Crapshoot: Kingdom O’ Magic, a Tolkien parody with Tolkien-less jokes


From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett Crapshoot, wrote a column about rolling the dice to bring random, mysterious games back to light. This week, the comedy game tied 5318008 on the calculator. Then you look up and realize you’re on the Titanic. It is on fire.

Several years ago, a game that decided to combine adventure and RPG in one package. It was exciting. It was dramatic. she was Funny. It produced four series, and it continues to live on in the hearts of players as a true classic. Unfortunately, it has been called Quest for Glory and this is not that game.

Kingdom, Magic he is Similar, except that instead of all that good stuff, imagine a giant comic slingshot being loaded with as much poop as writers can find, and then fired as hard as it can into the nearest wall. It’s the kind of game that’s guaranteed to get a little laugh, if only because of the possibility. Welcome to a world where life is cheap, but not as cheap as jokes.

Kingdom O’ Magic is a game I’ve been meaning to look at for a while, but it’s always stuck in the background — not because it doesn’t boast the recommended weekly dose of the weird and the mysterious, but because it’s really hard to write about comedy games. Writing a bad joke gives no more flavor than repeating a good joke out of its context, and it is a fundamental law of the universe that the only thing less funny than a bad joke is the funny ridicule you make. Your only chance is to have a joke so good… so amazing… that the creators will hear it, commit suicide to escape the shame, and leave all their money to you so the world can build a solid gold statue to commemorate the unprecedented comedy. Genius.

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