Juicy Realm. What a cute name for an adorable game, right? And this is definitely an adorable game. I mean, I love dungeon crawls but I really didn’t know what I was in for when I started playing. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised!
Released earlier this month on May 3, 2018, Juicy Realm was developed by SpaceCan Games and published by X.D. Network Inc. Personally, I think it’s well worth the $9.99 price tag on Steam but keep in mind that this is not a serious or deep game. It’s tagged “casual” and “cute” for a reason.
Juicy Realm’s storyline is unique. Sometime in the future, plants have evolved and toppled humans from the top of the food chain. Exactly what this means remains a mystery to me. See, I checked the enemy camps thoroughly after I wiped them out. There’s plenty of tables with full plates on them but none of them were filled with people parts. They were piled high with flowers and leaves, though. So…does that really put them at the top of the food chain? I would think no.
Either way, these fruity fiends are an aggressive bunch. As an explorer trying to gain intel on the enemy, it’s your job to cross enemy lines, slicing and dicing your way through militarized pears, avocados, apples, and more. And if you look around, you’ll find messages and notes throughout the game that tell you parts of the story as you go. I thought this was nice.
Juicy Realm was a lot of fun to play. I loved the silly weapons. Seriously, who doesn’t love smacking people (or fruit) up with a chicken? I certainly do and for the same reason I loved hitting people with a Wabbajack in Skyrim. It’s hilarious.
When you start the game, you have three difficulty levels to choose from. You can also choose to go solo or with a team. Similarly, there are four characters you can play. Each one has different stamina levels, health points, and a special ability. My favorite was the ninja. I really liked her starting weapon and the up-close combat as opposed to the point-and-shoot.
Each level gets increasingly difficult and they all have a different feel. For example, in Level 2 you’re working your way through a desert in which avocados throw their exploding pits at you and angry flying limes spit seeds. Again, hilarious.
Now, all of the above being said, Juicy Realm is not without its problems when it comes to gameplay. The first is the combat system. It’s a little slow. It also lacks the more complex strategy component found in some other rogue-like games. The boss fights, for example, were pretty easy—just move and shoot. Of course, there are items in each boss area that can be used to your advantage, like exploding mushrooms or stone blocks, but they seemed kind of superfluous.
The controls in Juicy Realm are pretty simple. You can play with either a controller or mouse and keyboard combination. I ended up going with my mouse and keyboard which was alright. Part of me wishes I’d have tried it with the controller but I didn’t.
With the keyboard and mouse set-up, movement is accomplished using the WASD keys. Moving the mouse left or right switches which way your character is facing. The mouse also aims your weapon (multi-directional) while the left mouse button is used to fire. The E key and space bar allows you to interact with objects or change your weapon respectively.
You might be wondering where all of this leaves the right mouse button. Well, a click of that button allows you to zoom a few feet in whichever direction you’re headed, which uses your stamina. Again, the controls not complicated by any means and I didn’t mind them at all.
The graphics are where Juicy Realm really shines! The artwork is absolutely beautiful and vividly colored. The developers put a lot of detail into the game. When you walk over a dandelion puff, it pops! It’s so cute! And did I mention that the characters and fruits are just too adorable?
The soundtrack in Juicy Realm is upbeat and playful. It fits in so well with the overall look and feel of the game. The same goes for the combat sounds. They’re not hyper aggressive—it sounded like I was shooting a bubble gun most of the time! I also really liked the environment sounds. It added a nice touch to the gameplay.
Windows or Mac
Juicy Realm is currently available on both, in case you were wondering.
All in all, if you’re looking for a fun game to while away a few hours, give Juicy Realm a go. It’s definitely a good time, even if you don’t necessarily replay it over and over. At $9.99, the price tag isn’t prohibitive by any means and at the very least, it’s worth it just for the visuals and storyline.
You can get your copy of Juicy Realm on PC through Steam! The game will also be available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch soon!