A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a story about Rollers of the Realm, the pinball game from Phantom Compass and Atlus, that explained just what a pinball RPG is. Now we have a few more details about that, as well as a new trailer.
Via the PlayStation blog, John Hardin, the PR Manager at Atlus, explains a few mechanics of the game:
First, the basics: Rollers of the Realm blends the physics-based gameplay of pinball with all your favorite RPG mechanics. And we’re not joking, you have a whole party of characters that have unique abilities (in the form of pinballs, naturally).
For example, your Rogue — who can steal gold from villagers or deal backstab damage on foes — is the lightest pinball in your arsenal and can be used to squeeze through tight spaces to unlock hidden areas. She also can summon her canine companion, that acts as a multiball to really clear out enemies quickly.
In contrast, there is the larger, heavier, drunken Knight who is less… accurate, but can smash through boxes or other barriers to allow access to new areas on the board. Oh, and his massive size makes it easy for him to bowl over foes, and since he’s a knight, his special ability protects the gutter areas, preventing any pinball from falling.
As you gain new party members in your travels, you’ll find yourself switching between them on the fly to overcome a variety of obstacles. Whether they be carefully constructed blockades, mazes requiring deft agility, or waves of foes blocking your way, picking the right pinball will be crucial to your success. Especially the healer, who can both revive fallen pinballs and repair damage to your flippers.And, of course, there will be treasure chests. What RPG doesn't give chests to loot? In Rollers of the Realm, chests require keys to open, and finding the keys and getting them back to the chests can prove a real puzzle, but successfully managing it can net you gold or character upgrades.
Rollers of the Realm will be a PS4/Vita Cross Buy for $9.99 and is due out in November.
We've got the full list of Rollers of the Realm trophies - check the list for guides to unlocking them.