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Shoppe Keep

 

 

SCORE: 65

Shoppe Keep 

 

Family Friendly Gaming was given a digital download code for Shoppe Keep on the Xbox One. This game was originally released on the Personal Computer (PC), and has been ported to the PS4 and Xbox One. Shoppe Keep feels and looks like a VR game to me. The graphics, feel, and what we do feels like a VR game. Plus Shoppe Keep looks like some other VR games on the market.

Expect long loading times after downloading this 1.52 gig video game. I found no information on a physical copy version of Shoppe Keep. I did find there is a sequel on the PC coming in April of 2018. Shoppe Keep has a medieval look and sound to it. The music reminds me of certain medieval fairs I have attended in the past. Why are there medieval fairs? I guess some people miss that era. I do not. After all the Black Plague came from that era.

Shoppe Keep is an indie game. Once you see the graphics you will agree with me on that. The controls on the Xbox One are very touchy. Move up too much and there is the ceiling. Move down the same and there is the floor. Thankfully there is some customization to the controls. Sadly they did not help enough for my flavor. The tutorial instructions are written in a tiny little font. My eye doctor tests me with larger letters and I wind up with 20/20 vision.

I found some of the controls in Shoppe Keep to be confusing. I figured out how to get tables in the store. I even found out about going to the trash can to get items to sell. Can you imagine they did not fly off the shelves? I found out about picking prices. Be careful there. If you price things too high then people will try and steal them from you. That means you better attack them. Shoppe Keep has violence, blood (which can be turned off), bad language, and more in it.

The options in Shoppe Keep are Tutorial, Options, Play Game, Controller Scheme, Customize, and Statistics. I ran into issues with ordering items for my store in Shoppe Keep. This downloadable only game gave me a message about ordering by pressing the action button. I pressed every button and nothing happened. I ran into issues like that here and there in Shoppe Keep.

I love the idea of Shoppe Keep. Running a store and selling to adventurers is really cool. Hiring bots to help run the store is cool too. Shoppe Keep needs a graphical upgrade, and a better explanation of what to do. I see promise and potential in Shoppe Keep. I suspect the sequel will address many of the issues in the first game. If you like to figure out how to do things and want to run a medieval shop then check out Shoppe Keep.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 65%
Replay: 80%
Gameplay: 65%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

Publisher: Excalibur Games
Developer: Strange Fire
System: PC/PS4/Xbox One(tested)
Rating: ‘T - THIRTEEN and OLDER ONLY
Violence, Blood, Drug Reference, Mild Language}


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