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Video GameLoop Hero Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Loop Hero is a dungeon exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you take the role of designer (or Dungeon Master) who use cards to create a world that is hard enough to be rewarding without killing your hero character. This combination of card game, dungeon exploration and repeating adventure makes it unique and intriguing to play. Carcassonne meets Skyrim with pixilated Commodore 64 visuals.

It's set after the world has ended. You wake in a small camp and set out to rebuild things on a series of expeditions. Each expedition starts on a looped path in an empty landscape. Your character automatically moves around the loop, fighting enemies he encounters. You take damage from these encounters but regain health each day and each time you complete a loop.

At any point you can switch to planning mode to equip armour and place cards that you earn by killing enemies. This is the main way you affect the success or failure of each run. By playing mountain, meadow, forest and building cards you offer your hero different benefits. But you also need to be careful as these biomes can also spawn new enemies.

Careful placing of terrain features next to each other modifies their effect. For example, placing lots of mountains together provides additional health but also spawns new enemies. You also gain equipment from slain enemies that increase your attack, defence, health regeneration, and other attributes.

What starts as a super simple dungeon exploration soon evolves into a complex combination of selecting the right cards for your next run, then placing the correct combination of cards next to each other to maximise their benefits.

You make your way around the path until you reach the end of the loop. Here you have the option to retreat back to your base with all your loot, or carry on and risk losing much of it if you die. Either way you soon end up back at base you can use collected resources to build new structures offering better food and weapons.

Out on PC, coming to Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: F Qteam (@_FQteam)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Each expedition varies in length depending on how well you do.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language and scenes of a sexual nature. This game includes use of bad language, including '*!@?*'. There is also some comic sexual innuendo, including a line of dialogue about a man having to say goodbye to his tomatoes if he sticks a carrot in another woman. Human and fantasy characters take it in turns to hit each other using swords and medieval weapons. When characters are defeated, they simply fall to the ground and there is no blood or gore. The visuals are highly stylised.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
Not yet rated. Likely to be PEGI 7 and ESRB EVERYONE 10+. Although there is violence and characters react to getting hit, the pixilated graphics do not have blood. Bodies do fall to the floor when killed and remain there until the end of the battle.

You can create areas on the map called Blood Grove, spawn Vampires, Fields of Blades and Skeletons.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although the 8-bit graphics may put off some children, the core looping mechanic is simple enough for youngsters to enjoy. They often warm to the power they have to make the hero's life easier or harder. Older player enjoy perfecting each run and researching the varied combinations of each card.

CostsCosts

Loop Hero usually costs £12.49 to £13.49.
 

Loop Hero

Steam Store PC £12.49
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Loop Hero Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
You can select pixel fonts, high resolution fonts and dyslexia-friendly fonts. When you hover over an enemy or item you get advice and information on what they are and their stats.

You can select to automatically pauses if you are selecting armour or placing cards. You can also select to automatically pause after each loop. This lets you play the game without a time pressure.

You do need to click and hold the mouse button to place cards on the map.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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