Game Title: Letter Quest Remastered
Developed By: Bacon Bandit
Published By: Digerati
Released: November 23, 2017
Available On: Android, Apple, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One.
Genre: Puzzle, RPG
ESRB Rating: Everyone for Mild Fantasy Violence
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you to Digerati for the review copy of this game!
I enjoy lots of different games, but one type of game I just plain suck at is word games. There is nothing like a game letting you know how bad your vocabulary is. From Scrabble to the casual Words with Friends, I am just no good. Often, I would call my wife into the room to help me find words, and in turn she fell in love with the game and downloaded it on her iPhone. The upside is that the more I played Letter Quest Remastered the more my vocabulary grew. Letter Quest Remastered is a unique puzzle game with RPG elements. It’s the RPG hooks that kept me coming back for more puzzle action.
When you launch the game and select a save file, the menu gives a few options. The meat of the game is found in the story mode. It is a simple story, not very detailed, and that is okay. I do not expect a word puzzle game to have a top-notch story. After a brief cut scene, you are taken to a map. On the map are levels, and you will notice that each level has three yellow stars, and one red star to collect. Gameplay consists of your character moving to an enemy and then he stops to battle it. Spelling out words is what damages the monster. It is a turn-based battle, after you attack, the monster attacks. You are given fifteen letter tiles to make words. Each time you spell a word, new tiles replace the ones you take. You can also get new letters and forfeit an attack. What makes this game so great is that there is generally no time limit. You can just sit there, and rack your brain for words like I did, without any pressure. I cannot thank the developers enough for this feature. How much damage your attack does correlates to the bronze, sliver or gold rating each letter has. Using letter tiles that have a higher rating deal out more damage. It is in your best interest to spell the longest word you can using the highest rated letter tiles for maximum damage. The combat is broken up by wandering merchants that you can buy items from, a gem pile, or even a treasure chest. To open the treasure chest, you must guess the missing word that is displayed by choosing different letters in the alphabet, but you only have nine guesses. You do not lose a guess though if you guess a letter correctly. If you can’t solve the word you win nothing, but if you do solve it, you are rewarded with a buff, like a shield or bacon to restore your health. Now this is all straight forward but the game gets more complicated the further you progress. Monsters will have attacks that affect the letter tiles. Some of the affects are poison tiles, cracked tiles, tornado tiles, upside down tiles, and stone tiles to name a few. As your progress in the game, enemies increase in difficulty where they can do high damage and even have special conditions, like only 4 letter words do damage. Besides just the normal levels there are hard levels and boss levels. You might be tempted to think that the stars have to do with how well you complete a level, but you would be wrong. Each star of every level is a different way to play that level. The first star is defeating all the monsters, the second is beating the level in a certain amount of time, the third is a special challenge level where monsters will have more health or do more damage and the last star is a crystal star challenge where all monsters have special conditions and are elite. All these add huge replay value across the forty stages. Speaking of replay value, you can also play an endless mode where you select your character, weapon, tile set, location and music. You have a good amount of health and each enemy defeated earns you gold to spend on the merchant every few monsters. You try to last as long as you can and is a great way to change up the normal gameplay.
In the story mode the currency you use are gems. You earn these gems by defeating enemies, breaking gem piles, beating a level, or completing quests. There are seventy quests for you to do and each one gives a fair number of gems. Some examples of quests are: defeat a mini boss, use five plague tiles, or use the shield bonus effect three times to name a few. If a quest is giving you trouble you can always skip it to get the next quest. Gems are used to enhance your character in several ways. There are upgrades where you can increase your overall health, attack damage, armor etc. The book store gives you different abilities like when you spell a word with double letters you do twenty percent more damage. You can equip up to three books to use as you battle monsters. These books gain experience each time you fulfill its conditions. Each time the book levels up the effect of the book increases. Potions are another thing to spend gems on that can help you complete a level. You can spend gems on your weapons to increase its level, which improves the stats of the weapon. Lastly, you can spend gems at the special store that gives you an ability to preview the damage you will do to a monster, as an example. Unlocking other heroes and tiles do not cost gems but are unlocked after you meet certain requirements. Spending gems and making your character is addicting and made me want to keep playing.
The graphics are simple but diverse. There is a good mixture of different looking monsters, heroes, and locations. They are not bad by any means, but really take a back seat to the excellent gameplay. The sound is on par for this type of game and is what you’d expect. I would encourage people to read the descriptions of the enemies as they play because they usually are hilarious.
At the end of day there really is nothing like this on the Nintendo Switch and is by far the best word game I have ever played. While the graphics and sound will not wow you, the deep gameplay with the varied ways to enhance your character spell success for this game.