As someone once said, stupidity breeds contempt.
Scratch that, why feel contempt when you can LOATHE instead?
Yes, The Kingdom of Loathing offers you all the silliness you ever need, on the surface, that is. The creators of The Kingdom of Loathing (KoL for short), Jick and Mr. Skullhead, have designed an intricate kingdom for you to explore in.
Whether it’s the Distant Woods, the Nearby Plains, or the Orc Chasm (no, seriously.), there is nothing less than hilarity in the form of innuendo. Or you can choose to take it as it is.
This game, undoubtedly, calls for the veteran players of every video game genre, for he who has played many games will understand the subtle puns and satires of RPGs and MMOs.
The ridicule, however, has not reduced the gameplay in any way, it runs smoothly, blending and integrating well into the storyline. There is not one part of Jick and Mr. Skullhead’s world that totally does not make sense. If it doesn’t make sense at first, no matter, look back at it later, discover the truth behind the Toot Oriole, or the Possibility (Might be?) Giants.
KoL does not leave newbies out of the picture, and makes an attempt (albeit indefinitely) to lend a helping hand to any new adventurer oblivious of the goings-on in the Kingdom, save scammers, looters and people who are not intellectually aware of their existence and role in the Kingdom.
In lieu of the previous review (there is already one!) of KoL, this review recovers KoL as it goes through its transition out of Beta, and into a complete functioning game with your typical ending boss. But make no mistake, it takes more than Muscle (strength), Moxie (agility) and Mysticality (intelligence) to whoop the Naughty Sorceress’s inviting behind, intricate and tricky puzzles await to be solved, for only the worthy can ascend.
Ascension, the final chapter into the game’s completion, allows the player to “ascend” beyond the heavens. Just that? Aside from being able to converse with your ancestors, you can choose to reincarnate into another class (2 paths, softcore and hardcore), retaining one of your skills, unlocking new areas, familiars and skills!
The chat channel (I assume most of you able to unlock the Altar of Literacy quest) is always open for help and assistance, if required.
As usual, I extend a helping hand to newbies out there and am partially free to answer questions. Drop a PM to ResiLiang ingame if need be and I’ll see how I can help.
The fun (and loathing) never stops at the Kingdom of Loathing, so just in case your faith was wavered over the months…
An Adventurer IS STILL You!