Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading.

In this explanatory review, we’re covering Adore by developer Cadabra Games:


Adore (The Explanation)

Adore for the Nintendo Switch is a refreshing take on the monster-taming genre that will keep you hooked with its real-time gameplay and innovative creature control system. You play as the Lukha embarking on an exciting journey where you summon and command creatures to battle by your side, and this is where Adore truly shines. Adore shares a few similarities to the Pokémon games with its unique creature designs and capture-style gameplay mechanic, but the similarities end there.


The core of Adore‘s gameplay lies in its real-time action, which sets it apart from traditional turn-based monster-taming games. This dynamic approach injects a sense of urgency and excitement into battles, making every encounter feel engaging and unpredictable. The ability to dodge and weave in real-time adds an element of skill and strategy to the mix, making each skirmish a thrilling experience. The game tasks you with missions and objectives such as capturing a set number of monsters, acquiring artifacts to enhance skills, and making meals.  


One of Adore‘s standout features is its creature customization system. Each creature you capture has unique characteristics and abilities, allowing you to build a team that suits your preferred playstyle. The game encourages experimentation, as you can mix and match creatures to create powerful synergies. These synergies unlock extra abilities or modify your creatures, adding depth to the gameplay and giving you a wide range of strategic options.


To further enhance your creatures, Adore introduces Traits and Special Abilities. Hunting for statues of Draknar, the god of creatures, to acquire traits makes your creatures truly unique. These traits can significantly impact battles, making your team even more formidable. Special Abilities, on the other hand, add a layer of tactical decision-making. You’ll need to carefully time when to unleash these powerful moves for maximum impact, adding an additional strategic element to the game.


Adore incorporates Runes and Artifacts, allowing you to equip and upgrade your creatures with special items that complement their strengths. This adds an RPG element to the game, as you constantly seek the best gear to enhance your team’s performance. There is also a cooking mechanic in the game, where you gather ingredients during your adventures to create dishes that provide various benefits to you and your creatures. This adds a delightful and unique aspect to the game, emphasizing the importance of exploration beyond combat.


Visually, Adore is a treat with its charming art style and well-designed creatures. The world is inviting and full of mysteries to uncover, making exploration an enjoyable aspect of the game. There are 2D and 3D loading screens and cut scenes which are all well done and show a great deal of detail. It is great to see indie titles like Adore put together a story-based game with animation and art.


In conclusion, Adore on the Nintendo Switch offers an exciting and innovative take on the monster-taming genre. Its real-time gameplay, creature customization, and strategic depth make it a must-play for fans of the genre. With its unique features like the Synergy System and cooking mechanic, Adore offers a fresh and engaging experience that will keep you coming back for more. So, dive into the world of Adore, collect creatures, build your team, and prepare for an adventure like no other!



Adore (The Gameplay)

Game Specifications:

AdoreDeveloper: Cadabra Games
Publisher: QUByte Interactive
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, Other
No. of Players: 1 (Single System)
Release Date: NA|EU: August 3, 2023
File Size: 1.7 GB Listing

By jonathanober

Jonathan is a husband to Leigh, father to Morgyn and Bailey, an avid WordPress user, a website designer/developer, Eagles football fan, and a video gamer. Jonathan cut his teeth on the Commodore 64, NES, and Gameboy and hasn't looked back since. Jonathan has owned nearly ever Nintendo system and handheld to date. His favorite series include: Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong.

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