**Please note - This review was written after earning all the achievements in both the base game and the DLC**
Riverbond is one of those games that if you have XGP (Xbox Game Pass) you see and think, oh, quick completion and you download it. I expected to find a fairly simple game, with very little that would actually entertain me. Just grinding it out for the Gamerscore. Well I was actually pleasantly surprised. I have to admit, I didn't really read too much of the dialogue, as such, I am sure there is a brilliant story here I missed out on, and in all honesty, I could see myself replaying to hear it! What I did read however was decent and well written.
I'll admit it now, I am in camp "Downloaded as its on XGP and I wanted chevos". So my review of the game is actually going to look at it from that perspective. How fun was it to complete? Very. I genuinely enjoyed Riverbond, it has a charm about it that I haven't felt with a game, and not one moment I spent playing it felt like a grind. Maybe thats because with 57 Achievements, your next one was always just around the corner, or perhaps its just I enjoyed how this game works, its shorter style levels, split up into adventures with a boss at the end.
I loved the multitude of skins available to customise your character with, along with the vast array of weapons at your disposal. This does however bring my onto my first negative. Not being able to keep your weapons from adventure to adventure. I get why, as the highscore system may be a little easier to cheese if you can just collect all the best weapons in one adventure and use them forever. However by the time you get to adventure 6/7, the amount of enemies starts pilling up, as does their HP. Really, the starting couple of weapons begin to not cut the mustard at that moment. This in a way could be a positive, as Riverbond therefore forces you to look out for better and other weapons to increase your damage, and help you along the way.
The other negative I have is the repetitiveness of the actions the game gets you to perform. Most are either "hold Y", "Kill x/x things" or a variation of these two objectives. After a while that does get a little much. Yet, I did keep playing it all through in a sitting.. so there must be an addictiveness to this game.
All in all, I would rate Riverbond a solid 3/5. Its not your average XGP game, but it isn't going to rock your world either.