[PS Vita Review] Heroes of Loot
Fun and deadly!8.5
Heroes of Loot is a clever portable dungeon crawler that condenses the experience into short burst of gaming that can be expanded to last longer as you upgrade your character and learn what you should and should not do in order to survive in the randomly generated floors you’ll traverse as you aim at getting as much loot as possible without being killed by the deadly monsters that inhabit the dark corners of the game.
Heroes of Loot combines the action of twin-stick shooters with the dungeon crawling of rogue-likes. You’ll find yourself in the middle of hordes of ghosts, skulls, cyclops, critters and much more.. survive using quick reflexes, level up to improve your weapon, and if you have time complete some quests for extra loot and upgrades.
There are various secrets to uncover, hidden rooms full of special items to find, and perma-items to find and collect for extra power.
So, how deep into the dungeon can you go?
As you go deeper into the dungeon, the difficulty scales accordingly, sending new and deadlier enemies to end your existence. You need to take small steps at first unless you like running into huge groups of monsters that can kill you in two seconds. The first handful of levels will be spent leveling up the hero you’ve selected and getting a feel for how much damage each monster deals and how powerful your hero needs to be to stand a chance.
The more enemies you defeat, the more experience points you’ll get, and the more powerful your hero will get. What used to be small and weak attacks will turn into large and devastatingly damaging weapons of destruction, but your enemies will also learn a few tricks here and there as you go. You’ll also run into large monsters that are more powerful than the regular variety of monsters and apparitions at hand, and you must outsmart them if you want to stay in one piece. Just remember that corners are your friends, and that if you’re good, enough you’ll manage to trap the larger monsters there for a second or two, and that is all you need to deal some massive damage or to escape to fight another day.
During your adventure, you’ll run into shops where you can spend your hard-earned gold to heal your wounds or purchase magical items that can make a huge difference. There’s one particular item that is rather expensive, but that will save your life more than once: a cup that will allow you to use the wells you find around the dungeon to heal your wounds!
On top of that, you’ll find secret rooms full of magical treasures and lots of gold and experience, allowing you to level up in an instant and gain the upper hand on the monsters. You should also be on the lookout for rooms where you’ll be given a challenge that you must complete within a time limit. If you succeed, you’ll be rewarded, and if you fail, well, you can just find another room to be given a new challenge and give it another go.
The trophy list for Heroes of Loot is not too demanding, and it is varied enough to keep you engaged. I managed to unlock all trophies after around 4 hours of playing, but even after that final trophy popped up I continued to play for several hours (during short 5-20 minutes gaming sessions) to unlock extra characters and to power-up the heroes (there are special items you can find during each run if you can manage to go deep enough into the dungeon, and said items will be very useful during future runs).
All in all, Heroes of Loot is a very fun dungeon crawler that will always keep you on high alert due to the aggressive nature of its monsters and a large number of fiends you’ll run into. It is great for short or long gaming sessions, and it always keeps me coming back for “just one more run” over and over again, as I’m sure it will do for you.