Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Fights in Tight Spaces. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.
This time, we're looking at the unexpected idle rpg Loop Hero that has shot up toward the top of the sales charts since it launched just a few days ago. It's a game where you build your own perilous quest around a hero as they trek along a circular path. Each run starts with a few slimes for your hero to auto-attack, but killing them rewards you with gear and environmental features you can start placing to heighten the potential risk and reward of each new lap. Your ultimate goal is to collect as much loot as possible in these runs so you can try to reconstruct a world you don't quite remember.
All of the character movement and combat in Loop Hero runs automatically, so your main focus in the game is on equipping new gear and placing new environmental cards, all of which can be done conveniently in a "planning mode" which pauses all the action while you plot your next steps. This setup makes it one of the most natural-feeling Steam Link Spotlight picks, as using the app's direct mouse control perfectly emulates the tapping and dragging moves of other mobile card games.
Loop Hero isn't just about doing as many laps as possible. If you decide the challenge gets too tough, you can bow out at any time to take any resources you've earned to unlock upgrades, new classes, etc. before trying again. That said, you can only take all of the things you've earned back if you decide to leave when you're near your campfire starting point. Otherwise, you'll have to sacrifice a significant percentage of your earnings.
The focus on replayability and turn-based strategic decision-making really makes Loop Hero one of the strongest entries in our Steam Link Spotlight series to-date. It's just a shame it isn't already on mobile. Make it so Four Quarters!