Not So MMO: Demeo PC Edition Review

ByJose A. York

Apr 7, 2022

Demeo: PC Edition by Resolution Games is a port of the award-winning VR tabletop RPG that supports up to four players. The game is cross-platform with the VR Edition and pits your party against the current three mods, with two more planned for late 2022. Players choose from five classes: hunter, wizard, assassin, guardian, and bard.

The game’s three adventures include The Black Sarcophagus, Realm of the Rat King, and Roots of Evil. I had the chance to play two with friends and one alone. I’m impressed with the atmosphere, gameplay, content and replayability. Corn Demeo: PC Edition still has some minor bugs to fix.

Demeo is a turn-based tabletop dungeon crawler where players have two actions each turn. The gameplay loop is simple yet addictive. Reminds me of playing games like Hero Quest. The goal of a mod is for the party to make their way through the first two levels by killing a keychain that spawns in a random location on each floor, then unlocking the stairs to the next level. The party faces the final boss and his minions on the third level.

Most of our Demeo: preview of the PC edition remains true. Music, effects and gameplay create a fun experience. The game shines with a party of four, and it’s the best way to experience the dangers of the 5th world.

The music can get somewhat repetitive, but it’s not noticeable when chatting with friends, planning your tactics to defeat enemies. The music and card games are also interrupted a bit by the occasional humorous commentary from the characters. The use of certain cards like the hunter’s healing potion made the whole group laugh.

Each of Demeo’s courses brings something unique to the party. Our group found it difficult to choose which one was left for each run. I played Demeo in VR, and for me the bard was a new class. So that was my appointment during the exam. While at first, I found it a bit boring because each turn, an action was resumed by casting courage to buff an ally. The challenge escalated once I started stacking the effect over multiple turns to provide damage resistance, extra damage, and a chance to panic enemies.

While playing the Bard, I had to manage to stack my buff and refresh it on party members before it went down completely. Each class has a special ability to deal with. For example, the guardian regularly refreshes his five personal armor points to help mitigate damage.

Our group completed the black sarcophagus on our second attempt. But we have not yet managed to complete the other two modules. Each adventure module has a unique tile set, and it’s important to take note of new cards that can be found in chests or purchased between floors. For example, The Realm of the Rat King is a sewer, and on the second floor the distance players can see is extremely limited unless you have an active torch.

It was nice to see that the earlier issues I noticed with the VR version have been resolved. Not all enemies will rush towards you when you start exploring a level, although it may seem like they will since some randomly generated areas may have multiple lines of sight open. The difficulty also scales based on the number of players in your party. But be aware that losing what four different classes bring to the party for abilities and cards can get you killed quickly.

Demeo’s replay value is high. Each time you start a level, the keychain and the stairs are in different places. Combine that with your random card draws, and each session can vary. I played some games that only lasted an hour, while others lasted until the early morning hours. Your account also ranks up each session, allowing you to unlock small cosmetic items like dice.

Your party continues until everyone is dead or dying. When a character is reduced to zero health, they will die in three turns and will not resurrect until the floor is completed. Another character can pick them up by spending an action to move and heal the dying character for three hit points.

The more often a character is zeroed, the faster it will die. Once everyone is dead, the session ends. Your party will need to restart the adventure module. This can make some sessions difficult depending on the layout of the dungeon and the luck of the card draw.

The PC edition currently has some bugs. When using in-game voice chat, we had to make sure everyone’s mic was working at the start of the dungeon. Sometimes one of us would need to change his mic input in the audio settings and then swap it out again to get everything working.

During a multiplayer session, the dice would rarely roll and not show the correct result when rolled. One of our players also saw the die freeze after rolling it on the table, and from then on it automatically rolled every time it attacked.

I had a case where I had to close the game in task manager. Everyone else was already in the waiting room with their selected characters. When I clicked the ready button, the screen locked to character selection, but I could still hear everything in the background as the others moved around to start the dungeon. We had to restart the module. No other game crashes occurred during a game once a mod was in progress.

These bugs are mostly minor issues that need a bit of tweaking. But for me, the most tedious aspect of the gameplay was moving my character around to attack or activate items. Trying to attack from the right square was frustrating compared to playing Demeo in VR. The highlighted square I was attacking from changed at the last moment when I dropped my character. Sometimes the model would just move next to my target instead of attacking.

Demeo: PC Edition is a great game if you want to chill with a small group of friends and play a turn-based virtual tabletop RPG. Although the graphics are stylized, they match the atmosphere. Music, sound effects and voiceover create an engaging and fun experience. We laughed at critical moments when a key attack missed, only for the character to spin around and hit an ally. When a perfectly placed spell or lucky bomb took our multiple enemies, we sighed in relief. In the early morning we played just one more round to try to complete the module. Priced at $29.99, this early access game is well worth it, and there’s more content on the way.

Full disclosure: copy provided for review by publisher