Heroes of Loot
Gameplay 8
Graphics 7
Sound 8

Heroes of Loot is a great title for when you need a quick action fix and don’t want to get bogged down with small details like inventory management or stat allocation. You simply race through dungeon floors, killing everything in sight and grabbing whatever loot you can find. It doesn’t have a lot of depth, but since dungeons are randomly generated and increase in difficulty the more you play the replay value is quite high. It is also very reasonably priced, which means there is no excuse for not giving it a shot.

Gameplay: The focus is very much on action and there isn’t much that gets in the way of that.

Graphics: Some lovely pixel art visuals with nice enemy designs.

Sound: Decent, but the sound effects are a little underwhelming

Summary 7.7 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Heroes of Loot

Developer: Orangepixel | Publisher: Orangepixel | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Action / Adventure / RPG | Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

While we will always have a soft spot for in-depth role playing games with complex characters and tons of customization, sometimes it is nice to just sit back and kill everything in sight. Thankfully, Orangepixel has got just the thing for such occasions and it is called Heroes of Loot. As far as I can tell the four heroes in this game doesn’t have any noble goals or ambitions to save the world and instead go around causing a ruckus in dungeons purely for the loot.

Although it can be classified as a dungeon crawler, the real-time action and frantic pace of the game makes it more of a twin-stick shooter. You get to choose between an elf, warrior, wizard or Valkyrie and then wade into dungeons infested with monsters where your only goal is to decimate the enemy hordes. Of course, there is also plenty of loot to grab and you’ll find the occasional shop where you can spend your hard earned cash. If you are feeling guilty about all the looting, don’t worry as you also get to free some hapless people who were imprisoned by the monsters. The closest thing you’ll find to traditional “quests” would be the optional time based challenges. These involve killing a certain amount of specific monsters, collecting the required amount of loot or rescuing a set amount of prisoners and must be done before the timer runs out in order to receive a reward.

The dungeons in Heroes of Loot are randomly generated, so each time you play you’ll be facing a new layout. Interestingly enough, the dungeons also become harder the more you play as new enemies and traps start to appear. The game features perma-death, so if your character buys the farm you’ll have to start over from scratch. Later on you’ll encounter items that are retained even if you die, but mostly your goal is to survive for as long as possible and see what dungeon floor you can reach before your character inevitably succumbs.

Anyone who enjoyed ‘80s coin-up titles, such as Gauntlet, Smash-TV and Robotron will appreciate the easy to pick up and play, but hard to master style of Heroes of Loot. The fast pace of the game means you can immediately jump in and start blasting and you never have to waste any time sifting through your inventory or allocating stats. Characters still earn experience points and level up, but it just improves their health and firepower. The dungeon floors aren’t very big, so the odds of getting lost are quite slim. It’s still worth exploring every nook and cranny though, as you’ll find secret rooms that are packed with loot.

To reach the next floor of each dungeon you simply have to kill everything in sight until you get a key and then race to the exit. Aside from all the loot you’ll also find potions to restore your health and runes that can assist you in combat for a short amount of time. For example, a fire rune allows you to torch enemies with rings of flame while a lightening rune will zap nearby foes. Although running around killing things can become repetitive, it is also very addictive and trying to beat your previous record is always a rush. To make things even more interesting the game also features a co-op mode, but it is local only, so your friend will have to be in the same room. The upside is that you can punch them if they hog all the valuable loot!

Heroes of Loot was originally a mobile title, but this PC version is still a lot of fun and looks quite decent. The game employs some nice pixel art for the visuals and I have to say that I really love the character as well as enemy designs. Your foes might look more adorable than menacing, but don’t underestimate them as after playing a few times the challenge increases considerably. The graphics are bright and colorful, but things can get a little chaotic when you are battling rooms filled to the brim with enemies. Enemy projectiles are also rather small, which make them tricky to dodge, especially while trying to avoid the myriad of enemies and traps all over the place. Although there isn’t really a story, you’ll discover a few funny scenes between levels where the party encounters new enemies or make comments about what is happening.

Overall the audio is pretty decent, with some nice tracks, but the sound effects sounded a little underwhelming to me. The music also sounded a little too mellow considering all the action happening on-screen, but at least it never becomes annoying. Considering the mobile roots of the game, the controls are responsive enough and I had no issues using a controller. The mouse also works fine, but take care as the right-mouse button functions as the “back” and “exit” keys, so you can accidentally leave the game completely with just a few accidental clicks! Luckily the game saves automatically, so it’s more of a minor nuisance than anything else until you learn not to spam the right-mouse button in an attempt to cast a spell or something when you get swarmed.

Heroes of Loot is definitely a lot of fun, especially with a friend and anyone who hasn’t already played it to death on mobile devices should give it a shot on PC. It can be played in short bursts or if you are really skilled you can go for marathon sessions in order to secure your spot on the leaderboards. The way that the dungeons slowly increases in challenge is good for the replay value and you can also unlock a fifth character class if you make it past the 30th floor. If you are in the mood for dungeon crawling, but want something fast paced where you don’t have to check your inventory every ten seconds you can do far worse than Heroes of Loot.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher
  • Processor: 2.0 ghz Dual Core
  • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
  • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card
  • OS: OSX Lion or newer
  • Processor: 2.0 ghz Dual Core
  • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
  • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card
  • OS: Ubuntu 12
  • Processor: 2.0 ghz Dual Core
  • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
  • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL supported sound card

Related posts

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

While there is no danger of this game dethroning the Diablo series it is a solid action role playing game set in a unique gameworld. The mixture of steampunk and gothic elements offer some bizarre enemies and interesting locations to explore while the action never lets up. The complete pack also adds some essential DLC for extending the longevity and variety of the game. Gameplay: Traditional action role playing done right. Graphics: The visual style is nice and the creature designs superb. Sound: Great voice acting, meaty sound effects and some nice tunes.

Drifting Lands

Drifting Lands

From big bosses and swarms of enemies to screens filled with bullets and explosions, Drifting Lands offers everything fans expect from the side scrolling shooter genre. However, it goes one step further by also merging it with some action-RPG elements that will keep you coming back for more in a bid to customize your ship to the max. It starts out a little slow, but thanks to multiple difficulty grades, the intensity of the action quickly ramps up. Anyone with an itchy trigger finger looking for a shooter that has a bit more replay value than usual shouldn’t at the very least try out the free demo. Gameplay: A little overwhelming at times, but at least you are eased into things quite gently. Graphics: Detailed and colorful, especially for a side scrolling shooter, but very few truly jaw-dropping set pieces. Sound: The sound effects lack a little punch, but the soundtrack is as varied as it is rocking.

9-nine-:Episode 2

9-nine-:Episode 2

9-Nine-: Episode 2 features more of the vibrant art and excellent writing that was featured in the first installment. However, it's not quite a sequel as it instead focuses on a different heroine compared to episode 1. This can be a little annoying for players who want to uncover all the mysteries instead of just learning more about the different heroines. The game is also rather short and left us wanting more, but this is mostly due to the great character dialog and superb translation. Despite some questionable elements 9-Nine-: Episode 2 is a great visual novel and we have no qualms recommending the entire series to fans of the genre. Gameplay: Features a lot more humor compared to episode one and the writing is still superb. Graphics: The art is detailed and vibrant, although a lot of the character sprites and backgrounds are reused. Sound: Excellent voice acting, but most of the background tunes are the same.

Long Live The Queen

Long Live The Queen

Long Live The Queen makes for a nice change of pace and is one of those titles that you will probably end up playing way longer than expected. It has a lot of replay value and once you are hooked you will want to see everything that it has to offer. Don't let the cute visuals fool you into thinking this title is aimed purely at the female demographic. Gameplay: A unique blend of styles that make for a engrossing and addictive experience. Graphics: I love the visual style, but found myself wishing for some animations. Sound: Some soothing piano tunes.

When Our Journey Ends – A Visual Novel

When Our Journey Ends - A Visual Novel

When Our Journey Ends follows the adventure of Mariko, a high school student who ends up stranded at an unfamiliar train station on her way home one day. She quickly discovers that it is not an ordinary place and learns about the spirits that dwell there. This visual novel features a unique graphical style, with lovely animated backgrounds, but it is rather short and the main story is not as fleshed out as much as we would have liked. It does feature a number of side stories that take place after the main story, but even with these the game is over way too soon. Gameplay: Short and lacking in meaningful choices. Graphics: Interesting character spirits and beautiful animated backgrounds. Sound: English voice acting for all the characters and a very decent soundtrack.

Overdungeon 超载地牢

Overdungeon 超载地牢

Overdungeon is a nice combination of rogue-like elements, card games, and the tower defense genre. With three playable characters and more than 100 cards as well as powerful relics, it is a game that easily sucks you in with its addictive gameplay. The translation quality is a little rough and the game could definitely benefit from a bit more polish, but for sheer, chaotic fun it is hard to beat. Gameplay: The random elements can result in some really over the top battles. Graphics: Decent, but not spectacular. Sound: Not bad.

Leave a comment

19 − 8 =