If you want to explore terrains of all types, collect precious gold, and defeat the most dreadful monsters, you’re in luck! You can take them with you wherever you go with Pocket Book Adventures. Now, your next adventure is just a pencil line away. Let’s take a closer look together.
What Is It?
A minimalist dungeon crawler that fits in your pocket! The player will work through various areas, collecting gold and items, exploring, and taking down monsters! The player will navigate the maps and track all of their stats from the notebook, so they are always ready to play no matter where they go.
Who Is It For?
- 1 Player – Solo-only game
- Ages 13+ – There are a fair amount of rules, but the game is pretty light, so teens and older should have a good time
- Players who like dungeon crawler/adventure type games
- Players who like to game on the go, perhaps who travel a lot, or are limited on space
- Small / Portable
- Utilizes the small space without sacrificing usability – everything is easily readable and clear
- Accessible – Only a pencil is needed beyond the book itself
- Saving – Easy to save your game state and return later
- Variety – There’s a bunch of different monsters, items, movement rules, and more to keep things fresh with every page turn
- Rules – Well-written, easy to learn from, and all included in the game book
- The ‘point-and-write’ combat system works well and adds a touch of dexterity to the game, which is neat
- Each map plays in only a few minutes
- Rules – While it’s great that the rules are right in the game book, it can also be inconvenient at times, particularly early on when you’re still learning, because you have to flip back and forth, rather than having the rules accessible alongside the game “board”
- Upkeep – I know some players don’t enjoy keeping up with health, gold count, and so on, so if you aren’t a fan, you probably won’t like this.
This game is definitely designed for players who like that rogue-like, adventuring type of game, and are looking for something that is easy to bring and play absolutely anywhere. I can’t help but appreciate just how well it works in that regard.
What I learned in my plays is that it isn’t the type of solo game I prefer, as I gravitate toward one-off, win or lose games, but I think that solo gamers who are looking for something like this are really going to enjoy it. It does exactly what it sets out to do, and it does it well. If you like exploring, want a unique combat style, and need a travel-friendly game, check this one out!
*Please Note: I was provided a prototype copy of this game to do this preview*