Though it has a humble look and keeps its level of challenge low, this budget mix of Zelda and a platformer has some charm
While I know more mainstream gamers would like for everything to cater to them and their desired level of challenge, there’s absolutely room in the large Switch eShop for titles that err on the side of being reasonably accessible to anyone. That’s important to remember if you take a look at Rise of Fox Hero as it has a pretty humble and almost retro vibe to it while it mixes elements of Zelda-like combat and occasional problem solving with platforming that isn’t always easy if you want to grab everything, but can generally be worked out in a few tries. Having played some more budget-friendly titles that have constrained the camera, I really appreciate being able to swing it around freely (though only side to side, you can’t come in at a higher or lower angle) and that’s going to be essential for you to do if you plan to find every hidden gem and coin to collect or barrel to smash. Given its clearly humble ambitions it isn’t going to be winning any awards, but for a reasonable price it delivers a fun and accessible mix of exploration, light combat, and sometimes trickier but never impossible platforming, which I appreciate.
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