Starting off our Maglam Lord review, the game is set just after the defeat of the Demon Lord, as the world finally knows peace. Only after you’re resurrected by Satyus and Balgackwein are you introduced to the peaceful, almost utopian world. You learn that you are an endangered species with a goal to prevent it by getting married.
An original new IP, Maglam Lord sets to make it’s own path with unforgettable characters, fun interactions, and simple gameplay. A full featured game with voice acting, RPG elements, and fun story all come in this nicely done up package of a game. How does it hold up throughout? Find out in our Maglam Lord review!
Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Release Date: February 4, 2022 (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4), May 30, 2022 (Steam)
Price: $39.99 USD
Killizerk, the Demon Lord, had brought chaos to Eusdeal and fought the God of the world. In defeat, they were put into a dormant sleeping state. Saved by their retainer and servant, they are once again given life with some memory loss.
Upon waking up, Mamie, the Protective Overseer from the Administration, helps maintain order by keeping tabs on their actions.
Arcadio, a world of peace, has long forgotten about the world of Gods and Demon Lords. Learning this also explains that you are the last of your species; with no other choices left, you must get married to keep your bloodline going.
The story allows you to choose either a male or female Killizerk and experience the voice acting of both versions.
You’ll meet some unforgettable characters along your way including Love Guru G.G. It’s an almost barebones story but does feature a lot of visual novel style presentations so it’s easy to follow.
When not watching the story in Maglam Lord unfold, there are segments of combat with monsters and other creatures on a 2.5D field. Hack and slash is front and center and even gives off numbered damage totals.
This introduces the RPG elements attached to the combat; leveling up weapons and using buffs. Sometimes the combat can feel a little too easy, especially when you can quickly figure out the leveling up of weapons.
Visual novel scenes have you choose your answers via Cool, Demonic, or Funny dialogue. This will change the dialogue you receive back and the ending you get.
Maglam Lord’s dialogue bits are geared towards you making multiple runs with the different choices but can be skipped through because of the nature of the game.
The more you play, the more characters you meet that will be added to your party. It’s notable that each character does play differently, due to different weapon types – adding a little more to hacking and slashing.
There isn’t much in the way of gameplay, however and segments when you do get them are refreshing where you’re not stuck with the same visual novel cutscenes.
What could be described as “mobile game graphics” is actually not that much of a big deal. The colors are vibrant and the art style are all presentable and cute.
The character designs in Maglam Lord are also distinctive enough that every one is unique and stylish. UI elements are very simple and easy to read and understand. Most other games in the same space use the same font from what I could tell, most likely due to legibility.
Cheerful and clam most of the time, music in Maglam Lord makes this a more chill experience than other games. It’s meant to soothe and help you relax while you enjoy the story, at least that’s how I felt.
95% of the game is also fully voiced in cutscenes and battle segments, so it’s easy to just put on auto and read along. While nothing good stands out for huge praise, nothing stands out as bad in any of these departments.
Doing our Maglam Lord review felt like the game amalgamates into an original experience that’s like a step back in time. I remember starting up something like Hyperdimension Neptunia for the first time on the PS3 and getting to the Noire fight and losing horribly. Minus the boss fight, Maglam Lord is a treat to play through and enjoy.
Maglam Lord is a simple story with unforgettable characters who you will meet and argue or fight alongside with. While Maglam Lord is a shorter experience for sure, it’s definitely a fun ride of fighting and love. Dialogue is quirky and funny especially with the voice acting on top of it.
Maglam Lord was reviewed with a review code from PQube. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here. Maglam Lord is available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and soon for Windows PC (via Steam) on May 30th.