I wasn’t sure what to make of RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore when I first loaded it up. But after sitting down with it for a while, I found myself getting lost in the wacky (and I do mean Wacky) hack-and-slash action that makes for some perfect, portable fun on the Nintendo Switch.
The story follows the life of Remi, a young high school student who has to clean the school library. Of course in the world of video games, a simple task such as this is never simple, as she accidentally awakens a book of spells that’s alive named Lore. If that wasn’t enough to freak Remi out, Lore then proceeds to teleport both of them to the magical world of Ragnoah, and it’s up to them to fight off the forces of evil that are trying to take over the land, which may lead to a way home for our heroine.
If you’re wondering why I stressed the word “wacky” earlier, it’s because the game is just that. Anytime you play a hack-and-slash title where you can use candy and Pocky as weapons, “wacky” is usually what comes to mind. The controls are simple and solid, with buttons for light and heavy attacks, one for a special attack, and a dash button for zipping over gaps or getting by baddies. Once you get a feel for the controls, stringing together some combos using the light and heavy attacks feels great along with tossing in a special ability in every now and then as you fight your way through different levels and some boss battles here and there.
There are some RPG aspects thrown in for good measure, as you can loot weapons and gear with stats for your health, magic abilities, and more. You can easily get lost in customizing Remi with all sorts of spells and combos to fit your playstyle. Equipping yourself properly tends to come in handy, especially since the game like to randomly generate levels for you to play on whenever you start or die and return to them.
Sadly this also has its flaws, as with most games with loot, this one also has the dreaded RNG (random number generator) loot system, meaning you’ll be seeing the same pieces of equipment over and over as you do your best to grind for the best gear. It can drag the game and its pace down a bit, but I’m fairly used to it (thanks to Diablo, WoW, etc) and still had a good time playing. I also enjoyed the simple graphics which also ensure a sweet framerate, and the music isn’t half-bad either along with some voiced parts here and there.
If you’re looking for a different take on the hack-and-slash formula and want to play it on the go with the Nintendo Switch, you can’t go wrong with RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore. It has just the right amount of weirdness and fun to keep things interesting, and enough RNG madness to ensure you’ll keep coming back for the gear and crazy levels.