Published on April 14th, 2016 | by Gary Mullen0
Review: Letter Quest Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Bacon Bandit Games have brought Letter Quest Grimm’s Journey Remastered to Xbox One, PS4 and PS Vita. A game which could be considered as an educational style as you score hit points by spelling words from a range of letters that you are given. The longer the word the more hit points you strike with (with some of the letters worth more points such as Z and Q). Perhaps you can compare it to Scrabble or Quarrel style of gameplay.
The game comes with two modes, story mode and endless mode. Story mode consists of 40 levels and each level comes with 4 difficulty levels. The first level is just a simple mode, the second mode is timed based, the third mode has tougher baddies and the fourth mode is the super hard mode. You need to do each of the modes separately (i.e. even if you are faster than the set time in mode 1 it wont give you the second star). The second type is endless mode which basically does what it says on the tin, you keep playing until you die.
One thing to note with regards to the story mode is that its not really a story, there’s no real plot to this game apart from playing through all of the levels. In all honesty I don’t think this makes any difference as nothing would be gained from a plot to this style of game.
Some levels you find yourself having to think outside of the box. You may find an enemy that can only be hurt by 4 letter words or words longer then 6 letters. In many ways I found the 4 letter challenges harder then the longer word ones, mainly down to the fact you needed to really think what word you could create using the Z, X or Q as these carried more points than simple words like ‘door’ for example. There is bonus letter that appears every so often called crystal letters and when you use those letters in your word you get a bonus (such as a shield for 3 turns); however there are also what I would call anti bonus letter when an enemy attaches a negative feature to them such as to poison you if you use them or will rotate them so the letter is upside down.
When you defeat an enemy or complete a level you are rewarded with experience points and gems that could be used to upgrade your player. Obviously as you go through the game the baddies become harder so you need to make your player stronger by using the gems that you have earned. You can update your players key components such as a better weapon or stronger armour. As you progress through the levels more and more sections of the store becomes unlocked for you to buy things with your gems. You also have experience points which are used in the book section of the store to level up the books you are holding. You have to pay upfront for the books and can hold 3 of them at any time, the bonus from them such as extra health will level up to give a greater bonus as you level them up.
Controls on this game are really simply, there’s 3 rows of characters that appear for you create your word, when you have created a valid word then it will show that you can submit it. If this word is not valid then the submit button is greyed out. Before you submit your valid word you can also hit left trigger and it will give you a dictionary definition of what that word is, which takes me to a very sensitive point for us in the UK. This game accepts American spelling, such as Color instead of Colour, I could not find a way to force it to use a UK dictionary and reject American words which would have been a good feature.
I really did like the graphics of this game, its not realistic but its not trying to be realistic. The game is perhaps aiming at a younger or older audience, it may not hit the core gamers who are sitting playing Call of Duty or Halo. The only way to really describe the graphics is a 2D, very colourful and dungeon crawler background. The main map has a feeling of Candycrush, Mega Coin Squad or Mario Word, you get each of the levels and they all link up.
When I first played this game I was not sure what I was going to think and to be totally honest I am still not sure. It was an enjoyable game but I don’t find myself wanting to shout about how great a game it was. If you are looking for a game to kill a few hours or enjoy word puzzle games then this is a good game for you. If you are Halo or Call of Duty mad then it may not be a game for you. It does have a great selling point for parents, its a fun way for children learning words as you can pull up definitions of the words when you create them and giving the culture we are in where many parents are very cautious of what games their children can play, this could be seen as a very positive game as with even killing off the computer players it not done in a violent way.