|a game by||Airship Syndicate|
|Editor Rating:||9.5/10, based on 1 review|
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|See also:||Best MOBA Games, Turn Based RPG|
A unique take on the popular series, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a solid single-player RPG experience that builds upon a rich backstory. Featuring some interesting characters and settings, Ruined King is a promising game that will definitely appeal to die-hard RPG fans, especially those who have played other games developed by Airship Syndicate.
With its original turn-based formula and gorgeous art, this game is already shaping up to be one of 2021 strongest RPG offerings. However, since it relies heavily on the mythos of a certain, massively popular MOBA, will Ruined King appeal to players with no interest in the original game? Let’s find out.
No More Multiplayer
Before we begin, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, Ruined King is a League of Legends spin-off; that said, the game hardly resembles its MOBA counterpart in any way, shape, or form. Sure, the games take place in the League of Legends world, yet Ruined King is an original single-player experience made from the ground up, without relying on any of League of Legend’s gameplay mechanics.
Set in Runeterra, Ruined King’s plot will take players to Bilgewater and the Shadow Isles. These swashbuckling regions give the game a distinctive flair, helping it retaining an original look in a sea of similar-looking RPGs. Pirates, ships, and lots of wood will replace the usual knights and wizards: a breath of fresh air for the genre.
Three on Three
Developed by Airship Syndicate, Ruined King has many similarities with one of the studio’s previous games: Battle Chasers Nightwar. The overall look and feel of the game remains very similar to Battle Chasers, with battles taking place in a three vs. three 2D setting.
However, Ruined King has one ace up its sleeve: it features some very recognizable League of Legends characters as its protagonists. Fans of the popular MOBA will find some of their favorite characters here, including Miss Fortune, Yasuo, Braum, Pyke, Ahri, and Illaoi.
Besides that, Airship Syndicate also has the rich League of Legends mythos at their disposal to build the world of Ruined King. This also offers a vital opportunity for Riot to expand on the world and backstories of some of their characters, and it wouldn’t surprise us to see this game becoming a franchise of its own.
Combat looks and feels solid, with flashy animations and gorgeous visuals throughout the entire game. Overworld exploration also seems to be very thorough, with lots of detailed items adorning the already fascinating scenery.
Now on Consoles
Ruined King isn’t just the franchise’s first single-player game, it’s also the first title coming to consoles. This jump from PC to a variety of other platforms also means that the game’s controls are going to be revamped (or simplified) for wider audiences.
That’s not to say that the game will feature simplistic gameplay. On the contrary, so far, we’ve seen the game adapt its turn-based combat quite well with the skill-based gameplay of classic League of Legends.
Ruined King seems to be a strong start for this new chapter of Riot Games. The solid single-player story is elevated by its interesting characters and fun and rich gameplay. Some previous knowledge of the characters and the world of League of Legends can help enjoy the story a bit more, but it isn’t mandatory. Overall, this is another great RPG from Airship Syndicate, and a promising sight of things to come.
- Splendid visuals
- Deceptively simple gameplay
- Interesting story and charismatic characters
- Strictly single-player
- Might require some previous knowledge of the League of Legends mythos
Download Ruined King
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP