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Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story is the latest game from Riot Games. This time, they are focusing on the legend Nunu and his best friend in the whole wide world Willump, the last yeti.
The story focuses on Nunu as he searches high and low in Freljord for his missing mother. Since Nunu doesn’t really go anywhere without Willump, he is there to help out Nunu with any of the obstacles and combat.
The game doesn’t really have a difficulty level. It just lets you jump into the game head-on not knowing what’s to come. However, as I was playing the game more and more, I could say that the difficulty is between easy and normal. It’s not too easy that you will lose all interest in the game but it’s not too hard that you will end up throwing your controller at the TV.
The game is a combination of platforming, puzzle solving and combat. Most of the platforming parts of the game are focused on climbing and getting to different platforms. Sometimes it gets mixed up with the puzzles that the game gets you to solve. Most of the puzzles are connected to how Nunu is able to use his flute to create music. It made the game unique and interesting as I have never really encountered a game where music is used that much to solve puzzles.
Where Nunu’s strength, is solving the puzzles that you encounter, Willump is there to shine in combat. Willump is your powerhouse fighter who swipes at your enemies. He utilizes normal and strong attacks against enemies as well as a finisher that heals him up. Willump also helps Nunu’s in puzzles and platforming as well as in segments where you are sliding through a slope. I do feel like the controls during the sliding parts of the game could require a little more tweaking as the controls seem to be a little too unresponsive during these segments. It is very difficult to steer and I feel like it could use a lot of polishing to be able to have that pinpoint control on the steering.
Willump, as a character, is very loveable. Although he does not talk, he growls and giggles in such a lovable way that you can’t help but just give him a hug anytime he asks for it. Nunu, on the other hand, I feel like is an annoying little character. Mind you he’s just a kid so I understand how he’s very inquisitive and always asking all these questions and always talking and excited about everything. But sometimes, I feel like it is too much and can get annoying very quickly. What’s more, when you actually need him to talk or provide hints during puzzles that can stump you, he goes quiet all of a sudden.
The world of Song of Nunu, is filled with so many easter eggs and references to the world of League of Legends. You also get to meet a few other Legends along the way that belong in the Freljord region. A LoL or League of Legends fan would really enjoy every bit of lore that you can discover in this game. As this just helps expand the lore that we already know and love. You even get to fight and/or interact with the mobs that you would normally find in the jungles of League of Legends like the direwolves and so many others. You even get to battle a few Legends along the way.
The game itself has a linear approach to it, but there are parts of the game where you get to choose a path and choose between two quests. But pretty much, you have to keep moving forward to get through the game.
The graphics and design of the game are really good. Especially since I am playing this on the Nintendo Switch, the game still looks really beautiful. You don’t get a 60k frame rate though as you would get from the PC so it’s probably the reason why sometimes the controls seem unresponsive. But overall, this doesn’t really take much away in terms of gameplay and enjoying the game.
The music of the game is really good. However, it doesn’t lend any of the music from League of Legends. It is quite catchy in its own right. The tunes that come from Nunu’s flute and the tones that you use to solve some of the puzzles are a delight to hear.
Song of Nunu delivers an entertaining combination of puzzles and combat. A world full of easter eggs for people who love and play League of Legends and a good entry point for people who want to dive in into the world of League of Legends. If you are up for an adventure with the world’s cuddliest yeti, then hop on and join in on the fun.
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story
When the issues of a game are rolled and stomped by its greatness, then it’s something to invest in if you have some spare.