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 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 Cons:
- 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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Developer: DANGEN Entertainment
Publisher: Altari Games
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- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 9/109/10
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.