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

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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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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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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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84%
Dec 14, 2021

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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