Live, die, repeat, live, die, repeat - this can be the endless loop you can feel playing games in the rogue-like genre. However, “Loop Hero” exploits that repetitive cycle as its entire gameplay.
“Loop Hero” is the latest game by developer ‘Four Quarters.’ It was originally released in early 2021 for PC and has most recently been released on Dec. 9 for the Nintendo Switch.
In “Loop Hero,” you play as a lone adventurer wandering around a circular path in a black void. As you make these loops, you collect tiles that you can place down. More tiles mean more loot, but it also means that a higher difficulty enemy will appear on your loop causing you to weigh risk vs reward. Similar to saying “hit me” in black jack, the more cards you are dealt, the more likely you are to bust. After finishing a loop, you are given the choice to stop and keep what you’ve gathered or keep going. However, if you continue, you risk losing most of it to the loop.
The game takes place after the end of the world which gives it an ominous tone. It has an eerie, bit-crushed soundtrack to match the game’s simple but grim pixelated graphics. While these limited visuals may not be to everyone’s taste, they match the theme of a world that has forgotten everything.
In the original PC version, players use a computer mouse to manage tiles and loot. However, the Nintendo Switch version adds quick inputs to make up for the lack of precision, at the cost of the game feeling significantly slower having to use a joystick to emulate the mouse. The game plays best with the Switch in handheld mode, as it can be harder to see some of the smaller sprites from a distance.
Overall, “Loop Hero” is a great game for those looking for a simple game to play when you have a little bit of down time, but may need to look away for a minute. For more information, visit https://loophero.com/ .