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Riverbond - Reveal Trailer
Positive: 0 out of 1
Mixed: 1 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Jun 18, 2019Despite the absence of needed features, despite its lack of replay value, and despite the fact that it’s not all that difficult, there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had in Riverbond. Not only is the game accessible, charming, and unique, but it sports a fair bit of diversity as far as its gameplay is concerned, and manages to spread it well across its handful of varied, gorgeously designed worlds. It’s just a shame it falls short of the mark elsewhere.
Jun 17, 2019My daughter and I were looking for a couch co-op game to play last weekend, and Riverbond was a new release at XBox Gamepass. We had no ideaMy daughter and I were looking for a couch co-op game to play last weekend, and Riverbond was a new release at XBox Gamepass. We had no idea what to expect, but the stylish voxel look of the game appealed to us, and so we gave it a try.
What a pleasant surprise! In a word, the game is just fun. Riverbond is basically a dungeon crawler that supports 1-4 players. There are 8 quests in total, and each is divided into 5 or 6 smaller pieces with a basic task to complete in each and a boss at the end. Along the way, there are skins to unlock and new weapons to find. Pretty basic stuff.
But while the structure is fairly standard, it's style & whimsy sets Riverbond apart. For starters, the environments are brilliantly crafted and are a joy to explore and ultimately, to destroy. Plants, buildings and furniture all explode in a shower of voxels, an effect that never got old, especially when you defeat an end boss. Beyond the cosmetics, a wonderful & quirky sense of humor envelopes the whole game. From the skins that you unlock, to the unique weapons (squid on a stick!) in each level, to the dialog with the characters you speak to along the way, Riverbond is playful and whimsical throughout.
Combat is easy to pick up. Each character is identical in terms of their playability, but you can customize your attack style with different weapons that you find. The combat system is designed to be fast & fun, rather than super-challenging. There are certainly enemies that are harder to defeat than others, but you can easily get by defeating weaker enemies by mashing your melee weapon, and tougher enemies & bosses can be dispatched with a combination of a projectile weapon and some well-timed dodging. The low difficulty curve makes Riverbond very accessible, however, and it's an easy game to pick up with a friend (or daughter, in my case) for a few hours of dungeon romping.
Any criticisms I have are minor. There is not a lot of variety in enemy styles. End bosses all basically play the same way, and lower level baddies follow the same general patterns on each level. It's also a very quick playthrough (4-5 hours) without much incentive to replay. Even having some high score boards, or end-game challenges would be nice additions.
But those are minor quibbles. This is a FUN, gorgeous game, and well worth a few hours of anyone's time.… Expand
Jun 17, 2019I had a lot of fun playing this game. Sure it wasn’t the most difficult at all but that’s it’s charm. If I was looking to play this withI had a lot of fun playing this game. Sure it wasn’t the most difficult at all but that’s it’s charm. If I was looking to play this with anyone to young to understand the mechanics of diablo 3 or any other dungeon crawler then this is perfect. If you die then you don’t have to start all over. There’s no penalty for dying. You get an objective every level and do it and move on. Pretty simple and straightforward. If achievements or trophies are your thing. Then it’s pretty easy to blaze through this game and get them fast. The difficulty might turn off the hardcores but with a name like riverbond..what did you expect. I got it for free on Xbox gamepass so it didn’t hurt me to try it and it was fun. Is it the type of game you buy. Depends. If you have kids, a girlfriend or wife then sure..it’s pretty pick up and play. But if you’ve played roguelikes or harder dungeon crawlers then you might want to stray away from this one but if you got gamepass then give it a try.… Expand
Jun 13, 2019Riverbond's presentation does a nice job of fitting in with the gameplay and I definitely found both the graphics and sound design to containRiverbond's presentation does a nice job of fitting in with the gameplay and I definitely found both the graphics and sound design to contain charm that accompanied the game. Riverbond was an E3 surprise releases which meant I didn’t know any specific details about it before playing. At first I found the game to look a bit Minecraft, which made me a bit cautious. I found the gameplay decent but not overly deep and slightly repetitive at the onset. The largest downfall to the fun that's present is the game can be completed rather quickly, and I was a little disappointed with the amount of content that was present because I did expect a longer journey due to Riverbond’s price of admission. At least the content that is available is fun to complete and even though there wasn’t much of a challenge to the gameplay there was enough variety present to make me forget about Riverbond's issues. The presentation side of the game is good despite my original fear of a Minecraft experience. Its presentation and charm I found in Riverbond, in a way brings the game to life and this does make things that little bit more enjoyable. Riverbond is a game that uses simplistic controls and challenges to bring you a bit of fun and an overall relaxing experience. If however you’re looking for an action-packed experience with plenty of challenges then this game won’t be for you. Despite the lack of overall challenge Riverbond gets quite a bit right, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, what's there is enjoyable, the journey just doesn't last as long as I would have liked.… Expand