Developer: Baba Yaga Games
Publisher: Sometimes You
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Adventure, Puzzle & Education
Release Date: 9th of March, 2018 (EU & NA)
Why read a children’s book, when you can instead play one?
Already out on Steam for $2.99 and coming next month (March 2018,) to Nintendo Switch for $4.99 thanks to Sometimes You, the intriguing One Eyed Kutkh is a game to be excited about, if you happen to have some young gamers to attend to. As an experimental project by Russia based developer Baba Yaga Games, One Eyed Kutkh is a charming point and click adventure that fuses theatrical performance with an animated film, which just so happens to have the visual appearance of a children’s book that many of us grew up with.
It is a game inspired by Northern myths and is not so much about overcoming the game’s many but minor obstacles, but about “the possibility to see the world through the eyes of heroes.” In a lot of ways, it is quite like NORTH, another title Sometimes You are bringing to the Nintendo Switch next month, except its more laid back, child-friendly and is a little more openly explanatory, with regards to where you need to go and how to get there. This doesn’t mean everything is bluntly pointed out, as there are some things you will need to look out for, as some instances will have you scratching your noggin for a second or two, but every answer soon becomes apparent and if you need a little longer than most to figure it out, then you’re going about it the right way.
Unlike NORTH, One Eyed Kutkh has a saving system, which autosaves at the beginning of each segment, but it’s unnecessary as being the short little game that it is, it can take you less than 30 minutes to beat it if you’re rushing. However, because it is a beautiful game, with a gentle soundtrack and a small alien environment for you to explore, due to the fact that one of the game’s two playable characters has just crashed landed on the planet and the events of One Eyed Kutkh, is of the two characters ultimately helping repaired the one eyed alien’s ship, so that he can go home, but not before having a little bit of fun with the sun and the moon.
For such a short game, with an easy on the eye art style that feels wholesome and becoming thanks to the soft, yet soothing soundtrack, even though there is no dialogue, in the such short twice I experienced the game in its entirety twice, the characters and animals are endeared, which only speaks to the experience that is to be had here. Even if you are not a child yourself, but an adult, there is a charming quality to One Eyed Kutkh that can be enjoyed regardless. If you are going to let children play it though, you might want to ensure they have clean hands as Pro Controller isn’t supported and handled is the best way to go thanks to touch-screen controls.
Obviously you can play with your Joy-Con Grip, whilst your Switch is docked, but One Eyed Kutkh is much smoother in handheld and since you’re only tapping to move in the occasional direction, interact with an object or two and dragging an image when thought bubbles are presented, I doubt you’ll be burning a hole in the screen due to excessive tapping anytime soon. In the event that you do, just means you’re completely infatuated with the events of One Eyed Kutkh and the happenings of the World Tree and if you are, so what? There are worse games you could fall in love with!
Minimal content and possible overpriced price-tag aside, One Eyed Kutkh comes across as being one of those games that will strike a chord with those who are still a child at heart. It is bittersweet, it is a tale about going home, not giving up in the meantime and they’re not exactly the worst morals a game could teach young minds are they? Sure, games like Fe blow this one out of the water, but minimal or not, there is something special about One Eyed Kutkh, but it’s only something you will experience, if you try it for yourself and I for one am glad I did!
THE VERDICT: 6/10
*Review Key Provided by Sometimes You
This post was written by Solid Jack