Alright. It’s confession time. Despite primarily writing about video games and identifying as a gamer there is one genre that I have never delved into, and that is the world of fantasy MMO RPGs. Sure I’d goofed around in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic with Rick when he used to go out of town for business, but it wasn’t really something I played on my own, and while I still have deep fondness for defunct non-violent MMO Glitch, it did lack that button mash-y hook that I seem to respond so well to in games.
So, when I was invited to try free-to-play voxel MMO RPG TROVE, I figured I’d just noodle around for a couple of hours, write you guys a quick little post and move on.
That has not been the case.
TROVE is, in a lot of ways, basically the MMO RPG version of Minecraft, another game I have never played. Yes, I know plenty of people who play and love it, but something about pure creation games leave me a little cold. I get anxious about not being creative enough or I just fail to get inspired and move on to something else. However, TROVE has building and adventuring modes that you can switch back and forth to, meaning that you can build epic structures and clear dungeons in the SAME GAME!
TROVE also won my heart by being very colourful and lighthearted. There’s no overarching plotline, at least not as far as I can tell. You just choose a class and start adventuring. I was very torn about which class I would start with, especially since options include Pirate Captain and Dracolyte, which comes with his own baby dragon(!), but ultimately chose to go with the Candy Barbarian, based largely on the fake Schwarzenegger accent they use in the class trailer.
The other element of TROVE that keeps me coming back is the wonderful sense of discovery. Exploration is a huge part of the game and all the levels are randomly generated, so there is always something new to see and discover. When you enter an Adventure world, it’s divided into a series of different Biomes, all with their own enemy types, dungeons and resources. One of my favourite discoveries came in the Neon City biome, when I stumbled into a huge dungeon with multiple rooms and mini-bosses, all themed around different classic video games like Qbert and Pac-Man. The entrance was even shaped to look like an old school controller.
Much to my surprise I have sunk multiple hours this week into TROVE and even managed to build my own Club World I’ve called Kittentopia. I’ve even started on the second level of my house there and I’m currently on a quest to level up my gardening to the point where I can try for a new mount.
If you like Minecraft but always wanted a little more action, or like WoW but always wanted a chance to be more creative in the game, TROVE may be the game for you. Like I said, it is free to play and it’s available on PC or MAC, so give it a try and say “hi” to me in Kittentopia. I might even let you join my club.