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The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Flawed adventure game filled with frustration, bugs.

Game Mac , PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One 2018
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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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