Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a turn-based RPG by Airship Syndicate set in the universe of the popular MOBA, in which six champions unite to protect Bilgewater from a black mist that threatens to destroy the whole world.
Combat is the core of the game. Each character has instant attacks, which don’t cost mana, and Lane abilities, which cost mana and tend to be more impactful. Characters and enemies act according to a timeline system that uses the startup of their attack and the speed of a character to determine whose turn it is.
The exploration portion of Ruined King is often just passable. You pick up rewards from the environment, solve simple puzzles, and jog very slowly around dungeons. The greatest enemy of the game is the impassable doors. You’re often presented with the fastest way to your destination, only to find it magically locked, forcing you to fight through an hour-long dungeon. It feels pointless and silly to traverse the dungeons.
If you like League of Legends, this game does a good job of giving you more character interactions and cool lore, and the story has some good parts. If you like slick, fun RPG combat, this game is good at that too. But if you like a quality story with your RPG and aren’t a League of Legends fan, this is an easy one to miss.
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is available now on Xbox, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch for $30.
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