Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

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Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 47 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Eurogamer
Top Critic
No Recommendation
Dec 7, 2021

Still, before this review, the closest I'd come to playing LoL was through watching the moments shown by YouTubers when they review different laptops, and developer Airship Syndicate has done well to bridge that gap with an enjoyable solo game for those of us who'll never get any closer to playing the MOBA. The gameplay isn't overly complicated, and the story is dreamy enough without being overly stuffy, making it an alluring option even for people allergic to fantasy altogether. Put me down as a successful LoL convert - or at least a willing entrant to its world, if not the main game itself.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 23, 2021

Ruined King is a fun romp through gorgeous environments with a team of likable misfits. Airship Syndicate doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it didn’t need to — Ruined King still manages to serve as a great on-ramp to both League of Legends lore and RPGs in general.

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Destructoid
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 6, 2021

If you don’t want to dive deep into the competitive League part, you can play the autobattler, or the rhythm-runner, or look ahead to the fighting game. Or simply settle in with what’s a pretty enjoyable RPG in Ruined King. If anything, it’s a testament to how well even more side games could work in this universe.

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The Escapist
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 25, 2021
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NintendoWorldReport
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 1, 2021

I want to say that Ruined King is great, because on a design level it is. It shows off the appeal of Runeterra while crafting a unique RPG battle system that is deep, engaging, and rewarding. But the presence of such an obvious and debilitating bug makes it difficult for me to recommend. Some may say that I’m making a mountain out of a molehill over having to take five minutes out of my time every couple of hours, and I have no doubt that many people will probably push past the bug and still love the game regardless.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 29, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is one of the best games of 2021 although its similarities with the previous game of the studio, "Battle Chasers: Nightwar". If you were of the ones that enjoyed the 2017's Battle Chasers, you will enjoy this game with an enhanced version of the combat system and also an interesting story well developed over the League Of Legends lore.

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Scored Reviews

But Why Tho?
9.5 / 10
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story blends wonderful characters and a fascinating world with some of the finest turn-based gameplay I’ve ever experienced. Despite a few stumbles, this is a package that anyone who loves this genre should check out. While I still have to give it some more thought, this game is most likely going to end up being my game of the year.

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Wccftech
9 / 10
9 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2021

While it doesn't innovate the formula introduced in Battle Chasers: Nightwar too much, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story's quality is undeniably high, so much that even those with little to no knowledge of the League of Legends universe can enjoy the game fully. With an engaging story, charming characters and amazing combat system, the game by Airship Syndicate is the best possible debut for Riot Forge, and one of the best role-playing games released this year.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 24, 2021

Even if you don't want anything to do with League, we would highly recommend that you give Ruined King a shot; this is a spectacular JRPG that consistently demonstrates mastery of all the ingredients needed to make a great entry in the genre. The core campaign is just long enough to feel satisfying, there are dizzying amounts of character customization, and the combat system is one of the finest we've encountered in a turn-based RPG in a long time. If you're a fan of RPGs, you'd be doing yourself a great disservice to pass on Ruined King. Even if you're a newcomer to the genre we'd still absolutely encourage you to give this a punt; it's an excellent effort.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 27, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a pleasant surprise, proving once again that the universe of the franchise is much bigger than we imagined. Very conscious of what it intends, the game brings solid gameplay, a typical story of the genre very well told and very nice art, resulting in one of the best games of the genre in recent times.

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The Games Machine
8.8 / 10
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2021

I don't know whether to recommend Ruined King: A League of Legends Story for the interesting story set in the League of Legends universe or because it's one of the best turn-based RPGs I played since quite a while. I'd stick towards the second reason, leaving the first one as the icing on the cake. An engaging storyline, beautifully characterized and customizable characters, and a combat system that will test your tactical skills await you, especially if you dare to play at higher difficulty levels. Will Runeterra's champions become the new Avengers?

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2021

For League of Legend fans this game is a no brainer, finally you will be able to see and move around the world of Runeterra in a way that isn’t possible in LoL. But for those folks who just love a good story, interesting characters and pretty decent combat Ruined King could be that gateway game that gets into the larger world of League of Legends and its many, many offerings that are coming soon.

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2021

Ruined King is an RPG with undoubted qualities. Thanks to the fundamental artistic contribution of Joe "Mad" Madureira, the work manages to capture the attention of both fans who live permanently in Runeterra and newbies who have never heard of League of Legends.

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2021

At the end of the day, Ruined King: A League of Legends story is great RPG for two sets of fans. League players (and those from other Riot games) get the opportunity to explore worlds they may have heard about, but never visited. For those unfamiliar with League, you get the opportunity to explore a land of pirates in an accessible story-driven RPG and expose yourself to Runeterra's universe. The story is compelling and beautifully told, and the lands of Bilgewater and Shadow Isles are full of secrets. While it's great you need not grind, the combat system feels like it was changed for the sake of change. Airship Syndicate knocked it out of the park in most ways (be it soundtrack, world design, storytelling, and gameplay), and I'm so excited to see more!

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2021

Out of its comfort zone, Runeterra's world shines in this well-crafted and smart RPG, that feels just like a first step in a journey that is going to bring League of Legends up to new shores.

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Zoomg
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story offers users a 30-35 hour experience of the League of Legends world.

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TrueGaming
8.5 / 10
TrueGaming
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2021

Ruined King is a game worth trying out, regardless of whether you're a League of Legends fan or not.

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33bits
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 24, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is an ideal RPG both for fans of the League of Legends universe and for those players who, even without knowing anything about this world, want to enjoy a game of this genre with a great atmosphere and where they will be able to meet the iconic heroes of LoL.

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NaviGames
8.5 / 10
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is perfect to complete what the League of Legends universe needed. It delves into the history of the characters and has an entertaining combat system.

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RPG Fan
84%
84%
Dec 14, 2021

A turn-based RPG fans will enjoy, though League fans will love.

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IGN Italy
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2021

By masterfully evolving a winning formula, adding the Riot touch to that of Madureira, Airship Syndicate proves once more that passion always makes the difference and that, sometimes, it helps to overcome some flaws.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
82 / 100
82 / 100
Dec 8, 2021

Despite the game has some negative elements in it, it manages to be a really successful production in general terms.

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IGN
8 / 10
IGN
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a deep turn-based RPG that lets us experience Runeterra from a whole new perspective and gives its characters room to grow.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 14, 2021

This new take on the well-established League of Legends universe serves as a high bar for further explorations into the lore.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10
8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a story-driven, turn based role-playing game (RPG). It features fan favorite champions, innovative turn-based combat and beautiful art direction.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 2, 2021

If you crave more after Arcane you’d do right by Airship Syndicate’s latest RPG outing. Even if you aren’t a League aficionado, you’ll feel right at home here it’s friendly to new players. You’ll just notice a bit more fan service here and there if you’re familiar with the universe.

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JVL
16 / 20
JVL
Top Critic
16 / 20
Dec 20, 2021

Despite a scenario without great scope, we are dealing here with a good RPG.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5
Jake Su
Top Critic
4 / 5.0
Nov 22, 2021

It is clear that Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a work of love, combining a well-written narrative, engaging characters, and a world worth exploring and experiencing. The combat elements add to a familiar formula, and the turn-based elements are not that hard for anyone to wrap their heads around. Save for a few yet annoying bugs and glitches, it is hard not to see Ruined King: A League of Legends Story as a bonafide breakout hit for Riot Forge and Airship Syndicate.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 1, 2021

Ruined King is an imaginative and comfortable RPG, even for players unfamiliar with League of Legends, but a lack of polish drags down the experience.

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Oyungezer Online
8 / 10
8 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2021

Ruined King is not only a spinoff game, it has managed to become an important example of its kind in its own right. If you're interested in the world of Runeterra, don't miss it.

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3DNews
8 / 10
8 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story surely will not enter the genre's hall of fame, but it definitely can captivate for a couple of evenings.

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Kakuchopurei
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 21, 2021

If anything, this title proves that Airship Syndicate can make a worthy JRPG that can run with the big boys of the Square Enix and Bandai Namco variety.

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PC Gamer
75 / 100
PC Gamer
Top Critic
75 / 100
Nov 30, 2021

Ruined King's innovative battle system is the highlight of an attractive but unexciting RPG.

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IGN Middle East
7.5 / 10
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2021

Ruined King is a very fun turn-based game that's enjoyable for both experienced and new comers, the story seems to be more enjoyable by LOL fans even though it's a good introduction for some of this fictional universe most famous characters, however, it might still get boring with some too stretched quests and not very good design to move around its world, and more importantly, there are some annoying tech issues that sometimes make the game unplayable.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10
GRYOnline.pl
Karol Laska
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2021

I’m hoping that the sequel will get developed. I hope it’s equally pleasant and full of ideas, but more focused. Right now, Ruined King seems like a small game that was supposed to be big or a big game that turned out surprisingly small. Whatever the case, it’s still a good and great-looking RPG.

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GameBlast
7.5 / 10
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is an RPG that lavishly executes the best features of the genre, but conservatism compromises its notoriety. The highlight, without a doubt, is the turn-based combat system, which offers many strategic options with its Lane mechanics and character customization. In addition, the heroes ooze charisma and captivate even those unfamiliar with Runeterra's legacy. Besides that, the title turns out to be a tepid RPG. There's even a lot of content to explore, but maps, puzzles and trivial missions make things tiresome. Furthermore, the pace is unnecessarily slow and technical issues hinder the fluidity of the adventure. In the end, Ruined King is competent and will mainly please League of Legends fans, however, it is far from unforgettable.

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Gamersky
7.4 / 10
Gamersky
一柳渡江
Top Critic
7.4 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2021

Riot's ambition to build the League of Legends universe is evident.

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Game Informer
7 / 10
7 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story might impress fans with its nuanced combat systems, but beyond that, Riot Games’ latest RPG is a mediocre experience at best.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 22, 2021

‎Without revolutionizing the genre, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story does everything it sets out to do very well. In this way, it will please both MOBA fans and those looking for a complete and content-packed turn-driven RPG.‎

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Attack of the Fanboy
3.5 / 5
Nov 22, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is not one to miss. This game will surprise you with its exciting dungeons, dynamic boss battles, one-of-a-kind combat mechanics, and charming characters.

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Washington Post
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 29, 2021

A turn-based RPG like “Ruined King” is the exact type of game I’d want to try out. Despite all of the headaches, I have a better understanding of Runeterra and the champions in it thanks to “Ruined King.” I like Braum’s buoyant optimism and Pyke’s deadpan demeanor. The next time I’m scrolling through the roster of champions on “League of Legends” or “Wild Rift,” I’ll give them a try.

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Enternity.gr
7 / 10
7 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2021

Although it lags behind in terms of graphics, it can well be considered a good title for fans of the genre.

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GamesCreed
3.5 / 5
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 9, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a game aimed towards the fans of the franchise. There is no doubt about it. It is possible that if you don’t care one bit about League of Legends you will overlook completely this game, and you wouldn’t be missing anything of significance in your life as a gamer.

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INDIANTVCZ
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 4, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story will keep you entertained for twenty to thirty hours if you stick with it. I was most bothered by the repetitive cycle: walking - talking - fighting. The game is good, but only good. The content and content of the title corresponds to the price tag of 30 euros on Steam.

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Checkpoint Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 16, 2021

With deep strategy elements found both inside and outside of combat, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story makes for an undeniably engaging and challenging adventure. Fans of League of Legends get to see the world of Ruenterra from a new lens and will be hooked by the endearing character moments found within the game’s story. Ruined King may not find the wide appeal that other League properties have managed, and some of the interactions found outside of combat are admittedly cumbersome, but it’s hard to deny the excitement and depth of content found within the turn-based battles of Ruined King.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
6.5 / 10
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2021

In the end, a terrific battle system and great art direction just aren't enough to save Ruined King: A League of Legends Story from its lackluster narrative, clunky UI, and a wide spectrum of bizarre technical issues on Nintendo Switch. Hardcore League of Legends fans and hardcore RPG mechanics enthusiasts will still enjoy the game, but everyone else is better off playing something else this holiday season.

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MondoXbox
8 / 100
8 / 100
Dec 12, 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story immerses us in the rich lore of League of Legends without the need to play the iconic MOBA on PC. Well-crafted characters and a very attractive audiovisual style can partially cover the shortcomings of a not particularly original JRPG-like gameplay and a story that doesn't dare to deviate too much from the existing lore. Nevertheless, this remains a good dive in Riot Games' saga, but also a good starting point, along with Wild Rift and the TV series Arcane, to introduce newcomers to this rich universe.

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