Bloodroots is one of the most confident indie games to release on Nintendo Switch, sure to appease players with a fetish for violence, score-chasing and an enticing narrative. It’s the complete package.
7.5/10 - Isometric hack n slash. Fast fun is the best way to describe it. Doesn’t take itself too seriously and not overly long game (doesn’t overstay it’s welcome)
+ the right amount of difficulty and playtime
+ good soundtrack
+ fun ride
- long load times
- no explanation whatsoever on what to do in platforming areas can leave you wasting time dying repeatedly mashing buttons to figure it out
- some glitches (minor)
While Australia still doesn’t have Hotline Miami on the Switch, Bloodroots helps to fill that fast-paced violent wound. When you work out how to chain your attacks around the many arenas it feels great, although it can be too unforgiving. Bloodroots revels in ‘everything is your weapon’ slapstick, managing to keep it interesting across the three acts. Paper Cult has delivered a stylish bloody revenge tale that will grab your attention and stab you with it.
While some overly long levels and a few frustrating hazards threaten to hamper the game’s enjoyment, the amazing and cathartic action in Bloodroots still finds a way to power through these flaws in order to help deliver one highly enjoyable game. Be it the swift yet nicely chaotic gameplay that offers a good chunk of strategy and buckets of blood, the stylistic and attractive art style with a lot of flavor in every bit of scenery, or the simple yet captivating story, there’s a lot here to enjoy. Rain bring Paper Cult the strength, for they have earned it.
BloodRoots is unfortunately not as fun as its initial promise would have made us think. Despite the undeniable fun given by the freedom of butchering your enemies with an infinity of items, the repetitiveness of its gameplay mechanics, its imprecise collisions and idle camera runs short after a couple of ours.
When he returns to his village to find it destroyed, Mr. Wolf confronts those responsible and is killed. Later resurrected by unknown forces he sets out to seek revenge.
Played from an isometric viewpoint Bloodroots is a fast paced paced hack and slash action game. Featuring a great variety of weapons to utilise and cause destruction it’s good fun at first, but the level of difficulty (one mistimed button press usually results in death) combined with less than perfect controls quickly make this a rather frustrating experience.
I got pretty far into this game and ended up getting bored with it. New enemies and weapons are introduced over time, but they all feel pretty similar. This game isn't super hard, but the hard parts end up feeling tedious and frustrating rather than fun (mostly barrel heavy levels).
The fixed camera angle makes some of the jumps harder than they should be. The camera is also pulled too far out a lot of the time. Your character looks tiny and is hard to make out from gangs of enemies sometimes.
The worst part is the performance on the Switch. Levels take forever to load even if they don't appear that large or complicated. The framerate feels low and inconsistent. This is the kind of game that demands to be buttery smooth and responsive. It isn't.
This is the type of game that you forget you had purchased. You discover it in your downloads later and then wonder why you had spent money on it.
- Extremely long load times between scenes. Clearly not optimized for the Switch. It took literally 5 minutes to load until you can first move your character all the while showing a spinning axe loading icon which you will see throughout the game and blaring the developer names in giant letters as if this were the best game ever.
- Bad controls. I can't get past the way the character runs. There is no acceleration or deceleration.
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Good idea with mediocre gameplay and bugs. Many times you'll see how the hit box of the enemies make no sense or lag with the jump and attack button. Is really disappointing because it would be a really interesting and worth game with an average gameplay, but unfortunately is too bad.