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  • Summary: Children of Morta is a narrative-based roguelike hack’n slash game for PC, Mac and Linux which will involve you in the adventures of a family.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    Children of Morta is one of the most wonderful surprises of 2019, and it needs to be on your radar. The progression system and unlockables mean that even an unsuccessful 20-minute run will yield tangible growth to make the next run easier. Those who aren’t wholly into rogue-lites, like me, will still enjoy the variety and action of the gameplay. Better still, it’s impossible not to be captivated by the Bergson family’s struggle for survival and togetherness against a formidable evil. A two-player co-op option is the cherry on top of this exquisitely-crafted experience. However you choose to go through it, Children of Morta is an absolute must-play.
  2. 85
    Since it’s polished in almost every regard with its gameplay and presentation, it’s possible Children of Morta would’ve benefited from a more focused design direction rather than a rogue-lite dungeon-crawling experience. Nevertheless, in a sea of games for the rogue-lite genre, it’s refreshing to see developers do something unique and tell a meaningful story. The emotional heights that the game reaches goes farther than many narrative-focused games. If you’re looking for a story-driven ARPG, then Children of Morta needs to be at the top of your list.
  3. Nov 18, 2019
    81
    Between the dungeon size, the bite-size story chunks, and the clear objectives, this is a game meant for picking up at a moment’s notice. Ultimately, players torn between this version and a home console one are choosing either function or form. Dedicated Switch gamers, on the other hand, would be fools to pass this one up.
  4. Nov 19, 2019
    80
    Children Of Morta is a nice, story-driven action RPG that plays very well on the Nintendo Switch, especially in undocked mode. The hurdle is getting past the pixel art graphics. You'll either not like them, and skip over this game, or embrace them and be treated to a hefty action RPG and story-driven experience.
  5. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    Children of Morta is a gem of a roguelike that often behaves like an action RPG and with its exquisite art style, simple but fun combat system and enormous variety of customization and character experimentation, it makes for a marvelous game that gets its job done in a very satisfying way. On top of that, it even features a wonderful co-op component.
  6. Nov 20, 2019
    79
    Roguelite RPG, that invites you not only with its coop-option, but also the charming pixel design and the well constructed story. Technical issues, loading times and a high grind-factor provide a setback, though.
  7. Nov 18, 2019
    70
    It may not quite hit the highs of the likes of Hyper Light Drifter or Dead Cells, but it's not far off and its zippy dungeon runs and slices of family drama feel like a perfect fit for Nintendo's portable console. If you're a fan of the genre this is certainly an addition to the Switch's library that's well worth checking out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    Nice pixelated graphics, if you love the messenger, dead cell & hyperlight drifter then by all means buy this game. Great on switch. Won'tNice pixelated graphics, if you love the messenger, dead cell & hyperlight drifter then by all means buy this game. Great on switch. Won't regret your purchase. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2020
    10
    11 bit does it again! Do you like diablo? If yes then this game is for you. The graphics look beautiful. The story is interesting and the11 bit does it again! Do you like diablo? If yes then this game is for you. The graphics look beautiful. The story is interesting and the music/voice acting is great. A game I find very easy to sink time into. Plus I found a physical copy for only $15!!! Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    Just completed this for the first time. Absolutely stunning story arc, the most beautiful pixel art I’ve seen and a fanatically rewardingJust completed this for the first time. Absolutely stunning story arc, the most beautiful pixel art I’ve seen and a fanatically rewarding upgrade system make this one of my absolute favourite switch games. I can’t wait to see what this team does next. A sequel hopefully! Expand
  4. Dec 22, 2019
    8
    I love this game, extremely rewarding gameplay loops and quick action. Minus points for long load times and random audio glitches crashes, butI love this game, extremely rewarding gameplay loops and quick action. Minus points for long load times and random audio glitches crashes, but from what I've read those problems exist on other platforms. Glad I bought it on the Switch instead of PS4, it's nice to be able to jump into a game quickly and it looks great in portable mode Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2021
    8
    There's a lot to like about this game, even though it has its flaws. Good things first - the interacting dynamic between all the playableThere's a lot to like about this game, even though it has its flaws. Good things first - the interacting dynamic between all the playable characters are nice, they all have quite diverse combat techniques and abilities, and the game does reward you for switching up who you use in a good way. The characters feel relatively balanced as well. Art style is for the most part lovely, although can feel a bit cramped on a small screen at times, which makes the text hard to read and some items hard to identify. All roguelite mechanics are well implemented, I think - makes for a balanced and interesting game loop.

    Now, for the not so great parts. Although the story by and large adds to the experience of the game, and makes it interesting - the writing or storytelling is just downright cheesy and cringe-worthy. It's so pompous at times, and clearly written by someone who wants their writing to sound a bit more grandiose than what they've got talent for. Ouch, that sounds mean - but it's not of great importance to the overall feel of the game, thankfully. I also wish enemies were more varied - the basically just come crashing at you, have a bit of a varied approach to how they attack you, but you don't really need to play very strategically to take them down - usually it's just a case of being strong enough, go head on, and dash away if you're outnumbered. It's also a bit too easy to just run away from the hordes - and you can actually run to these safe rooms, and snipe enemies through the door - which is quite an easy way of cheesing through the harder levels.

    All in all though, a good game well worth playing, and I would recommend fans of roguelites to pick this one up.
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  6. Jan 14, 2020
    7
    One of the most stunning looking pix-elated games i have ever played.

    The story line is great and written to perfection . The random
    One of the most stunning looking pix-elated games i have ever played.

    The story line is great and written to perfection . The random instances in dungeons where you meet travelers add to the exploration of dungeons.

    But at the end it all feels repetitive .

    You are forced to play with every character, for me this is a now go. I generally tend to stay with one char, this is not a game breaker though.

    The fighting is fun and intense.
    Currently it has a bug on the switch when a lot of enemies is on the screen the sound will start lagging and after the level is complete the game will crash, loosing all progress.

    Fun Game, stunning pixels but repetitive.
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  7. Nov 22, 2019
    2
    Low framerate, regular crashes. I'm tired of those "indie ports" that come out half baked on Switch and never get patched.

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