The family that slays together stays together.

There’s absolutely no shortage of excellent retro-pixel style roguelikes and rogue-lites on Switch, with the likes of Enter the Gungeon, The Binding of Isaac, Crypt of the Necrodancer and Dead Cells being just a few of those that stand out as must-plays on Nintendo’s console. Dead Mage’s Children of Morta makes a valiant attempt to join this exclusive list of titles with a truly gorgeous pixel art-style, addictive combat and unique family-driven set-up that sees you take control of various members of the Bergson clan as they attempt to stem the tide of an evil corruption that’s spread across the land from the summit of Mount Morta.

For the most part, Children of Morta’s family set-up works pretty well; it does stumble a little to begin with as you only have access to a few characters who aren’t the strongest of the bunch – we’re looking at you, John – and you’ll need to grind early dungeons in order to unlock others, but once things get going there’s a lot to enjoy here, even if the narrative is a little simplistic and the whole thing is over a bit quicker than we might have expected.

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