Decay of Logos is a third person action/adventure RPG with emphasis on tactical combat, exploration, and inventory management. At the core of its gameplay mechanics is the companion system, as the mystical Elk will be crucial to progression. More than a mount, the companion is a key component to puzzle interaction, exploration, and will even help in some combat situations.
Ada, the player controlled character, is an enigmatic young and silent character but, despite her age, she’s an athletic person with some advanced combat skills.
The Elk is at the core of the game when it comes to interaction and gameplay specific puzzles. In a way, the Elk will also be used to convey emotions to the player like fear, excitement or curiosity.
Friendly NPC’s are a valuable source of lore, gameplay tips, and items.
The combat is challenging, but very rewarding. It requires a tactical approach that varies depending on enemy type and location. Players will have at their disposal various short and long range weapons, along with elemental effects, and defense equipment. Actions require Stamina, it’s important to keep it in check while evading and counter-attacking.
Ada is quite agile; she can sprint, slide, roll, jump, backstep, parry, and even execute powerful combos. Magic based attacks will also be made available as the player progresses.
Death is not the end, when defeated, she will awaken from a nightmare at the last camp or shrine used. As a result, some enemies will respawn and her stats will be temporarily reduced.
The level up system in Decay of Logos is automatic, heavily based on individual play styles. Stats increase when players kill an enemy, activate a mechanism or even when finding a secret chest. Stats decrease when hit, Ada will be weaker until players come upon a camp and choose to rest.
Camps serve as a save and recovery checkpoint. Players should be aware that lowering their guard in these dangerous lands is always a risk, since they can be ambushed during their sleep.
Shrines serve as a save checkpoint, they do not restore the player’s health or stats.
The expansive world of Decay of Logos can be explored on foot but it’s much faster to traverse it with the Elk’s help. Before being able to ride it, players must gain its trust by providing food and protection.
After exiting the first area the player gains access to the most important location of the game, the Branching Village. It’s meant to function as a “hub” that connects all the remaining territories. From here on, the player can explore the semi-open game world freely. There are a few secrets hidden throughout the land, such as special items or even mysterious NPC’s. Remember to choose wisely how you handle NPC interactions, as they might affect your game at a later stage.
Players will encounter a variety of puzzles during their journey; some can be solved individually, others will have them collaborating with their companion.