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Rating Orb yancho1
on 03/07/11
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Santhworld: Text-based RPG at its best.

Game: Santhword - The Interactive Experience
Developer: The Santhworld Team
Genre: Text-Based RPG
Play Time: 20 min(Trivia)-70 h
Link: on

The new and improved start screen, allowing saving and loading.


At first glance, the Santhworld RPG doesn't look like much. It isn't a grand scale game like MARDEK, or a philosophical interpretation of life. Instead, what makes Santhworld unique is that it has different "modules", which are developed by the community. This allows for a wide variety of different games. To date, there are only five modules, but, if people develop it further, there can be many more.

A module, with minimap, toolbar, and image.

What's With These Modules?

The Modules are different games within themselves, each with different play times. To date, there are five different modules to choose from. I shall describe each of them in brief here.

This module is not really an rpg. Instead, it is a quiz on different things from Santharian Lore. You can quiz yourself on flora and fauna, tribes, geography, or even the website itself! It's a great way to get to know the site, with several quizzes in different categories.


The oldest, and probably the longest module to date is the Lorehold Module. It features you as a travelling seeker of knowledge, who walks into a library during a storm. You can wander around and meet various people from around the site, especially contributors to the Compendium. There are tasks to do, and points to earn. There is a maximum amount of 445 points, and different amounts give you different titles. However, the main purpose is to get to know the lore in a fun and easy way. It even includes a short description of how a part of the magic system works.


This is a short murder mystery module. It has moments of suspense, and ultimately you find out what's happening in your home. It's a nice little shock for those who like the macabre, but it's not really long, and it's not exactly hard to finish.


This is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. It's a bit short, but nevertheless there are many ways to die. It follows the Remusian warrior Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin returning north with an ancient artifact. Despite being short, it introduces the political situation in the Northlands a bit. I recommend this to people who like traditional rpgs more.


Note: The Mysteries of Nepris is now complete, but I haven't plated through it.


Being a text-based rpg, Santhworld is not expected to have graphics. However, this is not the case! Beautiful artwork by Santharian artists, with some minor animation, is shown to the right of the text window. There, you can see a topical and detailed picture of what is being described in text. It's a nifty feature not often found with text-based games. This art is graciously made by the artists at Santharia, and is used in Santhworld with their permission. Even though the art's a bit small, it serves its purpose well. I often stop at a screen just to look at the art and imagine the room. It contains a closeup picture of each character, and lets you picture the person you're talking to.


Santhworld includes several pieces and sound effects which, together with the artwork, contribute to make the experience more enjoyable. Some of the music is professional quality, which is quite surprising for an online community. The music was all composed by the artists there in the community, and is well written and deep. There aren't that many sound effects, but, where there are, they are usually accompanied by an animation on the art. Together with music that fits the theme of the place you're in, it's quite immersive, despite the text interface. I love how the music changes from scene to scene to fit the mood. It really helps me think about what's happening there. The music in "Uninvited" is very creepy, and it really boosts the sense of you being in a dark house at night, all alone.

CONTROLS (Text Parser):

The control scheme is, of course, a text window. It recognizes many variations of different commands, and includes a whole help section if one types in "HELP". Overall, the parser is quite forgiving, however, beware of misspelled words. It will not suggest different words, and I don't believe that there is a hint section if you're stuck. It includes an automap, some buttons, a save/load feature, choices on the left, and finally list-based selection. For such a simple project, this is a great control scheme.

The trivia module, with a long list of subjects.

Final Words

Santhworld has many different modules to choose from and a nice interface. It also incorporates music and art into its interactive experience. Despite its shortcomings, Santhworld is worth your time. It allows for so much, and also has much already made. If you enjoyed this review and the game itself, consider registering on the Santharia Roleplay forums or Developer Forums. There, you can help develop the world of Caelereth, improve the Santhworld game, contribute art and music, or simply roleplay in this unique world created for the community, by the community.

WARNING: This review may be outdated, as Santhworld is in active development. However, the quality of the game will not decrease from what is stated here.

Visuals: Great
Sound: Great
Gameplay: Good
Length: Good
Originality: Exceptional
Replayability: Great
Fun Factor: Good

Overall Score: Great

9 Commentson 8 roots

yancho1`s Avatar
Rating Orb yancho1 15 United States 14C 10F
6 years ago | (0)
There's some sort of problem with uploading the start screen image. I'll try to re-size it and attempt to upload the image again.
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Rating Orb yancho1 15 United States 14C 10F
6 years ago | (0)
It worked! The image was uploaded after I reduced the size. It seems that the full-sized image for that screen somehow contained more data than the other full images I uploaded.
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Rating Orb artrost 24 Canada 5C 0F
7 years ago | (2)
If you like reading books, you'll like text-based games. They require the same two traits: imagination and patience. Santhworld seems to have some of the best text-based RPGs out there. Thanks for the review!
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Rating Orb Insanity Lives 15 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 1C 0F
7 years ago | (0)
I just can't get into text-based RPGs because they're just not as active as normal get-into-it type RPGs with avatars and customization and such.
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Rating Orb Artimidor 38 Austria 2C 0F
7 years ago | (1)
No problem - just wanted to make sure that people don't miss essential instructions ;) Hope you have fun with Nepris Part II, yancho1, and manage to beat all its challenges.

P.S. While you're at it: Somehow the first picture of the review with the description "The new and improved start screen" isn't overly representative as of yet methinks ;)
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Rating Orb yancho1 15 United States 14C 10F
7 years ago | (1)
Sorry about that link, Artimidor. I wrote this review before there was a link on the main page. The link is now fixed!
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Rating Orb Raligon 18 United States Phlegmatic 70C 2F
7 years ago | (1)
This is an amazing game... Yancho1, Thank you for reviewing it. And, Artimidor, thank you for developing it. I'm currently battling the Fire Elemental in Fizzlefist's lab. He's quite mean...
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Rating Orb BBoyBoboy 14 Philippines MelancholicPhlegmatic 14C 2F
7 years ago | (4)
Personally, I don't like text-based RPGs, they're either a little too bland, or just unappealing altogether.
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Rating Orb Artimidor 38 Austria 2C 0F
7 years ago | (10)
Hey folks!

Just discovered accidentally that you've made a review of Santhworld, which is the game I've actually developed - so that's nice to see, especially as you seem to like it :) If you're looking for a challenge make sure to play the dramatically expanded Mysteries of Nepris module, it's pretty huge and offers a lot for RPG and adventure fans. If you get through, let me know what you think - if you're stuck, you can post at the Santharian Forum.

One little suggestion: Your link "" actually doesn't link to that URL, but to the Santhworld game directly. You might consider to change that a bit to something like: Enter through and then click on the Santhworld book on the top right of the main page. Because there are links to detailed instructions (which you should read if you set out on a huge RPG like Nepris), a teaser movie, plus you learn where to post questions and suggestions etc. Otherwise you'd miss all that, and I think these things are quite essential!

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