Cardinal Quest 2 is a roguelike RPG that looks and plays like a retro game with a strategic twist – the enemies only move when you do.
The game has randomly generated levels filled with different kinds of threats and loot to find, which gives it a lot of replayability and makes every playthrough feel unique. And for a roguelike RPG, that’s very appealing.
With multiple classes, worlds, enemies, and items – the game has a lot to offer.
However, the developers have not updated the game in half a decade and many other similar mobile games have been released since then.
So, is Cardinal Quest 2 worth your time in 2021? Let’s take a look and find out.
Cardinal Quest 2 has very straightforward gameplay – and that’s a good thing for this type of genre.
You can choose from 7 unique classes that have a fair amount of difference in terms of how you play them. You can only play as one class in the beginning, but you unlock all eventually by playing more of the game.
The world is split into four acts, which essentially act like different zones as the aesthetics and enemies are different within them.
There are three different difficulties to choose from, although I wouldn’t recommend anything past ‘Normal’ for most people because even that difficulty is challenging enough.
Once you’ve selected your class + difficulty and jump into the game, you’re greeted with action immediately. There’s never a dull moment and you never know what kind of enemy you’ll run into since the levels are randomly generated.
Since Cardinal Quest 2 is a full-fledged RPG, there are many different aspects of your character that you can upgrade as you progress.
There are also various types of items that you can find and equip, as well as merchants that sell a few items that you can purchase with the gold collected throughout your runs.
In every area that you enter, you can either eliminate all enemies before moving on to the next one or simply find the exit and move on. There is no penalty for leaving enemies behind, but you do miss out on leveling up and finding loot.
Once in a while, you’ll also run into boss fights which are very difficult but fun – so make sure you’re always a little prepared and run away when you know it’s necessary.
The controls are very simple, as you just have to press or hold towards a direction to move and attack. The enemies only move when you do, so you can also tap on your character to make them move without moving in any direction yourself, which causes ‘Wait’ to be written on top of your character’s head.
Cardinal Quest 2 may sound simple, but it’s a very entertaining game to play for casual players and long-time fans of the genre alike.
The casual players will find the game easy to play due to its controls and kill some time, while fans of roguelike RPGs can indulge in the deeper mechanics of the game and customize their experience in any way that they like.
Although the game hasn’t been updated in many years, it still has a lot to offer as other similar games have not exactly surpassed it.
It has no ads or any pay-to-win aspects, you can purchase some overpowered items if you find the game too difficult or just want to donate to the developers – but there’s no need to do any of that if you don’t want to.
Cardinal Quest 2 has retro 2D graphics, so it’s a bit of a ‘what you see is what you get’ situation.
Everything is blocky, but it’s not ugly and there’s just enough detail where it matters.
Fortunately, the game avoids aesthetic repetition as the acts look different from each other and there is a lot of variety in player models and the enemies that you encounter.
The UI of the game is very basic and reminiscent of old Flash games that we played on web browsers. However, it’s not confusing and everything is exactly where it should be, so it’s not bad in any way. If anything is confusing to you, the game offers enough guidance so that’s a great way to allow new players to enjoy the genre.
The polish is excellent, and despite how old Cardinal Quest 2 is, it runs perfectly on modern smartphones too – which is remarkable.
The sound design is very basic, but it does the job. It does not feel repetitive at any point and the sound effects for your actions are adequate in general. The music in the menus is a bit too loud.
Cardinal Quest 2 is a very enjoyable roguelike RPG that will keep you busy for many hours and still manage to remain fun.
It can use a few quality-of-life changes in 2021, but a sequel might be the better choice altogether since this mobile game is still a solid experience.