Epic Games is a giant in the video gaming industry. Epic Games Store’s periodic giveaway of free video games is one-of-a-kind and almost unbeatable. Every year, during the holidays, the Store is back at it and gives a game away daily. This year, the offer is running from 16th December to 30th December. Today is the 5th day of the Epic Games’ offer, and we have got a low-key indie card game from the Store — Loop Hero.
Just like yesterday, the game didn’t match the rumors. We were supposed to get Into the Breach, a turn-based indie strategy video game, according to the leakers. Although the “indie video game” term matched, we did not get a turn-based strategy game from Epic Games. Instead, what we got is an endless role-playing game named Loop Hero.
This game was developed by a small indie studio named Four Quarters and is a roguelike adventure and strategy video game. It was published by Devolvers Digital, the same publishing house that has given us many great indie games over the last few years. Besides Windows, users on macOS and Linux also can claim this game from the Epic Games Store and download and play it on their systems.
Loop Hero Received Critical Acclaim
Upon launch, Loop Hero was highly praised for its innovative gameplay. It even was nominated for the Best Independent Game award in The Game Awards 2021. The graphics of this game follow an old-school 8-bit style, and it further matches the setting. Besides, this graphics style creates a nostalgic experience, and ’90s kids are going to love it. Review aggregator Metacritic gave this game an 84% rating, and it also scored 8/10 in IGN‘s review. These scores are self-explanatory and show this is a game worth trying out, especially when it’s given away for free.
The game also has some aspects of a card game. Players spawn in a randomly generated world and the game requires you to place cards to change the world. You cannot control the character, unlike most of the games available in today’s market. This makes this game a bit more interesting and fun. The only objective the game throws at you is to keep playing in a loop to get better gear like weapons and items in-game.
This gameplay feels extremely addictive but also extremely repetitive to some players. The fact you can’t control the main character in-game might seem outlandish to some players. After all, character control is an important aspect of every roguelike game. Luckily, none of these change the fact that the game is awesome — the reviews are here to speak for it.
Next up, we are expecting A Way Out to be the next free game for December 21-22. A Way Out is an awesome action-adventure video game from Hazelight and is already available for free with an Xbox Game Pass or EA Play subscription. It also received two awards in 2018, the year it came out. These include the British Academy Games Award for Multiplayer and Best Game Direction award at The Game Awards 2018. However, considering the actual list is deviating from the rumors hugely this year, we cannot be fully sure about getting this title tonight. Only time will tell what we are going to get.