Riverbond

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Released: June 2019. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Overview

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.

Part of the novelty is how it looks like Minecraft but plays like an arcade fighting game. The action is fast and responsive with different weapons wreaking havoc on everything from enemies to the environment like in Lego games. Topple massive towers with a swoosh of your sword, get trigger happy on mobs of enemies, and explode environments into colourful bursts of pixel goodness.

There are an array of characters from allies to enemies. And you can choose from over 50 weapons to suit your play style and triumph over evil.

Commitment

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. You can play on your own or with four people on the same system. Players can join and leave as they want which make it good to play in a busy family.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players) to play online with PlayStation 4. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 because it features non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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