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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This story, like all Redwall stories, is about good conquering evil. There's also a focus on heroism, courage, and bravery.
Positive Role Models
Both hero characters, Liam and Sophia, are noble, brave, and kind.
Ease of Play
Poor controls and rampant bugs make simple things harder than they have to be.
Violence & Scariness
Buildings are set on fire; characters carry weapons, and story refers to past wars and fighting enemies, although there's no real combat included here, and no blood or gore.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the Redwall series of books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout is a downloadable episodic adventure game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game is based on Brian Jacques' popular Redwall book series. The gameplay is suitable for kids of all ages, but there's mild peril (in the form of burning buildings and invading rats, although no blood or gore's shown). The game has frustrating crontrols that can annoy many gamers, and lots of text that will make it a bit of a struggle for younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
This book series is well known for its fun characters, explosive action, and love of food, but sadly, what should be a long-running game series falls flat at its beginning. In The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout, things start well enough with a Princess Bride-style intro where an elderly mouse monk tells a “lost legend” to a young mouse sick in bed. After choosing from the heroes Liam and Sophia, you're directed to report to a moonlit Scout camp to prove your mettle. Here, you'll meet a group of colorful characters, all fun to talk to and expertly voice-acted. At this point, if you're a Redwall fan, you're breathless in anticipation of the upcoming adventure. Then the skill tests begin, and things go horribly wrong.
You're given a journal to track your objectives, but it doesn't work very well. The main interface isn't so good either; lacking an an-screen compass, it's hard to tell which way you're running, and the non-interactive map offers no way to reference your position. Worse, tutorial pop-ups are poorly timed and inadequate, making tasks confusing, and poor controls make them even harder. Mice heroes should be quick and agile, right? Here, they're lumbering and unwieldy, which makes sneaking a pain. The underused scent system (colored wisps in the air that you can use to track friends and enemies) isn't useful enough, and neither is your slingshot. If all this isn't enough to test your patience, the quest-breaking bugs are sure to send you over the edge. Depending on your luck, your heroes could fall through the environment, your enemies could get stuck, or enemy animations might not play. Whatever your bug experience is, it's a sure fun-killer. Granted, the developers are trying to address bugs, but since the game's been out for a year already, it's really a case of “too little too late.” All told, The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout is a huge disappointment for Redwall fans, and though future episodes could indeed be better, it's probably best to read reviews before purchasing another one.
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