Do you remember that time I reviewed LEAP Game Studios’ “Squares” and said it was the perfect arcade experience for a dedicated portable gaming device?
Well, having played “Heroes of Loot”, I can tell you that I think Peru’s top dev team has found its match: frantic action, lighthearted jokes about gaming and the RPG genre, excellent, simple gameplay and short dungeons make this game a fantastic contender for one of the best portable-oriented games I’ve played in a long, long time.
And that’s the thing: when it comes to portable games, you have to understand your medium. That’s something Nintendo does really, really well, but it’s something that Playstation sometimes struggles with. A portable device means gaming on the go, and that in turn means short bursts of gaming. Grand experiences and sweeping vistas are all well and good, but if you can’t learn the “Flappy Bird” lesson and apply it to your portable project in some way, then you’re not seeing the big picture.
While a lot of people turn their noses up at what we, older
farts gamers, would call “arcade-type games”, I for one welcome their get-in-get-out nature.
“Heroes of Loot” is a no-frills, stripped-down dungeon crawling RPG-lite with rogue-like elements. If you are not well versed in gamespeak (I see you rejoice, Orwellians), what this basically means is: choose a class, enter a dungeon, collect loot and try not to die.
You have one button to attack (any button), and move with the left analog stick. You have one “main” attack, and one “special” attack, which uses Mana points. Regular RPG fair. But it’s all automatic: you gain special powers with runes, they activate on the spot, and disappear once your Mana is depleted.
The level design is clever, too. Dungeons never overstay their welcome, and new monsters are constantly showing up. In later stages, you’ll need to think fast and use strategy to find cover from the baddies. That’s no mean feat, however, as the further you progress, the more hectic the action gets.
Graphics are your standard 8-bit retro inspired fair, nothing too fancy. But I do love that the game doesn’t seem to want to run out of new types of enemies. The music goes well with the fast-paced action, too.
“Heroes of Loot” is all about having a no-frills portable dungeon crawler, and it excels at it. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s frantic, and surprisingly, it’s quite cheap: a launch price of $3 makes this one hell of a bargain.
And just because the good news gotta keep on coming: It’s PSTV compatible.
Did I mentioned I liked the game? Because I did. And I’m sure that, leaving prejudice aside, so would you.
Don’t want to spend $3? Stay tuned for our “Heroes of Loot” giveaway! 2 US codes and 2 EU codes, coming your way soon.
- Title: Heroes of Loot
- Publisher: Abstraction Games
- Developer: Orange Pixel
- System: PS Vita
- Format: Digital Download
- Cross Buy: No
- Cross Play: No
- PSTV Compatible: Yes
- Memory Card Space Needed: 41Mb