Nobody Saves The World
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Nobody Saves The World
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nobody Saves the World is a downloadable action-RPG (role-playing game) available for all Xbox One platforms and Windows (via only the Steam store) that can be played solo or with a friend. Players assume control of an amnesic human who syncs with a magical wand that grants the ability to transform into a host of strange characters and creatures at will. This power proves timely with the invasion of an mystical deity slowly corrupting and absorbing the fantastical kingdom's people and places into itself. Players have a large world to explore with sprawling dungeon levels to conquer, side quests to seek out, and challenges to complete to level up their stats and an array of moves and abilities. This game's easy to learn and play with a basic set of mechanics shared across the ever increasing menagerie of wacky forms players can assume, such as a bodybuilder, horse, and even an egg. The cartoony graphics present grotesque environments and enemies that invoke stylized body horror across the board, but these are done more for comic effect than for horror. There is a smattering of mild language, and mild allusions to sexual content, although nothing's explicitly shown or stated.
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What’s It About?
NOBODY SAVES THE WORLD is quite literal with its title. Players wake up in a dingy hut as a human character who is unusually pale and featureless—an actual nobody without memories or a history. After walking around a village and being told to seek out a wizard's wisdom, the player discovers this magician has gone missing with the arrival of an mystical deity called The Calamity, which has begun mutating the kingdom's inhabitants and locales. Thankfully, this nobody can become somebodies with a wand that can morph the wielder into other forms on the fly. It's up to a rat, knight, slug, and more—all wrapped in one person—to find out what happened to this wizard and see how The Calamity can be purged from the land. There's a plethora of supporting characters who bring personality to the fore with cheeky dialogue, along with a mishmash of fantasy tropes, characters, and places.
Is It Any Good?
This "dungeon crawling" action-RPG (role-playing game) avoids repetitive boredom with distinctive places to adventure and visually striking humorous locations. Nobody Saves the World provides a steady influx of new enemies, while old ones are given new purpose with more powerful forms and shields with elemental characteristics (called "Wards") that can only be broken with attacks of the same element. Some dungeons require players to defeat a certain number of enemies on multiple floors, while others require hunting down keys spread out across a single massive floor. This constant stream of challenges will keep players attention throughout the game with new attacks and passive abilities (the latter enhancing stats or adding status effects to the former), and no challenge, dungeon, or side quest lacks purpose, since all of these will earn players Stars that are required to open several dungeons that propel the story forward. Players will spend a few hours between each of these story dungeons exploring and conquering the world to the fullest with a loose hand guiding them toward reachable goals, integrating them into the rhythm of gameplay without feeling like a host of chores.
The novelty and sheer amount of goals drop off a few hours before the end, but players are never at a loss for things to keep busy. The same goes for the eighteen forms players can unlock by completing challenges with other forms. All of them share a simple set of mechanics, but all of them offer differing approaches to combat. The possibilities are seemingly endless, so players can tailor their preferred forms to their liking, which is fun to experiment with to see how best to approach enemies with particular strengths and weaknesses. With the ability to play with a friend online, this is a casual yet well crafted experience that serves as a nice introduction to dungeon crawler titles with a brand of quirky, irreverent humor and silly, gross-out visuals fitting for younger audiences.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about fresh starts. It's never too late to build from the ground up and change our ways for the better, so how can we learn, while distancing ourselves, from an unsavory past?
Cartoony violence and yucky stuff can be fun and funny in their own ways, but how do we know when this stuff can become too much? When is it okay to be entertained by it? How do we respect other people's sensitivities when we show or tell them about these things that might be too crass to others?
- Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Drinkbox Studios
- Release date: January 18, 2022
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood, Sexual Themes, Language
- Last updated: February 7, 2022
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