Lapis x Labyrinth Preview – Stacking Up the Fun

I love unique twists on genres. Especially when developers blend together a few ideas and create something so insane that ends up being loads of fun. This is why I see so much potential in NIS America’s newest action Lapis x Labyrinth, coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May 28.

During the NISA Press event, we had the opportunity to go hands-on with the upcoming action adventure game and experience some of the title’s modes and features for ourselves. Sure, at first glance the game looks adorable as heck, but after playing through a few missions, we discovered plenty of moments of fun that we can’t wait to play more of.

The idea is Lapis x Labyrinth is to stack characters on top of each other, head into a dungeon and fight monsters. All while collecting loads of loot. There are 8 classes and each character has a unique skill. The game allows 4 characters into the dungeon during missions so there’s a variety of combinations that players can choose from while creating their preferred party.

Although I got by with just mashing on the attack and skills buttons, there are deeper systems that players can learn to get the absolute most of this battle feature. Furthermore, each character gains level and skills that they can use in battle as well as a special skill that uses the EX Gauge.

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During missions, players will need too clear out monsters encountered throughout the dungeon as they collect loot and materials. Over time, the game will enter Fever Mode where the players are invisible and gems rain from all directions. What I found most impressive about this, on the Switch at least, was how well the handheld handled so much going on at one time. There seemed to be no framerate issues or input lag at all.

Gameplay revolves around accepting new missions and acquiring new loot. Leveling up is required to take on tougher missions and enemies, which we are told there are over 100 of. After each mission, the player is graded based on their time in the dungeon and skill in battle which grants them the chance to choose treasure after a successful mission.

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Lapis x Labyrinth has a lot going on that works well for a satisfying cute action game. However, the unique features of the game make it stand out as one that we just have to play more of. It’s easy to see that the game’s art direction is adorable, but it’s the gameplay loop of leveling up characters, taking on missions, and acquiring loot that will carry this game in the long run.

As it stands, we are excited to play more of Lapis x Labyrinth and spend time in the later parts of the game.


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