Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God review for PS Vita

Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: Aksys Games
Developer: Compile Heart
Medium: Digital/Vita Card
Players: 1
Online: No

At its core, Sorcery Saga is a pretty simple, straightforward game: it's a dungeon-crawler, through and through. A sadistic, throw-your-Vita-against-the-wall-hard dungeon-crawler, to be sure, but a dungeon-crawler nonetheless.

I'm saying that up front because it's an awfully easy thing to overlook once that subtitle — Curse of the Great Curry God — comes into play. See, even if the game itself is easy enough to classify, genre-wise, the story Compile Heart built around the dungeon-crawling is flat out insane. A rough outline of it: you're Pupuru, a plucky young girl out to save her friend's curry restaurant from being muscled out of the market by the opening of a giant curry chain restaurant that's just set up shop in the neighbourhood. To do this, you have to assemble the ingredients for a legendary curry, but you're being thwarted by the owner of the aforementioned curry chain, who overheard your plans and has sent his own team in search of those ingredients.

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Also, you're accompanied in your quest by something that looks kind of like a Pokemon, but that needs to be fed constantly or else it starts crying and attracting the attention of monsters. And you occasionally chat with a disturbingly young-looking girl dressed in, for lack of better description, a boob sticker and a waist bracelet, except her half of the conversation consists almost entirely of her muttering about the titular Curry God, along with a bunch of indifferent asides. And there's a demonic prince who's convinced that Pupuru is his future wife, and whose father is possibly the Pokemon-ish creature.

You know, just your typical plot.

As I said, though, getting too far into the weeds of the Sorcery Saga's story can obscure the fact that this game is, at its core, shockingly simple. I mean, you definitely should allow yourself to get drawn into the story, because it's so utterly bonkers that it's endearing and hilarious, but all the crazy conversations are, ultimately, just passing the time between the game trying to kill you.

Actually, saying the game is "trying" to kill you drastically overstates how effective you'll be in this game. Because, truthfully, you probably don't stand a chance. Sorcery Saga expects you to grind your way through room after room, carefully building up your stats, and then do it all over again in the next dungeon, where they've not-so-helpfully reset your stats back to the first level.

I'll say that again, because it bears repeating: no matter how strong you may grow to be in one dungeon, it doesn't matter for the next one, because you always start back at Level 1.

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On the upside, careful crafting will at least give you a fighting chance, since you're allowed to carry stronger weapons into each new dungeon. Of course, if you die (which you most certainly will) then you lose those weapons, and everything gets pushed back to zero. So it's almost like you're grinding through level after level for no reason at all. Fun!

Of course, that's where having such a memorable story comes in handy. After all, just a few weeks ago, I was complaining about Rainbow Moon's endless grinding, and yet here I am with Sorcery Saga, loving every minute of it even though the grinding is, in some ways, even more pronounced (and arguably way more useless). Why am I so much more tolerant in this case? Simple: because Sorcery Saga knows how to draw you in and keep you interested. It may be trying to crush my spirit, but when it's doing so with a smile on its face — a mildly terrifying, insane smile, of course, but a smile nonetheless — it's a much easier thing to accept.

Grade: B+

Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God - PlayStation Vita (Video Game)

Manufacturer: Aksys
ESRB Rating: Teen
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Genre: role-playing-game-genre

Sorcery Saga features kitchenware inspired by the game!
Sorcery Saga: The Curse of the Great Curry God - A Yummy RPG

Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God tells the tale of a young aspiring sorceress named Pupuru, who is on a quest to save her friend’s curry restaurant from the big bad curry chain that has moved in. With the help (or not so much help) of a cast of wacky and strange characters including the grumpy, but lovable creature, Kuu, Pupuru’s quest to find ingredients to make the legendary curry becomes a delectable adventure fun for just about anyone!

A “Spicy” Limited Edition
  • The “Hot and Spicy, Everything Nicey Limited Edition” set includes a fully useable plate, spoon, and bib featuring the huggable characters from the series.
  • Whether Kuu is grumpy because he’s hungry or for no reason at all, he’s still awesomely adorable. So why not make him into a plate and spoon? Whether you want to display it to your friends or use it to serve hot, gooey curry, this set is a must have for anyone who loves cute.
  • Curry is a messy, stain-filled fare - so why not include a bib? Not just any bib, but one that includes some of the quirky creatures from Sorcery Saga. Who doesn’t want to wear an angry tofu man with a major flat top for a 'do on their chest? Exactly.
Pupuru battles wacky monsters with the help of Kuu
A Rogue-Like Roux-galicious Good Time

Despite its seemingly innocent storyline, what makes Sorcery Saga special is that it's a “rogue-like” dungeon crawler. By definition, rogue-like gameplay give players permanent consequences for failing or dying. In Sorcery Saga, this means that once a player falls in a dungeon, the items they possess and the levels they have accrued through the game are all gone.

Players will be able to continue with the storyline, but will need to re-acquire lost items and levels. Players will need to determine their strategy before they enter a dungeon because even saving won’t help them. Luckily, Sorcery Saga offers a couple of ways to mitigate this such as whipping up some delicious curry to obtain a power boost or having Kuu get the player out of a sticky situation.

Bring On the Curry-ragous Characters

Sorcery Saga is filled with a host of wacky and lovable characters. Kuu, Pupuru’s brave but grumpy companion, journeys with the player into dungeons where he can assist in times of need. He not only helps battle the strange, sometimes appetizing critters that come out of the woodwork, but if the player falls in a dungeon and Kuu is still alive, it will allow them to keep their equipped items.

Along with Kuu, Pupuru is joined by Puni, a servant of the curry god and all around non-committal type. Puni tags along with Pupuru and Kuu on their quest, in hopes of finding the curry god himself.

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