element can make Fortune-499 a bit too reliant on luck at times—not only because you don’t always know what cards you’re going to get but also because enemies don’t always throw out what you predict—which in turn makes it a bit annoying during some battles but it also keeps battles fun and fresh. Later in Fortune-499 you will get other abilities like magic attacks, buffs to your individual attacks and even the ability to hide cards from your enemy’s sight which makes the pacing of the game never feel too repetitive for too long.
As far as exploration goes, Fortune-499 isn’t very complex. Players are usually in the office in random areas either fighting or talking to NPCs. We do love that the main hub of Fortune-499 is an office where you level up via your salary and using said money to go to the gym and enhance your skills. It really feels like a stab at bigger corporations but in a satirical way. Cassie will occasionally go out with friends, get drunk and even struggle with some annoying bosses/coworkers. If you know the office workplace environment then Fortune-499 will make you laugh as it might feel almost like your daily grind. Just minus the monsters and magical battles.
Graphically, Fortune-499 isn’t anything super impressive but it works for what it is. Very reminiscent of old-school JRPGs like Earthbound or even Undertale, Fortune-499 works as a simple title and that’s why we won’t say anything bad about it visually. Musically though, Fortune-499 has an incredible soundtrack with some of the boss battle themes being truly awesome. Use headphones during these sequences as you’ll be jamming out while trying to figure out what to throw out next, maybe a rock or maybe just use some magic skills.
If we had one major complaint about Fortune-499, it would be the odd save system. While Fortune-499 is a short title—4 or 5 hours short—saving in game feels random. There were times where we’d quit the game being halfway through an area and when we load up all our progress was lost. After a while, we assumed it was that Fortune-499 only saves in the beginning and the end of an area but still we kind of wish we’d known that ahead of time. A few times we even quit after beating a boss and found ourselves back in the beginning of the area which sometimes could be truly frustrating.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Satire filled dialogue
- Nice twist on rock, paper and scissors
- Interesting take on real world with a fantastical one
- Clever level up system
- Overly luck-based RPG mechanics at times
- Idea of subscription fee might not be for everyone