Lost Ruins Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For this Lost Ruins Review, we play a 2D side-scrolling survival action game, where you play as a young girl that has awoken in a strange and foreign place without her memories. Explore a dark and dangerous world, battle hideous monsters, and topple incredible bosses.

Lost Ruins Review

Lost Ruins Review Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 706MB download size.
  • Ten save slots.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Four difficulties – accessible, recommended veteran, and hardcore.
  • Anime art is used for text conversations.
  • Tight controls.
  • Save/checkpoints littered throughout the world.
  • Metroidvania platformer gameplay.
  • Smartphone messages can be found and give text-based lore and story.
  • Fully customize your own loadout and item shortcuts.
  • Cutesy pixel art characters.
  • Burn oil to make a fire, and use water to extinguish or electrify the water.
  • Loot galore from chests to drops to lying around the locations.
  • The map fills in as you play.
  • Portals – find them and use them for fast travel.
  • Computers act as save points.
  • The full-text pop-up of pickups and notifications.
  • Easy to read and use menu system.
  • Satisfies loot lust.
  • Actions – weapons, magic, jump, and roll/dash that can also be performed in the air.
  • Strong lighting game with reactive shadows.
  • Creepy and gorgeous locations.
  • Items will show stats, buffs, etc in the menu.
  • Satisfying to play.
  • Some of the best-looking enemies I’ve seen in a long time.
  • A proper sense of adventure.
  • Puzzle elements sprinkled in.
  • Play how you want.
  • Vending machines can be found and used to buy and sell items and gear.
  • Find new characters who aid you but also sell unique items and spells.
  • Big colorful explosions and effects.
  • Boss encounters are memorable and huge.

Lost Ruins Review

Lost Ruins Review Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Combat takes a bit of getting used to as it’s very wooden and safe in its approach.
  • Animations are slow, especially in combat.

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Lost Ruins Review

Lost Ruins:

Official website.

Developer: DANGEN Entertainment

Publisher: Altari Games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Not gonna lie, the first hour was pretty rough, it took me ages to get to grips with combat especially as it is a lot more wooden and stationery than I thought it would be and this messed up timing and attacks. The story did take a long time to get going mostly because it’s very broken up and requires you to find particular people to trigger etc. Anyway moving on I found the game just needed to time to settle, I felt a lot more confident in all situations once I embraced the loot (there is a lot of it) and mixed it up with magic. Honestly, the game is a proper loot-filled crazy ride of combat and exploration, I went from not sure to a devoted fan, and it is a game that is a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch, the boss encounters are interesting with a more structured approach to them, the combat once mastered is very meaty and the visuals just pop right out of the screen. If you want a solid well thought out Metroidvania, Lost Ruins is one you must check out, push past the initial trials and tribulations and reap the rewards with a solid fun-to-play loot-crazy game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!