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The SRPG genre has been mine since Shining Force. I learned early on that I enjoyed this genre more than any other. Turn based role playing games can be close at times. Nothing has ever come close to the Shining Force SRPG video games for me over all of these decades. Nowadays there are all kinds of indie titles and each one puts a little different spin on the genre. Farabel is no exception.

What is the little spin or quirk that Farabel puts on the genre? We play Farabel backwards. It starts at the end and we work our way to the beginning. That means we lose stats after every single battle. We get weaker as the game goes on. No need to grind in Farabel because you will rely more and more on your team as your main character gets weaker and weaker. This is backwards on so many levels.

The issues families can have with Farabel are violence, blood, magic, and more. The two main characters are a king and a high priestess. There is a definite religious system that conflicts with the super majority of Americans. The 431 download size for Farabel is decent. I am not aware of a physical copy version of Farabel available in the US at this time. Farabel is definitely for the hardcore gamers. Casual gamers will get frustrated with Farabel.

The graphics in Farabel are indie. The computer’s AI will go after your weaker characters and gang up on them. Fog of war is present in too many levels for my taste. The king has the power to turn back time so mistakes can be rectified. Characters that are killed in battle do not come back in the next one. Which is weird since we are going backwards in time. Levels will have clear conditions to earn a star.

Farabel includes Campaign Mode, Classic Mode, and Defense mode. There are forty units and eighteen different skills/magics in Farabel. As I write this review Farabel is pre-selling for $9.99. A decent price for a game like this. I will warn you that Farabel is difficult. I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming was given a digital download code to Farabel on the Nintendo Switch. Farabel makes me yearn for a new Shining Force SRPG.
- Paul


Graphics: 60%
Sounds: 60%
Replay/Extras: 60%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: Frogames
Developer: Frogames
Rating: ‘E10+’ – Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY {Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood}
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