A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game has a general "good versus evil" theme as players work to rebuild their world. There are also some themes of working towards a better future or giving into despair and desperation.
Positive Role Models
Players are working to rebuild their world after its apparent destruction, although no one seems to remember how the world ended or why it's being rebuilt.
There's not a lot of diversity between the characters, but most are meant to be generic non-player characters, like merchants, villagers, and the like.
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Ease of Play
While players have the responsibility of rebuilding their world from the darkness of oblivion, actual combat is outside of the player's control. Instead, the player's focus is strategic placement of landscape tiles and using their inventory to survive.
Violence & Scariness
Combat happens with characters fighting against monsters and other enemies using a variety of weapons and abilities. There's no graphic depictions of the violence and no onscreen blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some suggestive material, whether it's lines of dialogue dripping with innuendo or creatures that appear with heavy cleavage or bare breasts, strategically covered in the artwork by hair, arms, or other items.
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Some profanity, such as "s--t" appears occasionally in the dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Loop Hero is a downloadable fantasy role-playing game available on the Nintendo Switch, as well as on Windows, macOS, and Linux based computers. Players take on the role of a hero tasked with traveling a mysterious looping path, surviving multiple hazards and building up the world around him as he does. Combat is handled automatically and features no onscreen blood or graphic violence. The player's main task is in managing their inventory of looted items and the placement of landscape cards along their path. There's some sexual innuendo and reference, as well as some mild profanity, in the dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
If there was ever a case for the adage of "Don't judge a book by its cover," this is it. Loop Hero looks like a lost game discovered on an old 5 1/4" floppy disk stuck in the drive of a PC that was hermetically sealed in a time capsule somewhere around the mid-1980s. That's not meant to invoke any warm feelings of nostalgia either. It's a specific design choice that's difficult to look past that can make the game almost painful to play at first. Then again, you're not actually doing much in terms of playing at first anyway. The bulk of Loop Hero's gameplay is what's termed an "idle game." Instead of issuing commands and controlling characters' actions in combat, exploration, etc., you just sort of sit back and let the game play itself.
On the surface, it doesn't seem like Loop Hero has much of anything to offer. But if you can manage to look past its initial impressions, what you'll find underneath is a surprisingly deep, charming, and addictive experience. It's true that the early parts of the game feel like a grinding testament to your patience. Once you start placing terrain and buildings, learning how these various puzzle pieces interact with one another and the loop as a whole, that's when the game picks up momentum. Before long, you find yourself fully invested in a continuous cycle of strategic inventory management, environmental tweaks, and general experimentation that's hard to put down.
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