The plethora of roguelites is overwhelming. Plenty are released yearly, and sometimes it’s difficult to determine which ones are worth playing. Rest assured that Heliocentric Studios’ Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos won’t disappoint! It’s a dungeon crawler that reminds us why roguelites are loved.
While Rogue Heroes has many outstanding characteristics, such as easy mechanics and diverse classes, the glitches can be bothersome.
You can purchase Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos on the Nintendo Switch or Steam for $7.99.
STORY – WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
The game’s plot is straightforward, making it very easy to follow.
Long ago, four Goddesses died to prevent the malicious Titans from taking over Tasos. The Titans were locked away in four different Great Dungeons by the Goddesses, but the seals grow weaker while the beasts grow stronger.
Only a noble hero can save Tasos from their grasp. It’s up to you to annihilate the Titans and their menacing henchmen!
GAMEPLAY – LOADS OF FUN… AND BUGS
Although the story is basic, this is one of the most engrossing RPGs I’ve played in a while. You can also play with up to three people via online and local co-op. You’ll solve those dungeon puzzles in a cinch if you venture with friends!
SO MANY OPTIONS!
One feature I love is the customizability of your character. You may choose their skin tone, hair color, and cloak color. Creating a character that resembles myself is exciting because it makes me feel more immersed in the game.
After customization, you choose your class. Only two class options are available at the beginning, but you can unlock more by obtaining clothing threads and bringing them to The Rusty Needle. The selection of classes in many other games is usually scarce, but Rogue Heroes has ten character types! The class versatility is one of my favorite aspects of the game because each has special abilities that make them unique. For example, the Witch specializes in brewing, so they craft more effective potions than others. They can also use their brooms to hover over threatening ground obstacles, which is handy for avoiding deathly dungeon traps.
Every player can find a class that fits their fighting style! If you get bored with one, you can effortlessly switch to another. Simply open your wardrobe, select the class you want to be in, and it’s done!
You can also use various weapons to slay your enemies, such as a wand or sword. All classes have access to every weapon, but some excel at using certain ones. For instance, the Knight deals more sword damage than the Mage. In addition, you can quickly shift between inventory items, which is convenient when you’re in the heat of battle. As mentioned before, all classes have special powers, many of which you make temporarily invulnerable. These powers range from the Mage’s lighting-fast Blink ability to the Reaper’s mind-blowing Burst ability. Accordingly, I quickly mastered dodging enemy attacks and following up with swift blows. Dodging and attacking at the right time is crucial when battling since many foes are nimble!
You can build your strength in countless ways! Use gems to upgrade your health and mana at the Intori Clinic, increase your stamina at the Fitness Center, upgrade your weapons at Rick’s Tool Shed, and more! Since gems are needed to become more powerful, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for them in dungeons. They’ll usually be in chests or enemies. You can also fish and farm to sell your items for Tasian Gold, which is used to open chests in dungeons.
NPCs roam so you can unlock quests, gain valuable items, and discover new classes. However, most were unmemorable since their character backgrounds aren’t disclosed. Nonetheless, it was exciting to encounter new faces because I knew I’d be closer to getting stronger, which is always satisfying.
THE JOY OF HACKIN’ AND SLASHIN’
Now for the best part of the game: the dungeons. Rogues Heroes’ Dungeons are procedurally generated, meaning the layouts are completely different each time you die and revisit them. I love this feature because people can’t memorize the structures of any dungeons; therefore, the game doesn’t seem repetitive. Unfortunately, you’ll have to give up all your gems when you enter them, but on the bright side, you don’t lose any gems when you die. Several enemies, traps, and puzzles await in these dangerous places, so be alert! I can’t tell you how often I’ve been stumped by a puzzle or surprised by a hidden trap that almost killed me.
The dungeon bosses are particularly fun to battle since they have unique attack patterns, so you’ll have to learn each of them to be triumphant. Understanding an enemy’s attack pattern is exhilarating because it feels like I’ve outsmarted them!
THE UNENJOYABLE PARTY
As amazing as Rogue Heroes is, I can’t talk about it without mentioning glitches. Some are menial, but others are too significant to ignore. For example, when one of your teammates dies, you must carry their skull to an altar to resurrect them. Additionally, your fallen comrade will remain a ghost until you’ve placed their skull on an altar. I think this resurrection system is very creative and fun! However, my friend couldn’t see my skull once after I died in online co-op mode. We had to abandon the run, which negatively impacted the gameplay since we lost a lot of progress.
The trajectory of the projectiles from the wand is another major issue. The missiles sometimes automatically locked onto enemies across the room instead of ones right in front of me. I got so frustrated that I started using other weapons and stopped using the wand altogether. I could go on about the bugs in this game, but that would take too long. According to users on Steammultiplayer mode is buggier than single-player, and I couldn’t agree more.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
Despite the glitches and bugs, Rogue Heroes’ graphics are aesthetically pleasing. They’re one of the best features of the game! The art style is a salute to the Zelda franchise and is a wise choice.
The dynamism in the different locations is astounding. They vary from a freezing mountain range to a scolding lava site, all of which are vibrant and lively with countless fascinating creatures. A tremendous amount of detail is in each environment too. For example, you’ll find squirrels scurrying around and green leaves falling in Tufton Fields. Meanwhile, you’ll track footprints in the snow and see snowflakes falling at Sekoset Mountain. The dungeon environments also match the climates they are located in, rendering unique puzzles.
The sound design and music are high quality too! The background music changes according to the atmosphere. For example, in Intori Village, the music is whimsical and calming telling you it’s safe to let your guard down. On the contrary, the background music in dungeons is lower-pitched and threatening warning you to tread carefully. In terms of sound design, the subtle things, such as stepping on mud vs. stepping on snow, impress me the most. Also, the sounds the monsters make once slaughtered are disturbing yet unforgettable.
Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos was reviewed on the Nintendo Switch.