Alicia Online: New Gameplay Details Translated From A Korean Review (And More New Screenshots!)
After going Open Beta February 10, Alicia Online is getting more and more press and player attention right now. Korean web-portal BetaNews.net has posted a short article about Alicia Online (link is in Korean ;), which i’m posting here for you. It is really short but tells us about some gameplay details that were only hinted by Alicia Online screenshots before, so it’s worth reading. Also, I’m going to post more information like this later. A side note: rather than a direct translation of the said article this post is an exposition of what is said there. My Korean is currently revolving around an ability to decipher hieroglyphs into syllables, so i have to make an extensive use of a translation software – but with my experience of translation between other languages i can at least make out the whole point of the text, if not the exact wording. If anyone more fluent in Korean happens to stumble upon this post, I’d be grateful for any mistakes pointed out.
First of all, Alicia is an online racing game, but rather than simply offering the racing it also offers a solid gameplay, where the race itself is only a part of the bigger image. Besides the racing users are offered to take care of a ranch with horses, to grow and to mate these horses, to decorate their foals and characters, and to make use of a good variety of different skills in the process. If you think conceptually, racing games are using inanimate objects like cars and changing them into a living creature adds an whole new emotional aspect of gameplay appealing to the player.Apart from other games to create the character in Alicia Online you don’t have to download the game and run the client – it can be done through the official website. Select character’s gender, face, body and voice, then add character name and do all that while you’re downloading the client. After you downloaded and started the game you’re off to create your first horse, which has a name too. On the first look player experience in Alicia resembles traditional racing games so much that it will be really easy to learn how to play. Press the “start” button and your character will arrive at its ranch. The ranch is where such options like horse pasture management, item shop and inventory are available. Also, you can check your stats, write a letter to other player or use a messenger to talk, and other random players can visit your ranch through a portal (you’re able to visit other players too).
Alicia Online’s strong sides are easy controls and player engagement. Although it’s a horse riding game it includes the usual stuff seen in traditional racing games, like dash (speed booster) and gliding (drifting in air), which are utilized by filling a special gauge by successfully performing jumps over obstacles and other tricks, which are becoming essential. There are two kinds of possible jumps: first is when you’re just floating in the air with a horse and the second is when you hold the jump button while in the air and your horse suddenly grows white translucent wings that allow you to glide slowly. Due to its distinctive elements and solid gameplay Alicia is going to be an unique attraction.
Races are not only give player a ranking position, but also allows characters and horses to grow and level up together, and taking more races or growing horses on your ranch is to score you more points – and when you get 10 stat points for each horse your rating goes up. A 4 star horse is registered and can breed either with someone else’s horse or with one of your own horses, either way with horse mating you get a colt. It’s born with a potential level and statistics, and horses born at the end of a lineage are comparable to those sold in the item shop.
Being a living creatures, horses need food and body care similar to what a real horse gets – it’s arranged with a menu options allowing you to feed the horse or to wash (or to comb) its body. After a long run horse may turn out injured and you’ll need to use tools to treat it or to play with it so it may heal up. To raise the abilities of a horse and to protect it you may want to use special items. There are items in the store like horse protection, character items, food, medical treatment or horse toys. As your mating horses are becoming more popular and more people come in, you may also want to decorate the appearance of your ranch. After a certain number of races you get experience and in-game money to spent on your ranch, and because it can be visited by your friend and other users, so it won’t be a bad idea to dress up your ranch nicely.
February 10, 2011 is when Alicia Open Beta testing began and using a popular Korean singer as a model for player characters is getting a good response. Currently, overall response to Alicia from many users is “good” and the game servers are flooded with people up to a point when those servers are going down for an emergency maintenance.
Okay, this is where the Korean article ends.
A list of other posts about Alicia Online can be found here:
Alicia Online: Fresh News, Tips and All You Wanted to Know