RemiLore (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Remi is a high school student who is cleaning her library with a broom one day.  But when she dusts off an old book, it starts talking and she panics.  The book, named Lore, is a magical spellbook that transports her to a magical realm infested with robots.  Now it’s up to Remi and the magical book to fight off the horde of mechanical monsters to find the portal so Remi can go back home.  RemiLore is a randomly generated hack and slash dungeon crawler action game, and it’s available to download for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Switch here.

You view the action in a 3-D isometric view, and can make Remi run, dash, use a weapon to attack in real time, and cast spells.  You’ll travel through mazes and rooms that are randomly generated each time you play, and must defeat all the enemies in an area to move on.  Defeated enemies will drop behind dessert treats.  Collect these to increase your ‘dessert points.’  Use your dessert points on the pause screen at anytime to upgrade your attacks, spells, and other things.  Every so often, you’ll run into treasures that contain weapons and shops that also sell weapons as well as refill your health and magic meters.  You’ll use dessert points there, too.  But you can only hold one weapon at a time, and those are random as well, so each playthrough may be a little different.  You can choose to play the game with the story mode, which has a lot of text, or just play through without it in single player or with a friend in co-op.

RemiLore has some problems, though.  Hit detection feels a little off, and the game is very hard right off the bat.  The game is stingy with healing potions and you’ll probably die a lot.  When you do, you can keep your upgrades, but must start over at the last act with your basic broom weapon.  I found that rather annoying and made progression in the game slower and more tedious than fun.  Plus all the game’s voices are all in Japanese, and they like to talk a lot while you play.  There are text boxes to translate what they say, but it’s a little distracting.  Only die-hard dungeon crawler fans will enjoy this one.

Kid Factor:

RemiLore is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, and Language.  You hit robots with silly weapons and they explode when defeated, but that’s it.  The other descriptors are mostly in the text only.  Reading skill is a must for the text, and younger gamers may find the game too difficult.

One Response to “RemiLore (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)”

  1. I like the graphics – makes the characters look like toys – and I like the story. I want to be wisked off to a dungeon crawl while I’m working at the library. I’ll be thinking of that next time I go to work.

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