Review: Hero-U – Rogue to Redemption (Switch)

Retro-scented point-and-click games, with a unique element, do not really reach all the way to the Switch.

IN Hero-U – Rogue to Redemption we take on the role of Shawn. Shawn is a rather unsuccessful burglar and when he thinks he gets caught, he is instead taken to a mysterious castle. Here is a school for heroes and it is now up to you to guide Shawn through the adventure. Find the secrets, make new friends and fight enemies.

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Hero-U – Rogue to Redemption is something as unusual as one non-linear point-and-click games. Usually, this genre is very much locked in what you need to do in exactly the right order to be able to solve a problem and get to the next step. IN Hero-U you can move as you want, talk to whoever you want and do the tasks in whatever order you want – as a kind of open world role-playing game. Your choices affect the outcome and it all leads to there being thousands of combinations to manage the game on.

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Press image: Transolar Games – There are a lot of tricky puzzles to solve as well.

The upgrade options are many and advanced and depending on how you choose to play, the conditions change all the time. Bogged down? Try another mission and you will see that you will soon have the skills to move on to the previous mission.

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The graphics are simple and quite nice really. It has a nice retro feel. There are no recorded voices but all speech is in text form only. Unfortunately, it becomes problematic on the Nintendo Switch in portable mode. The small text really gets tiny in the slightly modest screen.

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This would have been a minor issue if there were votes in the game, but now builds it really depends on you must read everything. It’s such a shame that it becomes so portable on the Switch, almost every time. The only time I have played a game that has been adapted to the Switch’s conditions is in The Dark Eye – Memoria + Satinav. There, the text changes (enlarges) the second you pick the console out of its dock.

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Press image: Transolar Games – There are a lot of enemies to fight.

In summary, that is Hero-U – Rogue to Redemption a pretty big and advanced game, for a small amount of money – but I honestly never really got stuck in the story. Then, with the small text in the game, I can hardly play it in portable mode (which is the mode I play Switch the most) so the rating is still approved, but no more.

Maybe the game does better on the computer, as it is also available for Mac and PC?