Brave dangerous dungeons, menacing monsters and terrifying tropes in this comedic homage to tabletop RPGs!
Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Free Edition is a riotous romp through classic roleplaying fare. Your journey truly begins with a duo of fresh adventurers, though the intro features a wonderfully humorous encounter between a legendary beast and an overpowered hero. This opening scene is a perfect example of the comedy you can expect throughout the rest of the game.
KoPP2 also takes a much lighter approach on the mathematical side of the game, with less statistics to juggle than the content it is satirizing. Characters have just three main attributes (Body, Senses and Mind) and about seven more derived stats, making the system much easier to understand than traditional RPGs.
That said, there's still room in KoPP2 for options and customization. In addition to character skills and equipment, the entire game room can be outfitted with a variety of furniture and goodies to provide further buffs to your adventuring party.
As combat is quite basic, I have little to say other than it gets the job done. Since the game is purposely mimicking a certain style, it wouldn't make a lot of sense to deviate from the source anyway. In terms of what to expect, KoPP2 combat is turn based, with participants acting in initiative order. Monsters in the back ranks are often unreachable with melee weapons until the ranks ahead of them are defeated, but area of effect (AoE) abilities are fairly common to help make up for it.
Outside of combat, you'll be taking up quests and exploring locations of interest. Traveling costs gold, which feels like an attempt to pad the game by forcing you to grind very early on. You'll soon discover that grinding becomes an increasingly common activity, whether to obtain gold for a purchase or to level characters so you can defeat the next challenge.
It needs to be noted that Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Free Edition is a free-to-play alternative to purchasing the game outright. As such, it is offset by reduced rewards and experience with premium currency options to lessen the grind, as is common with mobile games. Generally speaking, people play mobile games during downtime, whereas PC gaming is seen as a leisure activity with higher expectations of progress for time spent.
While I greatly enjoy KoPP2's humor and poking fun at the fantasy RPG genre, I can only recommend the Free Edition for mobile play (unless you have a high tolerance for grinding). As a PC game, you're much better off avoiding the hassles by going with the premium edition.