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 Mail Time by developer Appelmoes Games B.V:
Mail Time (The Explanation)
Mail Time delivered on Nintendo Switch this Fall and I am here to share my thoughts in this EXPlay. The indie game boils down to an exploration fetch quest style game that puts you in the role of an up-and-coming postal worker looking to complete their training by delivering a letter to Greg. Your character and the world around you is one of grand scale in terms of you being a small humanoid tiny-person that lives and works amongst a varied cast of woodland creatures.
From the start of the game, you will jump into the character creator selecting from a variety of hairstyles, hair colors, skin tones, outfit colors, backpacks, and more. After that, you jump right into the game where Janet will send you on your adventure. Your main role is as a postal worker set out on your first solo
Due to your lack of size and the ability you have to talk to animals in the world, the quirky task of helping out the forest citizens has you trekking through trees, hopping across mushrooms, and maneuvering through flowers. In the opening session of my EXPlay, the overall gameplay is fetching things for other residents learning more about Greg’s location, and getting your first delivery completed.
Along your journey, you will need to keep track of where the residents can be found as the game doesn’t have a map. Each animal critter you will meet will dialogue with you through text pop-ups along with a 2D illustration of the critter while you chat back and forth. The writing within the dialogue is witty and full of more than just “go here and do that” kind of tasks as the inhabitants let you in on their lives and share more about their needs and the world they live in.
Where Mail Time shines is within the art style. Overall, the game feels like a children’s book come to life with a colorful world grounded within the dark line art. Along with the artistic design, Mail Time also weaves in a unique soundtrack that fits with each of the locations you will visit. The transitions to the various set pieces also help in locating residents as you subconsciously tie the music and design of the world together aiding in finding your path.
While Mail Time is simplistic in its story and gameplay is mostly just taking items given to you to the animal critter in need, my time in the game was enjoyable. I may not be the ideal demographic for Mail Time but as a small indie game that can be completed in a few hours, younger gamers and those that enjoy indie gems will find it to be quite enjoyable. If you are looking for a small game similar in scope and scale to games like A Short Hike, Mail Time should be the next indie game in your Switch library.
Mail Time (The Gameplay)
Developer: Appelmoes Games B.V
Publisher: Freedom Games
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
No. of Players: 1 (Single System)
Release Date: NA|EU: October 19, 2023
File Size: 1.8 GB