Rogue Explorer Review (Xbox Series S)

In our Rogue Explorer Review, we take on this Pixel Art Hack & Slash Roguelike. Explore randomly generated dungeons in a roguelike action experience. Hack and slash enemies, acquire loot, and obtain enhancements to your existing equipment.

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Rogue Explorer Review Pros:

  • Nice pixel art graphics.
  • 275.5MB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Opening tutorial level.
  • Customize characters with hairstyle and colors.
  • Earn EXP to level up and pick one of three upgrade choices.
  • Levels are timed.
  • Platform action gameplay.
  • Kill enemies by jumping on them or attacking with your floating weapon.
  • Coins drop from enemies and is the currency of the game for upgrading and crafting.
  • Materials are found in the game and is used with coins to craft and upgrade items.
  • The main hub where you can do crafting, upgrading, leveling up abilities, and select levels.
  • When you die you start again from level one.
  • The game has its own list of ongoing quests that grant rewards in the hub.
  • Abilities tree grows as you unlock new buffs and passives.
  • Five levels of loot rarity.
  • You can carry two weapons, one to attack with and one that auto-attacks.
  • The loop is despite playing the same levels a lot, you get better and quicker at killing enemies and progressing.
  • Can sell unwanted loot.
  • Easy Gamerscore.
  • Each level or area is a set of smaller levels and you get just one health bar and you bank gold and materials in between them.

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Rogue Explorer Review Cons:

  • Very basic tutorial.
  • Not a fan of the music, it doesn’t quite match the game or its atmosphere.
  • No explanation for death and what happens.
  • No notification of completing the quests.
  • Merge items have no explanation.
  • Slow to start.
  • Little in the way of replay value once you finish the game.
  • Japanese or Chinese text in places.
  • The arrow to show you where to go is annoying and in the way.
  • Enemies are just reskinned every new area.

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Rogue Explorer:

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Developer:  ZOO Corporation

Publisher: Eastasiasoft

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

Summary

Rogue Explorer is very much a beginners guide to the roguelike genre. You take on a set of levels and collect loot, level up and add passives to your character. Any collected loot and gold is banked between levels. When you die you start from level 1 but you get to keep any abilities (seperate skill tree with things like more health or critical) and all gear stays upgraded so it’s not as harsh as some roguelikes but like I say it serves as a good taster for the genre. I found it alright to play, it is very accessible despite not telling you so much about the mechanics but the general gameplay is just fine. I did tire after a few areas mind as the enemies are all the same but reskinned and the boss fights are unimaginative and again reskinned same fight deals. There is a hook in Rogue Explorer but it’s not a strong one for vets of the genre but for jew people it is more than enough to keep you coming back.

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!

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