Bloodroots – Easy Allies Review

Bloodroots – Easy Allies Review

Developed by Paper Cult, Bloodroots is a fast-paced
and bloody tale of revenge set in the old west. Every level feels like a shot of adrenaline,
as you race ahead, using anything you can find as a weapon. It’s a simple game to understand
with only a few buttons, but the challenge it presents
definitely requires determination. The story is a straightforward tale of revenge. You play as Mr. Wolf, a rugged mountain man who was shot and left for dead in the wilderness
by a group known as The Blood Beasts. After being presumed dead for some time, Mr. Wolf suddenly awakens
and sets off to get retribution. Though the game’s main focus is action,
it gives a respectable amount of time to the story, using flashbacks to explore the relationships
between Mr. Wolf and The Blood Beasts, without ever feeling overly intrusive. Bloodroots follows a pretty direct premise: eliminate all the enemies and move on to the next area. But, similar to games like Hotline Miami
and Katana Zero, death is dealt in a single blow, and if you die, you need to restart the encounter. Since death comes so quickly,
you’re likely to repeat some sections over and over, but most encounters are fairly short. So it rarely feels like a hassle. If you find that you’re having too much trouble at parts
or just want to move on, there are assist options you can activate like invincibility or the ability to instantly clear an area, but using these
will disable leaderboards for the current level. In order to carry out his revenge,
Mr. Wolf uses anything he can as a weapon, including traditional options like axes, swords, and guns as well as more unusual ones like ladders, carrots, or even fish. There are a lot of fun and creative weapons
to play around with, and many have their own unique attacks
like giant matches that leave behind a trail of fire or barrels you can ride on to run over foes. Each weapon has a limited number of charges
(and many can only be used once) so you need to constantly switch them out
and pick up new ones. This works well with the game’s frantic nature
and never feels like an issue since there’s almost always something new
within arm’s reach. Even though Bloodroots can be very chaotic, it usually
does a good job of making things feel manageable. However, there are instances when the camera
zooms out way further than necessary, making it hard to keep track of everything going on. There are a decent number of enemies to tackle
like gatling-gun-wielding maniacs and giants with huge hammers, but for the most part, you battle the same few enemy types
throughout the majority of the campaign. While they’re all enjoyable to fight,
it would be nice to have a little more variety, especially in the earlier parts of the game. There are also a few entertaining boss battles
sprinkled throughout, each vastly different from the others. It’s just a shame there aren’t more of them. Outside of combat, there are a few platforming-focused
sections that help break up the pace. These range from standard jumping challenges
to using cannons to launch you high in the air. There’s even a section inspired by Flappy Bird, where you use fireworks to get through a narrow cave. These diversions are great
but feel a little too infrequent. Taking place in the old west,
many of the environments are what you’d expect, including deserts, forests, and snowy mountains, but they often have a few touches
to help them stand out like neon signs or a toxic waste dump. When you’re not out hunting your prey,
you have access to Mr. Wolf’s camp. There are a few things you can do here
like replaying old levels to improve your scores, but the most interesting feature is your hat rack. By completing challenges, you can unlock new hats
that have unique properties like a bear hat
that causes enemies you punch to explode and a fish hat that reverses the controls. These can only be used in completed levels so they won’t help you get through the story, but they do add some replay value
which is always welcome. One of the biggest standouts in Bloodroots
is its presentation. The bright and colorful art design
lends itself surprisingly well to the game’s over-the-top carnage, and its western-inspired electronic tracks do
an excellent job of capturing the mood of each locale. If you’re looking for a quick and bloody challenge,
Bloodroots is a great pick. Running through levels and cutting down foes
always feels satisfying, and its wide array of weapons is a pleasure to use. Bloodroots is a fast and frantic rush of violence. Easy Allies Reviews are made possible
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17 thoughts on “Bloodroots – Easy Allies Review

  1. just a small critique on delivery.
    around 3:00 you say "These diversions are great but feel a little too infrequent"

    It was difficult to tell if you say frequent or infrequent. An important detail so I had to rewind and listen to that line twice more before I was confident you said INfrequent.

    Not a big deal obviously, but maybe the wording couldve been rearranged or just that you could pronounce the syllables a bit distinctly for important words in the review.

    I dunno if its even worth bringing up but here I am.

  2. Not for me but glad it exists as it is the Indi and smaller studios that push gaming forward since 75% of big budget studios put profit over making great games sadly. Appreciate the spotlight.

  3. This looks really good actually, was surprised that I hadn't heard anything about it till now. Might give it a go, thanks Brad!

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