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  • Summary: LONE RUIN is a spell-based roguelike twin-stick shooter with a focus on replayability. Play as an explorer who seeks a mysterious ancient power and venture in a ruined magical city, built atop a source of magic used by olden mages to power and transform themselves.
     
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    LONE RUIN is a spell-based roguelike twin-stick shooter with a focus on replayability. Play as an explorer who seeks a mysterious ancient power and venture in a ruined magical city, built atop a source of magic used by olden mages to power and transform themselves.
     
    Dive deeper and deeper, battling your way through twisted creatures, utilising your very own magic abilities to ultimately reach the center of the Lone Ruin.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 11, 2023
    90
    Lone Ruin will test your patience, but let’s all be grateful the arcade action comes without the arcade cost. The “just one more try” gameplay benefits greatly from the snappy load screens and menus, even on the Nintendo Switch version, making it easier to recommend this brutally difficult and magical indie hit from Super Rare Games.
  2. Jan 17, 2023
    80
    Whilst it may be pleasing to the visual and audio senses, Lone Ruin balances out that pleasant feeling with fair challenge. A roguelike in the traditional sense, it offers that “one more run” gameplay for anyone that feels like they can do it better next time.
  3. Jan 30, 2023
    80
    Overall, Lone Ruin is a tough twin-stick shooter that hits the spot. The runs are quick and satisfying, with leaderboards and multiple weapons to encourage replay. It looks great and plays smoothly; just don’t get too comfortable because it will all be over soon. Until you play again.
  4. Jan 11, 2023
    70
    Those of you who just want a straight, no-nonsense twin-stick shooter will find a lot to love about Lone Ruin, while those looking for a more ambitious project may want to look elsewhere. Tight controls, dark aesthetics, tough-but-fair gameplay, and a diverse collection of weapons and upgrades all come together to make this one a worthwhile purchase, with the caveat that it's also about as basic as a twin-stick shooter can get, which limits its staying power somewhat. We’d give Lone Ruin a light recommendation for anyone who considers themselves a twin-stick fan, though this may perhaps be one to wait for a sale.
  5. Jan 11, 2023
    70
    While Lone Ruin is currently sparse on content, there’s some solid gameplay foundations here that could be built upon in the future.
  6. Jan 16, 2023
    69
    Lone Ruin is a spell-based roguelike twin-stick shooter with a focus on replayability, but it doesn't always deliver on its promises.
  7. Jan 11, 2023
    50
    While the ingredients for a compelling roguelite are here, Lone Ruin opts for a straightforward roguelike experience that shines a spotlight on its relative lack of content. Shame, because it is fun and if they’d given me a reason to keep playing it, I would have.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 13, 2023
    8
    Good-
    Detailed setting; Intense combat; Awesome selection of upgradeable spells; Great boss fights.
    Bad- Level design is occasionally
    Good-
    Detailed setting; Intense combat; Awesome selection of upgradeable spells; Great boss fights.

    Bad-
    Level design is occasionally inconvenient; Slight lack of content.

    Thoughts-
    Overall, Lone Ruin has the makings of the next great indie roguelike hit. It feels just as polished and fun as something like Dead Cells, just with much less content. That is something that is easy enough to remedy over time, and it’s definitely worth seeing where Cuddle Monster Games takes this one.
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  2. Jan 16, 2023
    7
    "Twinstick roguelikes aren’t usually my cup of tea, and Lone Ruin certainly doesn’t offer that much to make itself stand out from the games"Twinstick roguelikes aren’t usually my cup of tea, and Lone Ruin certainly doesn’t offer that much to make itself stand out from the games that inspired it. However, the beautiful visuals and tight controls are what kept me hooked. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced roguelike that offers quick paced fun, you could do far worse than Lone Ruin."

    https://theeliteinstitute.net/2023/01/16/lone-ruin/
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