Dive into the world of Rune Midgard in The Labyrinth of Ragnarok and fight endless hordes of monsters.
Upgrade your character, choose from one of the old Ragnarok jobs, and advance!
Cooperate with other players to defeat bosses in this action-packed RPG!
Ragnarok Online is one of the gaming world’s most memorable and well-known franchises. It spawned several spinoffs, an anime series, and even had world championship events. In a way, it was one of the first big MMOs ever, which is not a surprise that Gravity, its developer, is constantly creating new titles using the IP. One of which is Labyrinth of Ragnarok, a dungeon-focused (or in the game’s terms, maze) RPG where all you do is fight off and try to defeat hordes of monsters. Thing is, will it be something you’d want to dive into? Before you decide, let’s check out what it has to offer:
First off, Labyrinth of Ragnarok is an RPG that feels like an idle game. No, it doesn’t play out even after you log off, but the game will do its thing whenever you boot it up. It follows certain concepts of the idle genre, like simply letting you watch your character fight. Meanwhile, your participation is limited to switching and upgrading gear and summoning new allies.
Combat in Labyrinth of Ragnarok is automatic which means your character will randomly fire off special abilities and tirelessly swing its weapon (or fire off a bow). Thankfully, you can also move around your character and have new allies come over to help out in fighting a particularly troublesome foe like a boss or a maze MVP.
Apart from fighting, the game also centers around managing your character. You’ll have to work towards managing its gear, including weapons and armor you’ll pick up after finishing levels or defeating certain foes. Moreover, character jobs and abilities are similar to the old Ragnarok MMO. For example, magnum break and double strafe are in the game. Everyone starts off as a squire and you’ll have the option to ascend to jobs like swordsman, mage, and archer. There’s also an ascension mechanic where you can upgrade to 2nd jobs like knight, wizard, and hunter. The game is quite generous with rewards, although you’ll hit a major difficulty surge at the third dungeon.
If you’ve played Ragnarok Online before and you miss the atmosphere and overall feel of Rune Midgard, Labyrinth of Ragnarok will treat you to it. It uses old Ragnarok assets including the music, character art, and portraits. Even the enemies you’ll face are similar to the old games, like the fabre, lunatic, and the famous pink poring. You’ll also listen to the beats of the opening screen, along with the tunes of Izlude, Payon, and Prontera. However, other presentation aspects like the visuals (graphics and animations) are a little below par compared to other games. Meanwhile, there are also translation problems which include janky phrases and instructions. Though it’s nothing serious, it’s still something Gravity has to fix.
Overall, The Labyrinth of Ragnarok isn’t exactly a game you’d want to get your hands on right away, although it’s something that will definitely appeal to fans of the old MMO. The combat elements and overall gameplay isn’t deep or immersive. However, even if you don’t see yourself playing it for a dozen hours or so, it’s a great way to kill time and a perfect nightcap before calling it a day.