Publisher: Different Tales
Reviewed For: Nintendo Switch
Also Available On PC
In Backpack Hero, players embark on a dungeon-crawling quest with a mouse named Purse. This port for the Nintendo Switch offers a blend of resource management and roguelite gameplay, set against a backdrop of a charming yet straightforward storyline.
The narrative centers around Purse’s journey to find her mother. Initially, the plot seems minimalistic, but as the game progresses, it gains depth, particularly with the expansion of the town above the dungeons. However, those expecting a grand, sweeping epic may be disappointed, as Backpack Hero maintains a focus on gameplay over narrative complexity.
Resource management is at the heart of Backpack Hero, accounting for about 80% of the gameplay. Players start with a small backpack, which they can expand gradually, creating various combinations and configurations. The game cleverly incorporates this backpack mechanic into its combat system, turning inventory management into a strategic element rather than a mere chore. This aspect is reminiscent of the inventory management in Resident Evil 4, and will likely appeal to fans of that game.
Combat in Backpack Hero is turn-based, with a simple yet functional approach. Players must balance their actions and resources, considering the impact of status ailments that can affect or even destroy their inventory. This adds a layer of tension and strategy, particularly when high-stakes decisions about gear and inventory management come into play.
Beyond the dungeons, the game offers a settlement-building mini-game. While this component provides a nice diversion from the main gameplay, it lacks the depth or innovation to stand out.
The game boasts a retro aesthetic with cute visuals that remain appealing throughout. The monster designs are familiar but well-executed, contributing to the game’s overall charm. However, the music and sound effects, while pleasant, suffer from a lack of variety, leading to repetitiveness over extended play sessions.
Performance-wise, Backpack Hero maintains steadiness initially but shows signs of strain as players progress, with issues like stuttering, lag, and occasional crashes. The control scheme also falls short, particularly when it comes to moving items in the inventory – a feature that feels clunky compared Resident Evil 4.
Backpack Hero is a game with a unique charm and it’s rare to find a game that makes resource management fun. This is something that should be somehow implemented in other games that focus on loot in the future. Still, the game is let down by technical issues and a lack of depth outside of the backpack. Fans of inventory management and roguelite adventures will find enjoyment here, but those looking for a more polished experience might be left waiting for a couple of patches.
Fans of inventory management and roguelite adventures will find enjoyment here, but those looking for a more polished experience might be left waiting for a couple of patches.