If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Loot River is a hack-and-slash RPG set within a Tetris dungeon

Hack-and-slide, then

We recently asked you whether you preferred inventory Tetris or fishing minigames. Well, Moonglow Bay - which I wrote about with the same intro in the post preceding this - is for the folks who yelled "fish", and Loot River is for the folks who love rotating shapes to make them fit.

It's topdown hack-and-slash combat through procedural dungeons which consist of floating platforms you can move and rotate in order to bamboozle and best the demons you're battling. The trailer does a good job of explaining the appeal.

Yes, to this. I like the look of its hacking combat against swarms of inky black demons anyway, but the moments where the Tetris mechanic is used are the definite standouts. In the footage above, you see the player shift and rotate a platform in order to be able to slide through a narrow gap, and also to lure and then avoid a swarm of enemies the player doesn't want to fight.

It's interesting that the dungeons are procedural. I'd have thought that the most interesting applications of the block-shifting mechanic would be handcrafted puzzles, but maybe that's not necessary when there's also fighting and skills to upgrade.

Loot River is being developed by Straka Studio, who previously created Euclidian Lands and Euclidian Skies, two games that similarly blended a world-twisting mechanic with combat. It's being partly funded by Superhot Presents, which was - as is maybe obvious - set up by the developers of time-slowing FPS Superhot.

There's no announced release date yet, but Loot River is available to wishlist on Steam now.

About the Author

Graham Smith avatar

Graham Smith


Graham is to blame for all this.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information


We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch