Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos locations the participant on a fantasy journey of development, puzzle-solving, and journey; a jaunt that’s clearly impressed by older entries in The Legend of Zelda collection, like A Hyperlink to the Previous. You choose up a boomerang, a magic wand, a grappling hook, and all the opposite dungeon-crawling necessities. You’re employed your means by way of flames, swamps, and icy peaks. However you additionally construct up a robust character. The result’s a pleasing journey that’s a comfortable sweater in winter climate, however there are just a few frayed threads. You may tackle the trek with as much as three different gamers, which is a pleasant possibility, however finally a chaotic diversion from the extra streamlined single-player affair.
As you’re employed your means by way of the quest-filled overworld and procedurally generated dungeon confines, loss of life is bound to occur. Different roguelikes may supply small boons, however make no mistake, Rogue Heroes primarily rewards the participant with expertise factors that may be spent after every run for substantial, everlasting upgrades. As you construct up your city from nothing, you create varied buildings to extend your well being, mana, sword perks, stamina, merchandise powers, and extra.
The improve system is diverse sufficient to unfold your factors round throughout a number of aspects and provides unimaginable energy boosts over time – you by no means battle to get extra highly effective to tackle any given encounter, even if you wish to “face tank” it. That is each a blessing and a curse, as your potent upgrades strip a number of the weight out of the ultimate quarter of the sport. Early-game tuning appears to be proper on par with what may very well be thought of an journey, whereas the later boss encounters are a bit anticlimactic in nature as you explode them with a hyper-critical, max-damage sword. That mentioned, the large lean-in on consolation is true in step with what makes Rogue Heroes a particular sport.
Whereas all of the methods are fairly shallow, it’s fairly nice to construct up a village from scratch, full with pleasant NPCs, fishing, and farming. It’s a soothing little pixel paradise that you could name your individual, and it appears good for a chilly winter’s day with a cup of cocoa by your facet. The world, with its little child slimes and scattered secrets and techniques, conjures up wafts of nostalgia from my old-school Zelda-playing days. For those who don’t harbor these enchanted recollections, that’s alright too – it’s a welcoming and heat place to be, even whether it is crammed with monsters and dungeons.
The in any other case pleasurable romp by way of Tasos is marred by a number of small however probably important bugs. On PC, I observed that the audio could be often marred by a thick crackling, and slowdowns and interference that necessitated a reset each hour or so to keep away from the sport changing into unplayable.
Multiplayer will be enjoyable however chaotic, relying on what number of adventurers you need to cram right into a session. I discovered the candy spot to be one different companion, the place you may resurrect one another whereas dungeoneering and make mild work of puzzle mechanisms collectively. Useless gamers may even manipulate the world by activating traps or possessing pots as ghosts whereas they wait to be introduced again to life, which is a pleasant contact. Whereas I had issue ever getting matched right into a random sport, it was simple to pair with a pal on Steam to play.
Rogue Heroes is straightforward but satisfying, portray an fulfilling and low-stress journey for one or a gaggle of buddies. Nothing in regards to the expertise is more likely to blow your thoughts however basking in its cozy confines may be simply the recipe you’re in search of.