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Kynseed - Sandbox fantasy life sim


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I stumbled on this today. It came out of early access recently and it's utterly charming. A game where you control characters across generations of your family. Lovely graphics and audio.

 

 

A beautiful life sim sandbox RPG from veterans of the Fable series.

You’ve been given the Kynseed, a mystical acorn that grows into a family tree where your choices manifest in its branches. Raise a family, farm the land, run shops, and explore the world as its inhabitants age around you. When you die, step into the shoes of your children and continue your legacy. In this beautifully hand-crafted world an epic tale of adventure and ambitions will unravel around you as you discover the secrets of the land of Quill and its cast of memorable characters.

Live your life in a quirky world where everyone ages and dies, including your pets! Take control of the mystical Kynseed and grow your family legacy over generations as you pass your skills and powers down to your children.
 

Run a business such as a blacksmith, apothecary, or goods store.

Go adventuring in dangerous regions and battle dark faery tale creatures.

Farm your land to create the various ingredients that you'll come to rely on.

Develop relationships with NPC’s who have their own lives and who will remember your deeds, actions, and pranks!

Find proverbs to unlock the secrets of this mysterious dark faery tale world.

Gather materials to create items, forge weapons or mix cures for a range of bizarre maladies.

Buy strange artifacts from the mysterious Mr Fairweather - items which can aid your chores, help you in combat, or just let you mess with the world. But be warned of his life tax, for each item must be paid with years from your life!

A world and story which aren't always sunshine and roses (just like real life!).


In Kynseed, live your lives the way you choose in a lovingly handcrafted 2D open world.

 

I'm only a few days in but it seems like it's going to be very fun. Perfect for the steam deck.

 

https://store.steampowered.com/app/758870/Kynseed/

 

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8 hours ago, Flub said:

 

Nook wouldn't take years of your life in payment. The less years you can work the less money he can make.

 

I dunno isn't Tom Nook's thing ultimately about power? I don't believe he needs the money.

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6 hours ago, Hamus said:

 

I dunno isn't Tom Nook's thing ultimately about power? I don't believe he needs the money.

 

You could be right. Maybe in this case he wants your soul

6 hours ago, Melon_Bread said:

I worked on this for the last 5 years, it’s been a crazy week. Hope you all enjoy it!

 

I'm only a couple of days into the prologue but I love how utterly charming it is. Thataways in your hair to give directions. The house spirit thing you have to give gifts too daily or be cursed (Is that real?). The art direction is amazing.

 

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Don't we all Holly. Follow your dreams.

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Looks good. How intense is the combat and mini-games - it looks maybe turn based? My sister loves these kind of games but has RSI problems, so can't handle a lot of intense movement/reaction based gameplay. She managed ok with Stardew valley but had to minimise the dungeon crawling. Interested if this might be playable for her.

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2 hours ago, Alan Stock said:

Looks good. How intense is the combat and mini-games - it looks maybe turn based? My sister loves these kind of games but has RSI problems, so can't handle a lot of intense movement/reaction based gameplay. She managed ok with Stardew valley but had to minimise the dungeon crawling. Interested if this might be playable for her.

 

The combat is my fave part of the game, it's got my best sprite work and I got to help out with the design as a whole.

It's not turn based it's a realtime reactive system with an ATB elements, so you can move around freely but need to wait for stamina to recharge to be able to attack. It's a little like Mega Man Battle network or a real time Mario and Luigi RPG, with a sort of roguelike progression where you choose to take the easy route or keep going up to harder levels for more rewards.

You are not forced to do the hard combat stuff in game, it's optional, tho the story will require some combat, it's also sectioned off in 3 dungeons of increasing difficulty so no fighting as you go about your daily adventures in Quill.

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This looks wonderful even to someone who is not, by any stretch, an RPG sort. The charming appearance and music really attract but it is the farting woman's ambition and the pic of the Wicker Man in that PC gamer review that have totally sold it to me along with, of course, one of our own having worked on it.

 

Looks like some perfect Christmas holidays gaming...

 

 

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I've finished the prologue and gotten hit in the face with the sandbox. No idea what I want to do next :) Also ran into a bug during the last few days of the prologue. My tools menu stopped working properly. It would only show lantern but was actually blueberries. Holding X didn't bring up the tool wheel anymore and pressing B always brought up my rod. I've saved and quit for now. Hopefully it'll be fixed when I next start up.

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I'm really enjoying being past the prologue. I'm out exploring, gathering. I've crafted and sold swords and done the combat tutorial. Combat seems to be really fun.

 

Top tip. If you can pick it up take it.

Something out of reach? Maybe fish around for something to help

There are multiple towns (I've found two so far). If something you want isn't on sale maybe it's elsewhere.

Feed something a gassy apple

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