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LETTER QUEST: GRIMM’S JOURNEY Review: A Voweling Good Time

Scrabble isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. For some, it’s a dreadful bore. What if the same general idea, however–using letter tiles to make words–was used in a role-playing game? Imagine a universe in which simple words could annihilate monsters. That’s Letter Quest, a, er, Scrabble-like from two-man indie studio Bacon Bandit Games.

Story

The premise is pretty simple, and the story virtually non-existent. The player takes the role of Grimm, a little reaper on a quest for pizza. You acquire tidbits of the story throughout the game in the form of small comic pages that can also be read later on. That’s definitely not the meat of the game, even though it is silly and quite cute. As Grimm, you travel through spooky locals, such as a graveyard, a forbidden forest, and crystal caverns, thwarting devilish beasts.

Gameplay

Though there’s technically forty levels to conquer, there’s so much more to the game than that. Once the main objective of each level is completed–destroy all the monsters–the player can replay those levels on three more Challenge modes.

The second Challenge mode is basically always finishing the level within a time limit, but the third mixes it up with some unique requirements. Perhaps certain letters will be banned, or a monster only takes damage from words of a certain letter count.

These Challenges can get pretty tricky, but they’re still nothing compared to the fourth, which provide Crystal Stars when beaten. Monsters become fiendishly hard to defeat, dishing out major damage.

These Challenges can seem impossible, but that’s where the role-playing elements and all the further additions come into the game. Letter Quest starts the player off with plain, basic tiles, but variations are quickly added. Tiles can become poisonous and inflict damage to Grimm when used, or they can become infected with a plague that reduces the amount of damage they cause to the monsters. They can also become flipped, crystallized, duplicated, and so on.

Source: Baconbanditgames.com

Source: Baconbanditgames.com

The tile conditions can be used to your advantage, adding more strategy to the game beyond trying to come up with large words. The game also provides the player with seventy Quests, the typical smaller objectives seen in mobile games that encourage the player to try to achieve particular goals for rewards. These are actually pretty fun and another feature that can have you revisiting previous levels and taking entertaining risks.

There’s also tons of upgrades available to you, such as different versions of Grimm’s little scythe that provide certain buffs, as well as equippable books, potions, and other special items.

Eventually, the player can also unlock other characters to play as, and colorful tile sets beyond the initial black and white ones (there’s even a tongue-in-cheek reference to Words With Friends not-so-subtly hidden in there).

Usually, the trappings of RPGs turn me off to a game. Having to go back to previous levels just to grind up until your character is strong enough to beat that one tough boss feels like such a chore. However, that really didn’t seem like the case with Letter Quest, at least most of the time.

Overall

At the end of the day, the light horror theme, though cute and charming, is just window dressing on a solid, enjoyable core game. It’s built for any level of player, with very unobtrusive tutorials that let you jump right in. So revisiting beaten levels can be just as fun, as long as you don’t go too far back (that is, unless, you think you can finally take on that Crystal Star challenge!). Otherwise, it really gets too easy and can get boring.

If you’re just biting at the bit to organize letters into words, Letter Quest is both fun and a total steal, honestly. For five dollars, you get the game (and a Steam Key is the game gets Greenlit), the soundtrack, wallpapers, and avatars. There’s also a Super Supporter bundle which lets players create their own word to be included in the game’s dictionary, and a free demo with exportable saves.

3.5 out of 5 stars

3.5 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

Featured Image Source: BaconBanditGames.com

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Author:Rito

Professional grump. Writes media criticism at WURRWALF.net. Whines on Twitter a lot. Likes rice.

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