You can be my hero baby.
Trying to convince people that a game in which you, literally, do nothing is fun is a tough sell. Thankfully Loot Hero DX somehow has forced us to stand on this hill.
Loot Hero DX, by Ratalaika Games, at its core is left to right runner set against a fantasy medieval backdrop in which the player assumes the role of the “hero” knight. Your goal… well clear the stage. This is accomplished via running from the left to the right. Of course, you will be tasked with slaying a bestiary of monsters that will do everything in their (ever-increasing) power to stop you.
Visually, Loot Hero DX is a treat.
Honestly, the blocky sprites are well done and animate well. While the variety of enemies feels lacking, the actual aesthetic is well-conceived and executed to perfection. Each of the game’s handful of stages is diverse enough but serves as window dressing to what truly lies beneath.
Audibly, Loot Hero DX does not make sense.
The score and music are well done and sound great. Yet, somehow they don’t fit. Perhaps we were looking for a cheesy Ren fair knock off, but this feels off. Yet, as previously said, it’s done well. The soundtrack doesn’t fit but is enjoyable. The accompanying effects are solid if not a bit unremarkable.
Control-wise, unfortunately, some readers will quit.
The game literally insults your intelligence. The player is in control of the left stick… and well that’s it. You run left or right and adjust according to your damage. Loot Hero DX requires players to level up their knight via running the gauntlet. Keep dying… not strong enough? No worries, just run back and forth between the “towns” which allow you to level up using your accrued coins. Each stat (attack, defence, critical, and speed) can be levelled to 4 stars and then incrementally upgraded for 9999 coins after. While this sounds ridiculous, coins at later stages can be had in a matter of seconds or by way of your miners. Every time you beat the game… which takes no time, you unlock a miner. Consider them AFK hoarders. They gather coins and make completing later levels that much easier. Every time the game is conquered the difficulty increase. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn’t change or deviate.
Loot Hero DX is an oddity.
Visually the game captures the retro vibe it’s looking for. Audibly, the tunes are solid and well-replicated but fail to tie into the game. Controls are truly limited to left and right. They succeeded in making the left stick responsive. But is it fun?
Loot Hero DX is a solid weekend title. Back in the days of rentals (not Gamefly) Loot Hero could have been legendary. However, in today’s landscape, this feels like a shallow mobile cash-in. Sure, while playing for review it was fun, but there is no draw to bring you back. The game is soulless and hollow. The $4 / £4.99 asking price feels absurd given the lack of depth. On a $1 sale, Loot Hero DX is worth your time, but understand this is a hollow experience that will just placate your visual senses.
Review code provided
Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 21/01/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Action, Arcade
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop