Geneforge 1-Mutagen is a remaster of the iconic RPG Geneforge, published by Spiderweb Software in 2001. Geneforge is a unique role-playing game where you play as shapers who are masters of genetics and magic and can create a variety of creatures to help them in battle. This introduces a totally unique gameplay mechanism that allows you to create a variety of hard-hitting creatures that can even die for you in battle. Geneforge 1-Mutagen updates the old classic RPG formula with many modern mechanics to give you a taste. Here’s our review of Geneforge 1-Mutagen, in which we create some creatures and explore a forbidden island full of secrets.
You start the game after creating your own character. At the beginning of the game you have the option to choose your class between Shaper, Guardian and Agent. While these are three different classes, the basic story and dialogue of the game remains pretty much the same. Each class has its own strengths and weaknesses. Shaper excels at magic and creativity, but can’t survive long on his own. The Guardian is a master at battles with mêles and creatures, but is bad at magic. This latter agent class excels at magic and weapons, but is rather weak when it comes to character creation.
In addition to the initial strengths and weaknesses of each class, you can further customize your character through the skill tree and training. These skills and abilities can be acquired in the game through skill points, which you earn each time you level up in the game. This allows you to create a character that really suits your play style and gives you a great role-playing experience in this regard. The skills and abilities are varied and completely unique, so even if you only want to work on a few attributes, you can do so and create the best character for you in the game.
Geneforge 1-Mutagen follows a fairly in-depth story that spans the island of Suquia, giving you plenty of options to explore. The story begins with you boarding a ship to train to become a Faper, but your ship is attacked at sea and you are washed up on an island that has been off limits to Fapers for decades. Once on the island, you learn that it holds the secrets of the ancient shapers and is now inhabited by their creatures, both evil and intelligent. While the creatures are forever bound to respect the Shapers, the island has been abandoned by the Shapers and their creations, and they have now created their own civilization there.
In addition to these creations, you will also encounter several that have gone rogue and are hostile to you, the only miller on the island. You can interact with numerous NPCs in various villages and towns, all of which are creations of the ancient shapers that once inhabited this island. However, not all of them are favorable to your arrival. In addition to the rogue creatures, there are other creatures in the thicket that will attack you as you approach them, while some will talk to you before they attack you. The types of enemies in the game don’t differ much from each other, and after spending a few hours in the game, you’ll see all types of enemies already in the game. Still, there’s never a dull moment, and the simple plot and battles will keep you glued to the screen for hours.
Geneforge 1-Mutagen features turn-based combat. Each member of your group takes their turn before your enemies take their turn to attack. You and your creations have both melee and distance combat options, and your creations now also have their own active and passive abilities that you can use to your advantage in-game. The new streamlined user interface provides plenty of room to assign items, spells and attacks on the main screen for greater ease of use. The game interface is also one of my favorite aspects of the game. It is extremely simple and easy to use. Everything is right in front of you, and the developers make very efficient use of the available space.
Depending on the difficulty level you choose, the Geneforge 1 mutagen can be anything from walking to running away from fights with your tail between your legs. Some of the mechanics of the game are still pretty old school, like inventory management. There is no drag and drop, so you have to manually click to select an object, and then assign it a place to rest or move it. They also have a scrap folder where you can collect all the scrap and sell it with one click when you visit a seller or merchant. On the island of Sukia you will find a variety of vendors and traders.
The game has no autosave, except when you enter a level. So if the difficulty is high, you will often have to manually save, because you never know when you will die from an enemy attack in the game. The maps are shrouded in fog, so you can only see a small part of the map that is visible to your characters. All creatures you create will be added to your list. To move them around the map, just click on the tile you want all the characters to move to, and they will all follow your order. Only during battles do you take control of a character to fight the enemy.
The level of detail in the levels is quite high, with many enemies and NPCs found here and there. There are many places in the game where you can look for hidden loot and quests, so exploring in the game is very rewarding. Due to the game’s simple and addictive gameplay, I sometimes completely forgot about my main or side missions and explored random areas until I came across an enemy that was too difficult to face and had to leave the area. One thing is for sure, you will often get lost in the universe of the title and explore one area after another. Although Geneforge was released in 2001, it has a high addiction factor.
One of the most interesting aspects of adding new content is that the developers didn’t just lazily add new missions and maps to the game. Instead, they’ve taken the existing style of the game and integrated it into the game’s new missions and maps, making it feel like it’s already part of the game. There are several new areas to explore this time around, and you can also play and complete a brand new quest that allows you to create a brand new creature that was not part of the original title. This further increases the number of areas you can explore in the game. This is exceptionally good, as the game gives you all the freedom to continue the story or save it for later and explore the many locations on Sukia Island.
Geneforge 1-Mutagen is a true remaster and not just because of the shiny new look. The graphics retain much of their original iconic look, but this time in higher resolution. In addition to the visual overhaul, the developers have also worked on improving the gameplay, which is now very good compared to the original. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original title too, and now the remaster is just the icing on the cake for me. I really hope Spiderweb Software continues this trend of the awesome but classic Geneforge 1 Mutagen sensation and releases remasters of the rest of the series. The new content, including new maps and quests, is sure to offer more and get fans of the franchise excited.
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If you are an old school gamer, there is no other RPG that will captivate you more than Geneforge 1 Mutagen. Everything about Geneforge 1 mutagen is a testament to the excellence of early dungeon-crawling RPGs. With its retro graphics, slow-paced gameplay, and turn-based battles that are as easy as shooting a gun in today’s industry, Geneforge 1-Mutagen is truly a treat for fans of classic RPGs. Geneforge 1-Mutagen benefits from remastered visuals and a few tweaks here and there to make it feel like a modern classic. Geneforge 1-Mutagen is sure to keep you entertained for hours with extensive character customization, fun creatures, and maps and areas to explore for days. Highly recommended if you like RPGs and dungeon crawlers, and a must for fans of classic RPGs.