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  • Summary: Explore procedurally generated labyrinths in a dungeon crawling action roguelike that combines tense, real-time combat with spatial block-shifting - slide blocks of ancient ruins, fight bestial abominations, loot, explore, level-up, strategize, cast powerful spells, die and wake up anew.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 3, 2022
    90
    To say Loot River is a game mechanically and visually enticing would be to downplay just what makes a game of this stature such a treat to repeatedly explore. Unusual a pitch it might’ve sounded, the eccentric implication that “Dark Souls meets Tetris” isn’t entirely unwarranted. In a game whose novel implementation of movement alone is one with a plentiful amount of offensive, defensive and tactical potential, let alone a mere tool for traversal that can be as equally costly as it is a helpful aid. Just like its technical niceties that add so much to the pixelated aesthetic, it’s what the game doesn’t reveal at the outset — and thus, that desire to figure out the true path to success — that is by far the most impressive thing about Loot River. One that not only justifies its quirky alternative to run-based progression, but through it transforms the game from that of a humble roguelite into one that, strangely enough, is just as much puzzle-platformer as it is grueling dungeon-crawler.
  2. 85
    Dark Souls meets Diablo and spices it up with a bit of Tetris in this original “shifting” action-roguelike that will test both your combat skills and your wits.
  3. May 4, 2022
    80
    An entertaining roguelite that will start to hook you up with the original "Tetris" mechanic, and then with its great soulslike vibes, the beautiful pixel art and all the runs you'll have to conquer to uncover all the secrets and lore. If you love the genre you probably love it, even if it needs a little bit more polish on controls and bugs.
  4. May 3, 2022
    70
    The technical problems that surround Loot River are undeniable. Yet, it is fascinating how we keep thinking about getting back in those flooded corridors as soon as possible. Facing a game that forces you to restart your run because the boss got stuck between platforms and now is, somehow, invincible, one would think that that game will be soon uninstalled. Yet, perfection is overvalued nowadays. We prefer those who dare.
  5. May 11, 2022
    70
    Loot River is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination; it, like many new IP’s just needs some tweaking to iron out some of its technical issues and I have no doubt that with its truly unique blend of traditional roguelikes with a dash of a block puzzler, that Loot River will quickly carve out a place for it on the ever-growing roguelike mountain.
  6. May 10, 2022
    65
    Loot River feels like an unfinished product as some mechanics don't work probably on many occasions, and the content doesn't do much to encourage beginning another cycle.
  7. May 4, 2022
    40
    It's unfortunate that Loot River feels like an Early Access product in its current state. A scarcity of content and a thoroughly unfinished, unsatisfying feel to the combat, movement, and item discovery makes this title very hard to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 8, 2022
    7
    There's a river, and there's loot in it, nuff said. *EDIT* so apparently not enough said...so it's a bit of fun, not something that's goingThere's a river, and there's loot in it, nuff said. *EDIT* so apparently not enough said...so it's a bit of fun, not something that's going to keep you enthralled for 100's of hours, but it's fresh, worth a look Expand
  2. May 9, 2022
    5
    The game has a very promising concept, stylish visuals and a strong opening, but sadly bugs, glitches and overall just poorly designed systemsThe game has a very promising concept, stylish visuals and a strong opening, but sadly bugs, glitches and overall just poorly designed systems leave it feeling very unfinished.

    After a several glitched runs, frustrating bugs, and many unpolished encounters. I sadly cannot recommend this game at all.

    As many people have mentioned, it sadly feels like an early access version.
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  3. May 24, 2022
    4
    Dungeon Crawling, looting and fighting your way to glory. Loot River plays like Diablo 2 on hardcore mode as you shuffle through Tetris likeDungeon Crawling, looting and fighting your way to glory. Loot River plays like Diablo 2 on hardcore mode as you shuffle through Tetris like puzzles and slay fiends. If your health hits, 0…you lose everything and have to start all over.

    Looks like a multiple run type of game where you keep grinding the game for keys, unlocking items and other crap that some of the bosses drop. While the ideas are good, the movement and combat are a little stiff for me. River platforms are fun to move and you can quickly solve little puzzles to access chests and get more loot. Navigate these corridors to find the exit and progress as fast as you want to. I had one successful run out of 4 attempts and when I finally “beat the game”, it felt lackluster.

    Honestly I am finding it hard to continue to play this game. It didn’t grab me like I’d hoped. Everything about the gameplay is mediocre at best. Progression is worse than Spelunky and I am tired of games like that. Combat was uneventful and its a huge part of the game. Parrying attacks seemed impossible, fighting monsters was clunky and it just doesn’t do much for me.

    Pros: Moving the platforms?

    Cons: Graphics, combat and progression. Not gripping me at all.

    4/10
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