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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Loot River (2022) is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

As you progress you encounter beasts, lost travellers and big bosses. To help you, you can gain new weapons and gear along with character upgrades. This double challenge, of fighting and tile sliding, can be jarring at first. With time, however, the two aspects of the game work together.

This enables you to find you own path through ancient abandoned fortress, choosing how and when to encounter the beasts. You develop your character in different ways but also learn to use the tile-sliding to affect these fights. These cosmic grottos offer a wealth of new weapons and gear to discover, as well as unholy knowledge to unearth for permanent upgrades.

Each time you play your journey is different. You can draw on other players runs, discovering their lost souls and devouring them to absorb the knowledge of their fellow travellers. It's a beautiful, hand crafted game with fluid animations with a combination of puzzles and action not found elsewhere.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Loot River 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. To see everything including both endings could take you 12 hours. It would take even longer to see every item.

BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood.
Ratings taken from Loot River Demo on Xbox.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to cope with the combination of tile movement and combat skill. Good spacial thinking will help enjoyment of the game.

CostsCosts

Loot River usually costs £19.99.
 

Loot River

Steam Store PC £19.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/05/2022

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Straka Studio (@Straka_Studio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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