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Red Ronin (2021) is an action dash-and-slash game where a bloodthirsty ronin and her computer companion are out for revenge. Play is a series of turn-based decisions about which direction to dash or attack next. It stands out for its gory fights that feel surprisingly fast-paced for a turn-based game.

After a betrayal, Red sets out with her companion bot to take revenge on those who left her behind. One by one, turn by turn, she aims to kill them all. You move your character around the grid-based levels aiming to take down each enemy character in your way. The catch is that you can only dash until you hit an obstacle and if there's an enemy next to you when you stop, they kill you.

As you progress you learn how to traverse the stages without getting killed. The enemies only move and attack when you move. The game turns into more of a puzzle than a combat challenge. Dealing with enemies that need more than one hit, or avoiding traps all adds to the puzzle. You can pick up some special abilities that help, like rewinding time for double attacks, but really this is a brain game you solve by tactical thinking.

The result is a gory game that challenges your brain as much as your reactions.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Red Ronin 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 minutes and 6 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence. While there are some moderate blood effects and some enemies are seen to be sliced in half or decapitated, the violence is shown from a distance and the visuals have a simple pixel-art style. Therefore, the violence and any associated injuries are neither visually detailed nor realistic looking. The PEGI criteria at 16 state that there may be “Depictions of arcade-style … action showing violence containing blood or gore” and that “Arcade style action refers mostly to 2D effect depictions where the characters move left and right to attack each other”. The violence is insufficiently strong, visually detailed, or realistic to meet the PEGI 18 criteria for gross violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Violence.
The game's combat is frequently violent and consists in slicing people apart so, may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Skill Level

10+ 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. Players need to be able to think ahead and cope with multiple systems at the same time. The geographically strategic aspect of the game is made less pressured because it's turn-based.


Red Ronin usually costs £5.79.

Red Ronin

Steam Store PC £5.79
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/03/2021, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting, Traversal (Action and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Pixels

Developer: Thi O Oliveira (@Thi_O_Oliveira)

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