REVIEW: Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Instead of performing magical attacks or popping a cap unto your enemies, Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered takes a different approach. Words are your sword and savior in this little hidden gem.
Each of the total 30 stages has a selection of randomly generated tiles with letters for you to spell out words in order to damage your enemies. The longer the word, the more damage you deal, so whilst it’s tempting to go for “and”, you’ll find spelling more complex words will make battles much easier. Although, it is quite funny to spell “sex” or “tit” now and again.
Most tiles will be marked bronze, meaning the damage done with that particular tile will do average damage, but nothing special. It’s best to go for the tiles marked with either silver and gold as they respectively deal considerable more damage, but are often awkward letters such as Q or Z.
There is the option to reshuffle tiles if you’re really struggling to find any word at all, but this will give the enemy a free turn, so I would only use this when absolutely necessary. It’s nice to have the option to do this, but those free turns can certainly turn things around if the enemy is particularly strong.
The game does start off fairly simple – it’s when status tiles start to come into play when things get more interesting. One example is poison, in which you will receive damage if you decide to use the tile tainted with poison. Another is stone, which deems the affected tiles unusable – this can be particular frustrating if you’re relying on a certain tile, but can’t use it.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though – coloured tiles sometimes appear, meaning you have the chance of gaining certain advantages such as a health or shield boost if you manage to use a coloured tile in your chosen words. Status and coloured tiles add much more variety to what could have been a very bland game.
Every now and again, you’ll come across a treasure chest mini-game, in which you need to guess what the word is by eliminating letters on the screen – it’s basically guess the word in a certain amount of turns. These are definitely worth trying to do as you’ll gain much needed gems, boosts, or potions.
Gems are currency in the game that allow you to purchase upgrades, weapons, potions, and other useful goodies. You can earn gems by simply finishing stages or fulfilling quests such as spelling 100 words, using the letter “V” 15 times, and so forth. Most quests will naturally be completed as you play, and are great ways of earning a decent amount of gems.
Many enemies will only take damage under certain conditions, for example you might have to spell 6-lettered words, otherwise you will deal 0 damage. Some enemies will take additional damage if you find a word ending with a double letter i.e. “igloo”. This adds variety that keeps the gameplay fresh and engaging.
If you’re an absolute beast and have managed to beat the game with ease, there’s always the option to try out Endless Mode. This special mode allows you to see how far you can last in a constant wave of enemies with the occasional merchant selling upgrades and potions along the way. I didn’t get very far…
Letter Quest is a nice little game that could make you feel really clever, really stupid, or somewhere in between. It’s like Countdown, but less depressing.
Available On: Windows PC / PS4 / PS Vita / Wii U