Velvet Sundown is a social online game developed and published by Finnish game company Tribe Studio. The entire game takes place somewhere in the Caribbean islands on a yacht called Velvet Sundown. Players are passengers on this luxury boat. Gameplay is unique, original and it’s nothing like traditional RPG games online where players are the heroes that have to save the day by killing zombies and fantasy creatures. Player interaction is the key element as Velvet Sundown doesn’t have a single player mode or quests that can be completed alone. Dialogue options and how players choose to interact with each other are primary gameplay features.
Users assume the role of a certain character but there is no character creation when starting the game for the first time. Gameplay is all about scenarios. These scenarios are the rough equivalent of chain quests. There is an introduction that tells the scenario story, there are multiple tasks that need to be completed and the best part is that a scenario can have various endings. Players pick a scenario and wait for at least 3 other human players to join. The game randomly assigns each player with a game avatar. Each character has a background story and personality traits but players are free to create their own play style. One of the most interesting Velvet Sundown features is the way players interact with each other. There are some predefined scenario related dialog options but Dramagame, the game engine, allows voice conversation. Using text to speech technology players make their characters speak custom phrases. Users are allowed to talk about anything they like as long as it’s related to the scenario story. Velvet Sundown is still a RPG even if there are no stats, skills, attributes or gear system. Players can use objects to interact with the environment. Velvet Sundown replayability comes from the fact that there are lots of different ways to play a scenario. It’s all depends on player interaction and choices. There are millions of different available combos.
Velvet Sundown is a game for the mature crowd. In some scenarios players find and use drugs or alcohol and even language that might be considered rude in other MMORPG games. Players should be careful and not cross the line though, everything is ok only as long as everyone is having a good time. Game masters will take action if anyone breaks the rules. Players that are unsure how to start the Velvet Sundown experience should head to the forums, there are plenty of guides and tips for newbies.
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