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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Loop Hero (2021) is a dungeon-exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you are tasked with playing cards to create a level that is hard enough to be rewarding without killing your hero character. This combination of card game, dungeon exploration and repeating adventure makes it unique and intriguing to play.

It's set after the world has ended. You wake up in a small camp and set out to rebuild things during a series of expeditions. Each expedition starts on a looped path in an empty landscape. Your character automatically moves around the loop, fighting enemies he encounters. You take damage from these encounters but regain health each day and each time you complete a loop.

At any point, you can switch to planning mode to equip armour and place cards that you earn by killing enemies. This is the main way you affect the success or failure of each run. By playing mountain, meadow, forest and building cards you offer your hero different benefits. But you also need to be careful as these biomes can also spawn new enemies.

Careful placing of terrain features next to each other modifies their effect. For example, placing lots of mountains together provides additional health but also spawns new enemies. You also gain equipment from slain enemies that increase your attack, defence, health regeneration, and other attributes.

What starts as a super simple dungeon exploration soon evolves into a complex combination of selecting the right cards for your next run, and then placing the correct combination of cards next to each other to maximise their benefits.

You make your way around the path until you reach the end of the loop. Here you have the option to retreat back to your base with all your loot, or carry on and risk losing much of it if you die. Either way, you soon end up back at base you can use collected resources to build new structures offering better food and weapons.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Loop Hero 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Sequencing and Strategy game with Brain Game, Collecting, Fighting and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Each expedition varies in length depending on how well you do.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Experience and Skill as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language and scenes of a sexual nature. This game includes use of bad language, including '*!@?*'. There is also some comic sexual innuendo, including a line of dialogue about a man having to say goodbye to his tomatoes if he sticks a carrot in another woman. Human and fantasy characters take it in turns to hit each other using swords and medieval weapons. When characters are defeated, they simply fall to the ground and there is no blood or gore. The visuals are highly stylised.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
Although there is violence and characters react to getting hit, the pixilated graphics do not have blood. Bodies do fall to the floor when killed and remain there until the end of the battle.

You can create areas on the map called Blood Grove, spawn Vampires, Fields of Blades and Skeletons.

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. Although the 8-bit graphics may put off some children, the core looping mechanic is simple enough for youngsters to enjoy. They often warm to the power they have to make the hero's life easier or harder. Older players enjoy perfecting each run and researching the varied combinations of each card.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Loop Hero usually costs £12.79.
 

Loop Hero

Steam Store PC £12.79
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing, Strategy (Brain Game, Collecting, Fighting and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels

Developer: F Qteam (@_FQteam)


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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