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Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered (Xbox One) Review

 
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Formats: Xbox One
 
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It's a unique game that combines word play with rpg elements.

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If words aren't your thing, then likely this isn't the game for you.


Final Fiendish Feelings?

“The grim reapers Grimm and Rose need your help to defeat a legion of monsters, ghosts, and evil bunnies using the power of words!” Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered is unlike anything you’ve played before, but if you’re a fan a word play, it’s definitely going to be a hit in your household. At its […]

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Posted April 24, 2016 by

 
Final Fiendish Feelings?
 
 

“The grim reapers Grimm and Rose need your help to defeat a legion of monsters, ghosts, and evil bunnies using the power of words!”
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Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered is unlike anything you’ve played before, but if you’re a fan a word play, it’s definitely going to be a hit in your household. At its core, it’s a lot like an intense game of Scrabble. You’re given a number of letter tiles, each with varying value, and you need to come up with the best word you can in order to defeat your opponent. That’s fun all on its own, but the rpg elements that make up the non-word parts of the game push it into a really great game.

In Letter Quest, your word play isn’t trying to defeat another player for the best score. You need to use your letter prowess to defeat monsters, earning gems that will level your character up in various ways. As in Scrabble, longer words generally will get you a more powerful score – thus defeating the monsters more quickly. But, using rarer letters like the difficult “x” and “q” are worth more points, so you’ll need to use a bit of strategy to come up with the very best words to defeat the opponents.  There are even a variety of special tile conditions to keep you on your toes.

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Each level is fairly short, with a variety of different monsters to defeat. Sometimes, one good word is all you need to move on to the next time, but more powerful monsters are more of a challenge. The battle action is turn-based, so the longer the fight drags on, the more likely you are to be defeated. That makes using your gems wisely just as important as your word strategy. You can buy things like more health, better weapons, and more, making your character better able to stand up to difficult monsters. You’ll collect gems throughout your battles, and there are often hangman-style word guessing games as well, all in the interest of racking up more gems.

Though each level itself isn’t all that long, they can all be played in four different modes, adding a lot of length to the game. Each of the bonus plays features the same levels, but with constraints like timed games or special monster features. completionists and those who just want to rank up their character quickly will enjoy these extra challenges, but you can just work your way through the map without doing them as well, if you like. In addition, there is also an endless mode, which pits you against the monsters in a battle to the death.
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Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered is a fun departure from the norm that definitely isn’t for everyone. If words aren’t your thing, you probably won’t like the game – but if you enjoy word play and are looking for something a little different, you’re going to have a blast. It’s colorful, interesting, and has plenty of elements to keep things fresh. It’s a great game.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)