Seal Online: Blades of Destiny, or just Seal Online, is a 3D anime-inspired fantasy MMORPG with point-and-click gameplay. It features PvP, raids, pets, and a soulmate system.
|Publisher: Playwith Interactive
Release Date: Nov 19, 2007 (NA/EU)
PvP: Duels / Guild Wars / Open PKing / Arena
Pros: +8 playable classes with job advancements. +Good pet system. +Varied PvP options.
Cons: -Dated visuals. -Pay-to-win elements. -Repetitive grindy gameplay.
Seal Online Overview
Seal Online is a 3D anime-themed fantasy MMORPG from YNK Games that's set in the world of Shiltz. The game world is upbeat and bright. Seal Online originally launched in South Korea back in 2003, making it one of the longest running MMORPGs. The game features 8 playable classes, ranging from traditional roles like the Knight to unique ones like the Jester. Each class has two job advancements. Other features include a pet system, a soulmate system, and varied PvP options.
Seal Online Key Features
- Variety of Classes – choose from 8 playable classes, each with 2 job advancements available at Level 150.
- Color Graphics – bright, anime inspired graphics add to the fantastical atmosphere.
- In-Depth Pet System – pets have 5 stages of evolution, and also provide their masters with bonus stats.
- Varied PvP Options – with open-world PKing, Arenas, Duels, and Guild Wars, players will find themselves busy.
- High Level Cap – with a level cap over 250, players will have much to keep them occupied in Seal Online.
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Seal Online Classes
Beginner – the beginner class is for players who want to get a feel for the game before picking their actual class at Level 10. However, players brave enough can continue playing this class past Level 10, and they will receive rewards for doing so. Players don't have to start off as a beginner and may choose to pick a class right away.
Players can advance to a specialized subclass upon reaching Level 150.
- Warrior – the Warrior specializes in wielding two handed swords, using combos and fast attacks.
- Subclasses: Berserker/Swordmaster
- Knight – Knights are the tanks of Seal Online, using one handed swords as their main weapon.
- Subclasses: Renegade/Defender
- Mage – Mages wield staves and the power of fire and ice to deal tremendous damage. However, this comes at the cost of defense and vitality.
- Subclasses: Ice Wizard/Fire Wizard
- Priest – Priests specialize in buffing and supporting their team. However, further down the line, they can take a more aggressive role.
- Subclasses: Templar/Apostle
- Jester – the Jester is a master of deception and fighting at a distance. They can use daggers for when it’s time to get up close and personal, but they prefer to rely on spells, darts, and throwing cards to deal with their enemies.
- Subclasses: Assassin/Gambler
- Craftsman - Craftsmen, as their name suggests, are known for their crafting skills. They are a little less known for their combat skills though, which is why they need the help of a priest to level up comfortably.
- Subclasses: Demolitionist/Artisan
- Hunter – Hunters use a slingshot as their weapon, specializing in ranged combat.
- Subclasses: Archer/Gunner
Seal Online Review
By Toan Layne
Seal Online is a 3D anime-themed fantasy MMORPG that was originally developed by Grigon Entertainment. The game was released on July 16, 2003 in South Korea. In February 2007, YNK acquired the rights for Seal Online and published the game on November 19, 2007 in North America. In January 2009, YNK’s internal development studio, YNK Games, took on developmental responsibilities. As of February 7, 2008, Seal Online is available in South Korea, United States, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand. On June 18, 2013, an expansion pack called Seal Online: Blades of Destiny became available, adding new raids, a battle pet system, and various fixes. YNK also publishes Rohan Online in the U.S. Visually speaking, Seal Online looks a lot like NosTale, Fly For Fun, and other anime-inspired titles.
Seal Online has an interesting storyline, bordering on mythology. It starts with the abyss that was before creation, and it goes on to tell tales of gods, prophets, chosen ones, huge battles, and treachery. This story is the backdrop of a game that has cute anime-style graphics, with chibi characters and bright colors.
There is not a lot of character customization in the game. Players get too choose their characters’ genre and hairstyle. However, there is a decent selection of classes, with eight classes in total, one of which is the Beginner class. The other classes are: Warrior, Knight, Mage, Priest, Jester, Craftsman, and Hunter. The Beginner class is for anyone who wants to go through the tutorial before deciding on their final class at Level 10. There is a class advancement system, where players can choose between two specialized sub-classes at Level 150. The level cap in Seal Online is above 250 as well, so there's a lot of questing and grinding to do!
The game features point-and-click gameplay. You use the mouse to move, look around, and interact with the environment. There is also a combo system using the A, S, and D keys. I personally found the game’s interface and general presentation very confusing. Talking to NPCs felt clunky, the quests were poorly tracked, and progression was non-intuitive. However, this is understandable when you take the game’s advanced age into consideration. Still, Anarchy Online has been around for a while as well, and it feels and plays better.
Leveling and Combat
Players have a strange start in Seal Online, with the first 10 levels being designed to introduce players to basic skills such as sitting, sleeping, fishing, etc. Players will also learn about teleporters, warp portals, reward chests, and quest hubs. The game’s world is divided into 30 zones, which are fairly large. Unfortunately, some of them are filled with large empty spaces. If you add the large number of similar monsters, you have a recipe for a grindy mess. The teleporters do come in handy though, since they help players get to important quest areas fast.
When it comes to questing, players will find most quests to be fairly basic fetch/kill quests. However, there is a fame system which can spice things up. Fame gives players unique titles, and determines what type of equipment and pets they can use. Skills are learned from NPC trainers in town, and once learned, they can be leveled freely throughout the world.
Combat is fairly standard, but the combo system does add a little flair. Some classes can learn combos as they level up, and they are performed by matching buttons that pop up on the screen as a character fights. Some classes, such as the wizard, have to do without. Consumables are a big part of the grind and they come without a cooldown. They can be spammed in combat, and they’re one of the biggest money sinks in the beginning of the game.
All You Need is Love
Seal Online features a couples system, similar to the one in Asda Story. Using this system, a player can issue an invitation to a character of the opposite gender and become a couple. Once you are in a couple, a heart icon will appear on your screen, which will let you know if your partner is online. Also, by clicking this icon, you can teleport your partner to your location, or send them a message. But there’s more! Players can earn rewards such as roses, fireworks, and cosmetic items by spending “relationship days” together. A relationship day lasts for 24 minutes, time in which both players have to be online for it to count. The players do not have to be near each other, or even active, as the timer runs even when they are AFK. To give things some perspective, the highest reward tier (wedding clothes and 2,400 roses) requires 22,000 relationship days, clocking in at 305 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes in total. Couples also have a couple-seat, which is upgraded the more relationship days the couple acquires. If things turn sour, couples can break up at a cost.
PvP and Other Features
Looks can be deceiving, and this is certainly the case for Seal Online. What I mean is, you wouldn’t expect it to have a strong PvP system. Players have Dueling, Guild Wars, Arena battles, and the good ol' World PvP at their disposal. When it comes to World PvP, there are rules. While players can fight each other almost anywhere (except towns), there is a penalty for Player Killing. PKing accumulates chaos points, which add an experience gain penalty, and can cause players to drop items upon death. This is a system similar to that of Lineage 2 and several other Asian MMORPGs. Once players have accumulated chaos points, they can work them off by grinding mobs.
Other features include raids, pets, and monster survival challenges, all of which add extra depth to the game. Raids are the classic MMORPG scenarios where players group up and fight bosses for great loot. The raids in Seal Online range in level requirement from Level 10 to Level 251, and in group size from 6 to 30 members. The pet system is a way for players to have cute companions that can be evolved using items. However, these pets are not just for show. A pet can give additional stats depending on its type and how it is evolved. Finally, the monster survival challenge is a scenario in which players group up and go toe-to-toe with monster for 20 rounds in exchange for experience and items.Also worth mentioning is that since the game doesn't have a robust auction house, the game uses the player-store model of commerce, meaning players set up their own stalls in busy areas to sell their items/equipment. Some argue that this creates a more "personal" shopping experience, but it's just not intuitive in my opinion.
The Item Mall in Seal Online features 2nd class reset scrolls, skill reset scrolls, crafting reagents, XP gain boosts, pet items, player items, convenience items, potions, pets, and cosmetic items. It is a fairly large cash shop, but it does not feature any in-game content such as dungeons, zones, or classes, making all the actual content in Seal Online available to everyone. The downside is that some of the items featured are endgame gear, making it, unfortunately, P2W.
Final Verdict – Fair
Seal Online is an old game that still has some life in it. It does have its gameplay problems, which some might find a little hard to adjust to, but it has character as well. Unfortunately, it is mired by a P2W cash shop policy and, as many players complained, a ban happy mod community that doesn’t think twice about banning you on hacking suspicions. Still, it is a game that’s been going strong for over a decade with no sign of slowing down.
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Seal Online System Requirements
Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: 600 MHz Intel CPU
Video Card: Any GPU
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB
Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: 1 GHz Intel CPU
Video Card: GeForce FX Series card
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB*
The official system requirements for Seal Online aren't too specific. A 600 MHz CPU is cited as a minimum requirement, but more modern operating systems require more than that just to run. Seal Online was released originally in Korea back in 2003, so any modern PC should be able to run the game without any problems.
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Seal Online Additional Information
Developer: Grigon Entertainment / YNK Games
Designer(s): Kim ByungChul
Release Date for South Korea: July 16, 2003 (Softnyx)
Release Date for North America: November 19, 2007
Seal Online is available in numerous different countries in numerous different languages. Those unsure of which version to play should try the Global version that is self-published by YNK.
Development History / Background:
Seal Online was developed by South Korean game studio Grigon Entertainment and was later acquired by YNK Games. Seal Online was Grigon Entertainment's most successful product and it originally launched way back in July 16, 2003 in South Korea, with the North American release coming much later on November 19, 2007. The original developer shut down and Seal Online was acquired by YNK Korea in February, 2007. The current version of the game is available globally and has been called Seal Online: Blades of Destiny. The Korean version of Seal Online has been in service for over 12 years running.