Achievements have been a part of gaming for a long time, with the concept arguably dating back to Activision’s high score patches of 1982. However, current platform-wide achievements wouldn’t really take off until Xbox 360 in 2005, streaming soon on Steam, PlayStation and other platforms. Epic Games Store is the latest platform to join this list, introducing achievements last October.
The latest Epic Games Store game to get achievements is also one of the free games this week. Players who feel like jumping in the blocky dungeon crawler Riverbond can now unlock achievements on the Epic Game Store.
Riverbond has 57 achievements in all, for a total of 1000 XP available. These achievements were previously available on the Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions, but they are now also available on the Epic Game Store. Most of them are the standard range of progress milestones, awarding points for completing various quests, bosses, collections, and other tasks. However, there are a few dumber ones, like Point Taken, which awards 20 XP for dying at traps 20 different times.
Originally released on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2019, Riverbond’s The developer describes it as “a ‘shoot-and-slash’ dungeon crawler”. One to four players can engage in the game’s frantic isometric battles as they seek to free the rulers of the Eight Worlds and bring peace to the kingdoms. Its colorful voxel graphics give Riverbond a look that reminds a lot Minecraft, though the square world and bright tone is about where the similarities end. Instead, Riverbond is about players shooting and smashing their way through a diverse range of goofy enemies, with GameSpot likening it to a boxier, brighter-colored one Diablo.
The game has a mostly positive rating on Steam, with players praising the lighting and art style. Several users have also recommended it as a good game for children, noting that its mechanics are simple enough for young children to learn quickly. Short but fast-paced levels also pair well with Riverbond’s reception and abandonment cooperative. However, the Metacritic scores are decidedly mixed, with the various releases all falling between 60% and 70%.
Riverbond usually costs around $25 on most platforms. However, it is currently free on the Epic Games Store. So players interested in a short but action-packed cooperative dungeon crawler have a great opportunity to take Riverbond for a turn. However, they must act quickly, because Riverbond is free only on the Epic Games Store until April 28.
Riverbond is available on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One.
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