A fun, word based game has arrived on the Nintendo Switch, and it brings lots of charm and challenge to this hybrid console. Letter Quest Remastered, from developer Bacon Bandit Games and published by Digerati Distribution, allows players to test their spelling skills in a new challenging way as the player character, Grim, travels through his world on an epic quest.
Players can choose between two different characters: Grim and Rose. Grim is the grim reaper, who gives the players a thumbs’ up at the end of the level and wears a dark blue, almost black cloak. My preferred character is Rose, the smaller of the two characters, she wears a red cloak and gives the player a peace sign at the end of the level. I also find her adorable as she is swinging a scythe, that is twice her size, around. It does take defeating a few levels to unlock her as a playable character though.
In the story of Letter Quest Remastered, it is unclear what the main objective is other than to defeat various monsters across the map. At the beginning of each chapter, a small comic pops up, featuring Grim on his quest to get to a pizza joint, because he desperately needs pizza, and is willing to fight several monsters of increasing strength and frequency. Even though the actual telling of the story may seem a bit confusing for some players, Letter Quest Remastered is more focused on actual gameplay than story. However, this lack of an understandable story does not take away from the fun and excitement it!
Letter Quest Remastered keeps the player’s brain thinking with over 192,000 words built into the dictionary, so creating words and discovering new ones is always going to happen. With so many words in the dictionary, some monsters do require certain words or types of words to be used against them. For example, a monster may take double damage from a word that has more than two vowels, or another monster could only be damaged by words that are six letters or longer. With these challenges, more words must be created and players’ vocabulary expands why playing.
In among the spelling, Letter Quest Remastered also features RPG aspects, which can alter the gameplay a little. During each level as well as on completion of levels, Grim will collect coins and gems that he can spend in stores he discovers at the beginning of the game. There are books that Grim can equip that can upgrade certain attacks and defenses, like gaining a percentage of health every time the letter “E” is used in a word against a monster, or more damage is played on a monster if there are double letters in a word. By equipping certain books, some stages may be harder than others and the same goes for scythes that Grim wields in battle. Some of them produce more health returned the more damage he does to a monster, or how much is healed when a potion is taken. This customization makes Letter Quest Remastered unique for each player.
With word games, it can be challenging to know what to look for or even how to find them when just looking at a square of twelve or so letters. Letter Quest Remastered knows this and the game is easier to start with, so players can get used to finding and spelling words, waiting for the later levels to push themselves to create more interesting and longer words to defeat more difficult monsters. Having this progression lets the player feel in control of their skills and doesn’t push them when they don’t quite know how to spell words or know what they are looking for without unsuspecting difficulty spikes to spoil the fun of Letter Quest Remastered. On top of this, each level has four stages that create more atmosphere for this already charismatic game as new challenges arise for players to conquer. Some of the challenges are defeating the level within a time limit or a move limit, which can create a fun mode for players and also help them increase their spelling skills and their ability to see words in a scrambled bunch. These challenges are a great way to prepare for the harder stages later in the game.
Swanky music compliments the hand drawn style of the characters to create the fun atmosphere that many people associate with anything but a word spelling game, myself included. The music feels more like an epic adventure game, and even though players are only searching for pizza, the music makes the adventure seem more important. By having fun music, I personally was able to delve deep into the game and discover more words than I already knew and had a ton of fun while playing Letter Quest Remastered. The adventure atmosphere made challenging my brain to spell more and more difficult words with more frequency a joy. The Switch itself has its touch screen available when in handheld mode, making spelling quicker as players can poke the letters they want right away instead of scrolling around on TV mode with the control sticks. This makes Letter Quest Remastered feel more like a mobile game, like Words with Friends, and this is not a bad thing. It also makes it more enjoyable for those who are looking to play a quick game like they would on a phone or tablet for other online games.
For those who are word experts or those who are looking for a new challenge, Letter Quest Remastered is a game you should definitely look into. I had fun playing it whenever I had time, whether during car rides, or just laying in bed before having to get up for the day. If anyone is interested in expanding their vocabulary or wants to keep playing Words with Friends and not have to wait for their partner to respond, then Letter Quest Remastered is definitely for you!
Letter Quest Remastered is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4. This review is based on a Switch version provided by the publisher.