Last Stand Delivery Review — Cutest Way to Valhalla

Considering its modest price, Last Stand Delivery offers exceptional value as a puzzle game.
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Last Stand Delivery is an adorable puzzle game about sending spirits to glorious deaths by combat. Inspired by Japanese classics of the cassette-type era, this adorable little game brings modern graphics to a tried and true format that should keep you occupied through each challenging level. Although the story is somewhat difficult to decipher, it likely won’t be a major concern for puzzle gamers.

Last Stand Delivery proudly claims to be a Sokoban-like title. For those who don’t know, Sokoban is a Japanese computer puzzle game from the 1980s. I affectionately referred to this as the cassette-type era in the previous paragraph. Because Sokoban was literally distributed on cassette tapes for the PC-8800 series, can you imagine that?

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If a 2023 title is referring to itself as Sokoban-like, you have to imagine the gameplay of this 1980s classic has to be fairly timeless, and it is. Sokoban, which means Warehouse Keeper, is a puzzle game about using careful navigation to move different crates into the right spot in a warehouse.

Players navigate a board of squares, restricted to horizontal and vertical movements across unoccupied squares, avoiding walls and boxes. To shift a box, the player approaches it and pushes it to an adjacent square. Pulling or pushing boxes into squares containing walls or other boxes is not allowed. The puzzle is successfully completed when all boxes are strategically positioned at the designated storage locations, which match the total number of boxes.

Now imagine replacing Sokoban’s boxes with monsters, and you have a solid idea of how Last Stand Delivery plays.

In Last Stand Delivery, you play as a cute, friendly devil who cares for what seems to be souls on their way to the afterlife. The story is somewhat obscured due to imperfect localization throughout the game, making some written sentences difficult to understand fully.

What you can decipher, however, is that the various knights, zombies, and slimes put under your care all want one thing: to go to Valhalla.

For those unaware, Valhalla is a Norse myth from antiquity, a supposed afterlife one can only gain access to if one achieves death through battle. Seeing that these souls want nothing more than to gain access to this promised land and are all under your care, so it’s up to you to send them there.

Rather than slaying them with your epic demon powers (which I assume you have), it is up to you to play a game of Sokoban. The mechanics are fundamentally the same. You push creatures from two different factions into each other to have them fight. A game is won when there are no creatures left on the board besides you, of course.

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Subtle differences change the game from its 1980s inspiration. Different units have different attack, defense, and health numbers, which determine how they fare in combat with each other. Part of the puzzle is ensuring each character has enough of each stat to ultimately end in a stalemate, supplemented by swords, shields, and different terrain types on the map.

I had a fever while finishing my playthrough of Last Stand Delivery, so math was a big no-no, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the game.

Each puzzle is presented with simple, elegant, and charming pixel graphics. Though there are a lot of reused sprites, each one has a ton of life and character presented through their designs and subtle animations. On top of that, between each level, you get a chance to talk with the many minions you meet in game, with some cute banter making you grow closer even to the lowest level slime.

For a game with such a gruesome premise, cute is the best word I think there is to describe it. The whole game is so adorable and wholesome, which gives a lot to the relaxing nature of the title.

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Relaxing though it may be, the game is certainly not without challenges. As early as the fourth level, I found it difficult to proceed. The simplicity of the Sokoban-style gameplay combined with the game’s own clever twists on the formula makes for a puzzle game where every step you take can be the difference between solving the puzzle or failing to proceed. Also, the game gives you bonus stars for completing as few steps as possible, cleverly incentivizing minimalistic and careful movement.

Though the game can be puzzling (no pun intended), it never becomes frustrating. This is largely due to how easy the Undo and Restart options are, featuring no load screens or punishments if you have to retry a level. Being able to undo a mistake instantly was incredibly helpful when I found myself making the same mistake repeatedly.

There are a few things you could ask Last Stand Delivery to do better on. More unit variety, an increase to the musical tracks available (there are only two, with some bird noises as a third option), and some variety on the backdrop of maps or scenery, for example. However, in my humble opinion, Last Stand Delivery delivers plenty and more, especially for its price point.

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The game features about 36 levels, with a few alternate endings incentivizing some replayability. Modestly priced at $6.99, Last Stand Delivery will surely be a puzzle game where you find at least a few weekends of relaxing enjoyment for a price that can’t be beaten.

The Final Word

Last Stand Delivery is a cute puzzle game about sending souls to Valhalla. Inspired by classics and featuring a wealth of content for its modest price point, you’re sure to have a carefree, enjoyable time with this relaxing yet challenging puzzle title.

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Last Stand Delivery was reviewed on the PC. Find more detailed looks at popular and upcoming titles in the Game Reviews section of our website! Last Stand Delivery is available on Steam.

Erik Hodges

Erik Hodges

Erik Hodges is a hobby writer and a professional gamer, at least if you asked him. He has been writing fiction for over 12 years and gaming practically since birth, so he knows exactly what to nitpick when dissecting a game's story. When he isn't reviewing games, he's probably playing them.

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