Children of Morta – Review (PC)
First off I apologize for taking a while to get a review completed for this game. Secondly, HOLY SHIT is this game amazing. I would definitely call this a sleeper hit of 2019. If you are into rogue-like dungeon crawlers, this will be the game for you. The developer Dead Mage teaming up with publisher 11 Bit Studios (one of my recent favorite publishers) is a match made in heaven. But enough of that, let’s get into the game.
Children of Morta, as I touched on earlier is a rogue-like dungeon crawler with an amazing narrator which really gets you into the experience the developers are trying to show with this story. You play as the Bergons, a family loaded with heroes, fighting against the coming corruption. The longer you play you get to unlock more characters through the story as well as unlock more of the lore around the Bergons. In my experience with the game, I died a lot. So I was treated to fun cutscenes and fun narration throughout each one. Scenes of family trials, children growing into their own warrior, bonding together, it all was just fun to take in and play though.
The gameplay is quick and brutal. Enemies are ruthless and they come quick. You’ll need to understand each character inside and out and you’ll want to play as them all to unlock more of their skills as well as the family passive skills all of the characters will share. Some are melee, some are ranged, each with pros and cons of each. The idea is simple you travel from room to room, clearing enemies trying to get to the boss area. You don’t have to explore all of the areas that you are in, but it is highly beneficial if you do. Sometimes you’ll find helpful items that could boost a stat passively, or be a one-time use spell. Sometimes you can find side quests such as freeing the merchant or saving a wolf cub, each with benefits to you and your family, some quests needing you to grind out more runs through the dungeon to find the item to complete the quest.
Also as an added bonus, the game has local co-op! You can grab a friend and watch each other’s backs while you try to clear the corruption out. But if you’re like me and don’t have anyone to play local co-op with, we tested Children of Morta with Parsec and it worked amazingly online. It was fairly easy to set up as well.
Graphically, Children of Morta is jaw-dropping. The pixel art, the animations, the enemies, the Bergon’s house, holy crap it is all just eye candy. I sat there for a bit when you first saw the house just staring at everything, the different colors, the design of the furniture, it was all breath-taking.
The only real negative I can speak on, which could very well be my skill level, is that it tended to be a little grindy especially if you want to clear all of the quests.
Children of Morta is an absolute gem. Fans of action RPGs and rogue-like games should have this on their wishlist if it’s not in their library already. This is a contender for one of my most favorite games in 2019 so far!
Note: GameOctane editor Jason Germino received a digital code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Fun narration
+ Amazing artwork
+ Action RPG Dungeon crawling with rogue-like elements
- A little grindy at times