All users of a certain age can enjoy remembering the beginnings of video games and using emulators, or trying new titles that urge the retro genre. The little gem I’m going to tell you about today is perhaps in this genre, and it’s called Loop Hero. He’s responsible for consuming a lot of all my time last weekend.

“Come on, one more ride”

The premise of Loop Hero is simple: a villain has destroyed not only the tangible space of reality, but also the very concept of time. There is only a small area left that has been isolated from the void and from which you can start fighting enemies and remembering what your world used to be.

And this is where you will walk in a circular path, spin around, fight enemies, collect resources, and prepare to face the final boss. This boss spawns at the end of every match, but it’s so strong that you’ll need to quit several times before it spawns before you’re ready.

As you progress through your circular looping path, you fill up the map with terrain and at the same time defeat more enemies.

As you progress through each game, you collect terrain cards, as a “souvenir”, which you place in empty areas of the map as you travel. This premise may sound boring, but nothing could be further from the truth: this is one of the most addictive games I’ve seen in a long time. Our colleagues at VidaExtra confirmed this when the game was released to the public a year ago.

The grace of the game is that after one loop you want to do another. And another, then another, and then two more. As you figure out how to improve, the addiction becomes apparent and the seemingly boring idle style becomes an endless amount of land placement and managing an arsenal of weapons so the hero’s auto battles go better .

The number of Loop Hero options to level up and acquire better weapons to fight with is huge. We have fun for a while customizing a fairly comfortable complexity curve.

The aesthetics of the game are great. The graphics are reminiscent of old Spectrum or MSX games, the soundtrack is very well done, and the developers have earned accolades for accessibility: you can remove the old TV effects in the fonts or use another typeface so that the people with dyslexia can read it better.

The game itself is also well developed, running quickly and without requiring too many resources. It’s available in Spanish, and due to the way it looks, it’s best played in a window so you don’t see intentionally outdated overly large graphics. For me, it’s one of those games that you must have, and whose clean style can’t be compared to too many other games.

Loop Hero is available to download on Steam for a reasonable price of €14.99. The game is an Intel/Apple Silicon universal binary, so you’ll have no problem running it no matter what Mac you have. All you’ll need is 2GB of RAM, 200MB of free disk space, and macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later. That said, almost any Mac can handle it.