I recently finished playing through and reviewing every CoG game (although I’m still technically working through CoVampire). I’m excited to take everything I’ve learned about what popular games have in common with each other and what kind of things tend to work well or poorly.
The problem is that some games throw off the calculation, and The Fog Knows Your Name is one of them.
In my research, I’ve found that games where the stats have a lot of difficult checks, are hard to keep track of, overlap a lot, change easily (for opposed stats), and where the game comments on your failure a lot tend to do poorly. Even games that are very well-written or award-winning tend to sell poorly if they have these traits. Most games that are exceptions are ones that let you save each chapter.
The thing is, the stats in The Fog Knows Your Name are pretty difficult, and do some of the things above. A ton of reviews mention that. But those same reviews are usually 5 stars. The Fog Knows Your Name is very popular, very well-rated, and is consistently high on the bestseller list.
So my question for fans of The Fog Knows Your Name is: what do you love most about this game? What sets it apart from other games? How did you feel about the stats and stat checks? Is there anything this game does that you don’t see in many other CoG games?
Whatever this game is doing, it’s doing right, and I’d love to get some more data on it!
My hypothesis (hidden so it doesn't influence your answer unless you want to see it)
My hypothesis is that the ‘real game’ isn’t the main storyline, but your relationship with the different characters, and the stats involving them are clear and easy to understand. Unlike most games, you can’t just please everyone: the characters are vibrant and interesting and all have different opinions, so you have to strategize carefully, and this makes the game fun, even though the other stats are hard to deal with.