Trove First Impressions: Part II

Blaugust Day 6

Trove First Impressions: Part I
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One of the first things I came upon after I started exploring was a small dungeon where a Golden Scarab resided. As you approach one of these small dungeons an objective will pop up in the right hand corner of your screen telling you to slay whatever is contained in that dungeon. During my time exploring I ran into the Golden Scarab, a Fungal King, and a Dire Wasp. The Dire Wasp was actually in a more open area below some structures resembling honeycombs compared to the Golden Scarab and Fungal King which were in slightly more cramped spaces. From each, I received a weapon and a hat or mask. One of the hats I received was known as a “Ripening Compost Cap”. The description for the hat included the designer of the hat, and I assume this was a player. I had completely forgotten that Trove allowed player creations like this, and I particularly like that they can be distributed to other players via drops.

Birdo Trove First Impressions

When I was fighting I had a bad habit of hitting Q. I was trying to strafe (I blame Guild Wars 2), but instead consumed multiple Elysian Flasks which are used to restore 40% of health on use.

Combat for the Candy Barbarian felt a bit sluggish when only performing the basic attack, but occasionally when attacked the Candy Barbarian will drop rage-inducing Gum Drops which increase attack and movement speed. During those moments combat felt pretty good. I could also tolerate the sluggish basic attack because the accompanying sound effect reminded me of a Birdo when it launches an egg.

If I had to be nitpicky about anything during my short time playing Trove it would have to be the UI. The UI doesn’t quite match the feeling I get from the world of Trove. It’s a little bland and I guess just not as fun as the world it’s pasted on top of.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in Trove and plan to return in the future.

My play session ended with me happening upon a cornerstone, where I decided to take a rest among the dancing fireflies and watch as the colors of the sky changed.

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Trove First Impressions: Part I

Blaugust Day 5

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This summer has been interesting in that I have been doing very little gaming. I keep telling myself I don’t have any time to get in a good play session, so instead I jump into a couple games for daily login rewards jump out and call it a day. I tell myself I don’t have time for this or that, when most of the time, I’m just not making the time.

So, on Monday before I dove into my feedly to catch-up with Blaugust I forced myself to take 20-30 minutes and actually play a game. Trove, like Star Wars: The Old Republic, is something I have been meaning to play. I’ve kept it updated for awhile but just haven’t taken the time to give it a try.

After being welcomed by some charming music as I waited for the game to load I was presented with a choice between 9 different classes with names like Pirate Captain, Neon Ninja, and Candy Barbarian to name a few. Having done no previous research I elected for the Candy Barbarian and was dropped into the game.

First thing I did was open up the control settings to find out how to turn on and off the UI, because screenshots. Once that very important step was taken care of I paused to take in the colorful world of Trove. The clouds immediately caught my eye. I have’t pinpointed exactly why yet, but I love the clouds in Trove.

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The next thing I noticed was a small cube with a mustache. Turns out the cube’s name is Qubesly, and he is your cubic butler. His purpose is still a mystery to me besides featuring in a tip screen, which I just noticed as I write this post. Although it was nice to have a little companion with me as I traveled.

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After defeating the tutorial boss I was sent to the Hub world and was immediately directed toward the Novice world. The Novice world was where I spent most of my play time. When I got to the Novice world my objective was to claim a cornerstone which would act as a persistent home that would travel with me between worlds. Since I knew I only wanted to play for a short time that day I decided I didn’t want to commit to anything and chose to go off and explore.

To be continued…

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