Hmm, I do like it alright but I'm a big beat-em-up fan. There are some obvious problems like how ranged characters are bound to pick up less gold. Plus the garish colors... Still, I think in co-op it's a lot better.
How'd you come by it early if I may ask?
Lionhead gave away some codes.
There are lots of odd design choices like the ranged characters and gold. The upgrade system becomes really annoying the farther you get in it because of the randomness. You have to remember which upgrade tiles you've maxed out for those times you can choose one. I wish there was an indication of which level paths you haven't taken. The right one usually leads to the bottom section of the game board, but no always.
It is more enjoyable in co-op. I haven't gotten a four person game going yet, but even just one other person playing does make it more fun. The gameplay still became dull pretty quickly though, so I'd rather replay a brawler that I like better.
I really wish the Fable connection was used better. It's completely superficial. Those are the characters, levels, and enemies from Fable 3, but that's it. There's no questing or story or humor that I associate with the franchise. It's sort of like those Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer movies like Epic Movie. Instead of writing parody about pop culture icons they dress up a former Mad TV cast member as one and hit them with a car. The credits were implemented well and that helped make up for some of that.