[PlayStation 4] Loot Hero DX Review
Loot Hero DX from Varagtp and Ratalaika Games is a 2D side-scrolling adventure in which you’ll have to destroy hordes of monsters on your quest to kill the mighty Dragon. Check our Loot Hero DX review!
Plow through monsters and become hero in this epic fantasy quest! A legendary Dragon is haunting the lands. Towns are set ablaze, and dark magic power resurrects the evil creatures of the world.
In Loot Hero DX, your adventure will begin as you’re told that a dragon is burning the lands, and hordes of monsters are destroying villages. You, a nameless hero, will have the task of restoring peace to the Kingdom. Simple, right?
Gameplay-wise, this game is as simple as it can get: you walk to the right (or return to the left), will automatically attacking every enemy on your path as you collect every piece of loot they drop. There is no need to press any buttons since enemies (and you!) take damage as you come into contact with others. The look you collect – as per the game’s title – will have you obtain a ton of money at a very fast pace.
As you walk, there will be numerous stores on the stage that will allow you to upgrade your physical traits – attack, defense, critical, and speed – in exchange for the loot you’ve collected. You can upgrade your character as you wish, focusing on one particular stat at first, but you do need to be aware of how the higher one particular stat is, the higher the cost to upgrade it again.
At the end of each level, there’s a big boss to fight. Your hero might not be strong enough to beat him, but the good news is that you can walk left and return through the path you’ve already cleared, where enemies will have respawned. This way, you’ll be able to collect more loot and experience points. And if you die, all that will happen is that you’ll immediately respawn at the last store you reach so that you can rethink your strategy.
Honestly, when I played, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this game has a very similar look and feel to Half-Minute Hero in the dungeon and battles sequences, excluding the timer, of course. This game also requires almost no concentration to play, so it can be played in short bursts when you want to unwind and just mow down the hundreds of enemies foolish enough to try and stop you.
The presentation is of the 16-bits pixel variety, and it’s a good choice. I was pleasantly surprised by the background music, which was great, and I really loved the main theme. As for the trophies: the list is really short with 11 Gold, 1 Silver, and then one Platinum trophy to add to your collection. There’s a trophy for clearing each of the nine first levels, for upgrading your character at stores, defeating X number of enemies, and for beating a level under 15 seconds. None of them are neither hard nor challenging, and you should have your Platinum trophy in under half an hour or so. The game isn’t over after nine levels, however, and you can continue playing the same nine levels this game has to offer while increasing the difficulty and the challenge, forcing you to grind a bit to collect the extra experience points and loot needed to defeat the now stronger opponents.
Apart from how repetitive the experience gets after beating the same nine levels a few times – which each run taking around 15-20 minutes, there really isn’t much to complain about in Loot Hero DX. It’s a simple game that delivers on the premise it presents in its trailer, and it gives you a very satisfying feeling as you become overpowered as you progress through this adventure.
Loot Hero DX was the game I needed to play since it’s a bite-sized arcade-style experience that is a great palate cleanser after the bigger releases I played during the holiday break. Trophy hunters will love this one as well since it offers a Platinum trophy to unlock in half an hour or so.
It’s not really needed for this one, but just in case you need it, here’s a trophy guide:
This Loot Hero DX review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.