Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 23, 2021
    90
    Ruined King: A League of Legends story is one of the best turn-based RPGs released this year. Featuring extremely smooth mechanics and exquisite visuals, Ruined King can keep players glued to their gaming chairs for hours at a time. How much League of Legends lore Ruined King reveals is easily the cherry on top, too. There's a thrilling story within for everyone who chooses to give the game a try, one that comes highly recommended.
  2. Nov 23, 2021
    90
    While it doesn't innovate the formula introduced in Battle Chasers: Nightwar too much, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story's quality is undeniably high, so much that even those with little to no knowledge of the League of Legends universe can enjoy the game fully. With an engaging story, charming characters and amazing combat system, the game by Airship Syndicate is the best possible debut for Riot Forge, and one of the best role-playing games released this year.
  3. Nov 24, 2021
    88
    I don’t know whether to recommend Ruined King: A League of Legends Story for the interesting story set in the League of Legends universe or because it's one of the best turn-based RPGs I played since quite a while. I’d stick towards the second reason, leaving the first one as the icing on the cake. An engaging storyline, beautifully characterized and customizable characters, and a combat system that will test your tactical skills await you, especially if you dare to play at higher difficulty levels. Will Runeterra’s champions become the new Avengers?
  4. Dec 6, 2021
    87
    Ruined King is an excellent western JRPG and is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. Combining an extensive and interesting campaign, a well thought out battle system, lovely graphics, and impressive soundtrack, it will satisfy turn-based RPG's fans to the fullest. Highly recommended.
  5. Nov 29, 2021
    85
    At the end of the day, Ruined King: A League of Legends story is great RPG for two sets of fans. League players (and those from other Riot games) get the opportunity to explore worlds they may have heard about, but never visited. For those unfamiliar with League, you get the opportunity to explore a land of pirates in an accessible story-driven RPG and expose yourself to Runeterra’s universe. The story is compelling and beautifully told, and the lands of Bilgewater and Shadow Isles are full of secrets. While it’s great you need not grind, the combat system feels like it was changed for the sake of change. Airship Syndicate knocked it out of the park in most ways (be it soundtrack, world design, storytelling, and gameplay), and I’m so excited to see more!
  6. Nov 26, 2021
    85
    Ruined King is an RPG with undoubted qualities. Thanks to the fundamental artistic contribution of Joe "Mad" Madureira, the work manages to capture the attention of both fans who live permanently in Runeterra and newbies who have never heard of League of Legends.
  7. Nov 22, 2021
    85
    Despite some resemblance to Battle Chasers: Nightwar, with Ruined King: A League of Legend Story the developers make a step forward and deliver us a more refined experience, suitable for veterans and newcomers to League of Legends.
  8. Nov 24, 2021
    83
    By masterfully evolving a winning formula, adding the Riot touch to that of Madureira, Airship Syndicate proves once more that passion always makes the difference and that, sometimes, it helps to overcome some flaws.
  9. Nov 22, 2021
    83
    Airship Syndicate delivers a solid RPG that you can enjoy whether you’re familiar or not with League of Legends, that also improves what Battle Chasers: Nightwar already did well.
  10. Dec 2, 2021
    80
    If you crave more after Arcane you’d do right by Airship Syndicate’s latest RPG outing. Even if you aren’t a League aficionado, you’ll feel right at home here it’s friendly to new players. You’ll just notice a bit more fan service here and there if you’re familiar with the universe.
  11. Dec 1, 2021
    80
    Despite being woefully ignorant of most things about League of Legends going in, I found myself at no real disadvantage when it came to enjoying most aspects of Ruined King. A distinct and deep combat system with a unique mechanical hook, interesting puzzles and stylish art, and a well-defined cast of characters and setting were enough to get me invested in an IP I had largely ignored up until this point. Despite some issues with a lack of polish, Ruined King deserves a look-in for any fan of RPGs, independent of how familiar they are with the source material.
  12. Nov 28, 2021
    80
    Even though it's not far from a skin for Battle Chasers, Ruined King certainly is a good RPG, with a great story and brilliant ost. Definitively a nice way to learn more about Runeterra and the extended universe of Riot's success, League of Legends.
  13. Nov 26, 2021
    80
    Ruined King: A League of Legends Story isn't reinventing the wheel, that's for sure. However, its solid game systems make it quite a recommendable RPG, especially for LoL fans. They will be able to appreciate the reinterpretation of their favorite universe by Airship Syndicate and Joe Madureira. And while we regret a somewhat conventional writing that sometimes lacks subtlety, we appreciate being able to immerse ourselves in the alleys of Bilgewater and the Dark Isles in the company of charismatic champions.
  14. Nov 24, 2021
    80
    After 3 hours, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story becomes enjoyable to play, with combat and exploration phases that flow really well. The balance between "puzzles" and fighting is quite good, and if you add to that a lot of side quests, crafting and lore, you get a game that should please dungeon crawler, turn-based RPG or League of Legends aficionados. On the other hand, the complexity of the combat interface can be a bit daunting, especially at the beginning. Connoisseurs and those who played Battle Chasers Nightwar will not be disoriented and should have a good time.
  15. Nov 23, 2021
    80
    Ruined King: A League Of Legends Story is a passionate love letter to the League Of Legends universe, but that shouldn’t put off anyone looking to explore Runeterra for the first time. Full of compelling characters and a stunning environment, Ruined King is well worth the dive for any RPG fan.
  16. Nov 30, 2021
    75
    Ruined King’s innovative battle system is the highlight of an attractive but unexciting RPG.
  17. Dec 2, 2021
    74
    Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is the first attempt by Riot Games to make LOL more like a role-playing game. Although some of the torturous designs at the UI and enemy distribution significantly reduced my experience, the final quality of the game was quite acceptable, and the story around Ruined King was well complemented. If the developer can follow up in time to solve some annoying problems, I think the game experience will be improved to the next level.
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  1. Nov 23, 2021
    Ruined King is a fun romp through gorgeous environments with a team of likable misfits. Airship Syndicate doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it didn’t need to — Ruined King still manages to serve as a great on-ramp to both League of Legends lore and RPGs in general.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 60
  2. Negative: 10 out of 60
  1. Nov 17, 2021
    10
    Buy without fear and play with pleasure!!! It's a spectacular game for those who already play league of legends or for those who just don'tBuy without fear and play with pleasure!!! It's a spectacular game for those who already play league of legends or for those who just don't like League but still like its universe. The entire adventure will be remarkable and rewarding, a wonderful RPG Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2021
    5
    No idea why people are "honestly" giving a 10. This game has a slew of problems. Pacing, glitches, battle system, lack of an auto-save orNo idea why people are "honestly" giving a 10. This game has a slew of problems. Pacing, glitches, battle system, lack of an auto-save or even a mini-map or just a few of the issues. When it comes down to it the pacing feels way off and game feels like 60-40 / SUPER filler-meaningful content. The battle system also was a nice attempt but the COPY AND PASTED Battle Chasers battle system needs some works and a standard turn based system would have likely felt better. Also WHY THE HELL does the game start with TWO low damage tanks for the FIRST 2 HOURS. a super big turnoff to non-vets of the genre. The huge kudos which are a known staple are amazing voice acting, art and music/sound design. Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2021
    10
    As a good rpg lover feels graced with a sense of nostalgia and satisfaction, the battle system reminds me of FFX. Here it is even better! As aAs a good rpg lover feels graced with a sense of nostalgia and satisfaction, the battle system reminds me of FFX. Here it is even better! As a League of Legends player I feel extremely satisfied with the way the characters's lore and interactions develop, I spent several hours trying to explore everything to the full, performing combinations of fights, items or enchantments.
    It was worth the wait.
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