Niche Spotlight – Weapon Shop Fantasy: Pixelated Blacksmith Phantasmagoria

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Indie Chinese developer Digdog Studio released a cute throwback game earlier this year – Weapon Shop Fantasy.

The game has you hiring and training a staff within your smithy, while also enabling players to improve their abilities and even develop new skills. As you craft new gear and invest in your staff, you can venture out into the world and even explore dungeons.

Featured above, you can view a trailer for the game to give you a quick idea of how it looks and plays. There’s a wide range of 200 pieces of gear, over 100 missions, and over 200 skills – as well as 70 plus monsters for you to run into and defeat. You can even lure boss monsters out with food to get an advantage with the inevitable battle.

Here are the game’s key features:

  • Defeat mighty (pixelated) enemies
  • Collect rare materials
  • Learn awesome and useful skills
  • Make your own skill combinations
  • Defeat monsters for new materials… or just steal them and run away
  • Bring on new staff, send them on adventures, keep all of the materials they gain
  • Read some hilarious (and sometimes cheesy) dialogue between some pretty silly characters

Weapon Shop Fantasy is currently available for PC, Mac, and Linux. There’s a lot more to the game beneath its retro look and feel – check out more over on its Steam page.


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  • alterku

    The idea of these types of games gets me interested, but I haven’t found one outside of Recettear that I didn’t find too tedious to enjoy past a few-hour mark. The limited graphics don’t help here either, but always willing to be pleasantly surprised.

  • Jofe

    Looks nice, but I think they need someone to check the dialogue and correct a lot of errors.

  • InfectedAI

    Ever check out Weapon Shop de Omasse?

  • Envy Noson

    Cookie Clicker is that you?

  • alterku

    No, had the same feeling then as I do about this. Wasn’t that one more of a comedy/story game than an RPG about running a store? I wouldn’t mind some impressions from cool dudes like yourself.

  • InfectedAI

    Yeah it’s written by a Japanese comedian. So there’s definitely a focus on story. However there’s actual gameplay and actually having to forge the weapon yourself is fun.