Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption looks like your typical Adventure point and click game. However it is far more than it initially seems. Here is our review of Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption for the Nintendo Switch.
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption at first glance seems like an Adventure game with its point and click movement and multiple dialogue/choice options. The more you play Hero-U though, the more you realize that its a simulation game with adventure and rpg elements.
Hero-U stars Shawn, a thief who is recruited into a school for heroes. The choices you make will determine what Shawn does in the school and how well he does. Each day at the school is similar to a Harvest Moon day where time moves quickly. Hero-U’s story slowly unravels much like Harvest Moon or Rune Factory’s story.
Like a Harvest Moon game, you’ll have certain tasks you will have the option of doing each day. There are some interesting characters to interact with and you can do things like hunt rats and study in the library. The simulation aspect, like Harvest Moon, can feel a bit repetitive at times but if you enjoy Harvest Moon’s progression of events, than you will most likely enjoy Hero U’s take.
As noted earlier, the movement and choices in the game are very much like an Adventure game. There are occasionally multiple options to a problem and the wrong choice can lead to the sudden end of the game! There other interesting choices that add to the story and take it in different directions. The Adventure part of the game is really good. It also has a nice rpg element.
In an rpg, you equip items and then get into combat. In Hero-U, you equip items and can go into the basement to hunt rats. The combat is turn-based and you can use the buttons or the touch screen to select attack, move, defend, item, or flee.
Hero-U is much like a PC game in that you have a pointer to direct movement and select choices. You can also use the touch screen, though we preferred using the buttons and analog stick.
It would have been easier if you could have used the analog stick to walk the main character around instead of having to use a pointer to direct the movement. It is a bit cumbersome. Though if you find yourself enjoying the game, you’ll get use to it.
Hero-U is also a very good looking game. It will remind many of you of King’s Quest at its best. That shouldn’t surprise anyone given that the game was developed by King’s Quest vets. Hero U’s regular graphics are very reminiscent of the Adventure game classic. It also has occasional static images that will remind Adventure fans of covers of old games of the genre.
There is no voice acting in Hero-U though, which seems like a missed opportunity. This game would’ve been perfect for voice acting! The sound and music are otherwise alright but nothing special. The game itself, however, is a very unique.
Hero-U’s blend of sim, Adventure, and rpg won’t appeal to everyone. Fans of those genres will find a pretty deep experience with a lot of things to do. It can feel a bit repetitive at times but if like Adventure, sims, and rpgs, then this game will be one you’ll want to check out.
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption gets an 8.5 out of 10.
Thanks to Transolar for providing a digital code for this review. Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!