In-Depth Review: Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story
In a gaming landscape dominated by intense competition and violence, it’s refreshing to come across a lighthearted narrative-driven adventure like Song of Nunu. Developed by Tequila Works and Published by Riot Forge, this title aims to transport players to a magical world filled with unique characters and creatures, offering an emotional story that tugs at the heartstrings. But does it succeed in its mission? In this review, we’ll discuss my experience with Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story on multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and PC.
Do You Need to Be Familiar with League of Legends?
Before we delve into the review, let’s address the elephant in the room. Do you need prior knowledge of League of Legends or its characters to enjoy Song of Nunu? While Nunu and Willump are champions in LoL, playing the main game is not a prerequisite to enjoying this spin-off. I, for instance, haven’t played League in a long time, but it did not affect my experience with Song of Nunu. The game masterfully weaves the story in a way that even newcomers can feel a connection to Nunu and Willump, and it even reignited my interest in returning to League of Legends.
The Captivating Story of Song of Nunu
Song of Nunu follows the adventure of two best friends, Nunu and Willump, as they journey across Freljord. Nunu, a young Notai boy, is on a mission to find his mother, Layka, in a region teeming with harsh environments and menacing wolves. Fortunately, he is not alone – Willump is there by his side, protecting and supporting him throughout the journey. The unfolding story captivates players as they discover secrets about the world and the protagonists themselves. Along the way, it becomes apparent that Nunu is more than meets the eye, and the duo embarks on a quest to find a mysterious artifact, unsure of its nature. It’s a simple yet unforgettable tale that stays with you.
Captivating Characters and Engaging Gameplay
The journey in Song of Nunu is an absolute delight, thanks to the irresistibly cute character of Nunu (voiced brilliantly, I might add) and the heartwarming camaraderie he shares with Willump. Their snowball fights are particularly amusing. Nunu understands Willump’s adorable grunts, much like the relationship between Groot and the Guardians of the Galaxy. In a smart move by the developers, Willump’s subtitles also serve as hints for players while solving puzzles.
The gameplay of Song of Nunu transitions between two styles. In one, players control Nunu while Willump follows closely behind. In the other, Nunu jumps onto Willump’s back for navigation. As you discover early on, Nunu is from the Nomadic tribe called Notai, known for their mastery of songs. This skill becomes essential in progressing through the game, as musical notes scattered throughout Freljord help Nunu solve magical riddles with his trusty magic flute, Svellsongur. Meanwhile, Willump exhibits his own set of abilities, such as running fast, jumping long distances, launching strong attacks, and juggling snowballs. The combination of Nunu’s puzzle-solving abilities and Willump’s physical prowess creates a dynamic and engaging gameplay experience.
Challenging yet Creative Puzzles
Nunu and Willump’s journey is fraught with obstacles that must be overcome, including broken bridges, closed doors, and treacherous terrains. Solving these puzzles requires jumping, climbing, and even manipulating elements in the environment. The puzzle design is genuinely engrossing, with an array of different challenges to tackle. Some puzzles rely on chain reactions, others demand precise timing, and some require players to navigate between multiple areas. I often found myself stuck at certain sections, only to discover that the solution was right in front of me; I just needed to think outside the box. The level designers deserve praise for their creativity.
What sets Song of Nunu apart is how it incorporates Willump’s subtitles as hints. These subtle cues add an extra layer of depth to puzzle-solving. If I was about to make a mistake, Willump’s subtitle would warn me, prompting me to reconsider my approach. Furthermore, if I became persistently stuck, the game would provide hints to prevent frustration. Aside from the textual hints, Willump himself would adorably point out the correct direction if I was lost. It’s a thoughtful touch that enhances the overall puzzle-solving experience.
A Fun and Accessible Adventure
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story offers a delightful gaming experience that can be completed in 6-10 hours. Once you become invested, it’s challenging to put the game down. Fans of League of Legends will also appreciate the appearances of iconic characters like Lissandra and Braum. Lissandra, the Ice Witch, serves as the primary antagonist, showcasing a layered backstory that transcends the typical villain trope.
This simple and linear adventure is not punishing, making it suitable for both adults and children. If you’re seeking a break from stressful games or looking for a gift for a puzzle-savvy child, Song of Nunu is an excellent choice. The game provides numerous opportunities to retry puzzles without rushing the player. It promotes logical thinking and encourages creative problem-solving in an entertaining way.
Moreover, Song of Nunu features a UI-free screen to maximize immersion and keep players focused on Nunu’s story. The game seamlessly guides players to their next destination, removing the need for a traditional mission list. The lack of distractions truly enhances the overall experience.
In conclusion, Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story successfully achieves its goal as an epic, emotionally driven adventure. It’s a game that explores the bonds of friendship and discovery, skillfully immersing players in a colorful and magical world. Whether you’re a League fan or a newcomer, Song of Nunu offers a captivating experience that is well worth your time.