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Ruin Raiders – Review

Two words for you: Rogue. Like. Ruin Raiders is a fun game that will take you down a path of decisions as you run through the ruins. If you like turn-based strategy games, then look no further! The game lets you play as animals that run through ruins. These aren’t your normal animals either. These are metamorphic gun-toting animals with special abilities. If you’re looking for a simple game with little to no complexity, then this is the game for you!

Awww…he thinks he’s people!

Animals and Abilities

You first start off with a dog, bird, and rhino. Weird combination, I know, but as you progress and upgrade your base you will get more access to animals, each with their own special ability. The dog is the most accurate raider in the game and the rhino is the most durable with its armor. And the bird…is just a bird. Just kidding. From my experience, the bird is OK and allows your raiders to do one more action with its special ability. Another example of abilities is Accurate Shot, which the dog has, which guarantees a hit 100% of the time as long as the target is in range.

Big talk from an animal that has hollow bones.

Gameplay

The game does a good job in exploration and turn-based strategy. It’s similar to Dreamscaper in that you play, die, and do it all over again. As you progress, you can level up your characters and add more tools to your arsenal, be it weapons, perks, or recruiting more animals to your team. Ruin Raiders also lets you utilize the terrain in terms of cover, and depending on the terrain feature it can either be full or half cover.

Your characters also have the ability to blow up barrels which can cause even more damage to your enemies. Once you complete one set of ruins, you must then face the floor boss. Make sure to bring a lot of health packs because you’re going to need them as the game is difficult enough that you should have a strategy to make sure that you get to the next level.

Upgrades, baby!

Overall

Ruin Raiders is a blast to play and quite enjoyable. In my opinion, there’s nothing that plays quite as great as a well-made rogue-like turn-based strategy game. And the best thing about rogue-like games is the replay value. Not much of a storyline, just the simple mission of trying to get to the next level. The game is also rather affordable. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy until another big release like Metroid Prime Dread, then this game should just fill that slot. So, are you ready to storm some ruins?

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