I played (and completed) this game on a rather bumpy flight and it was more than enough to keep my mind off the unexpected “rough air” we were experiencing.
It’s supposed to be a point-and-click game, but after a few minutes of trying to click on small icons on the Switch’s screen, I immediately decided to use the d-pad. You can also use the analogue stick but this just puts a cursor onto the screen, something I’ve never been fond of.
I was immediately intrigued by the game’s visual style and sound design. It looks and sounds like a bedtime story brought to life and it was exactly what I needed as the plane decided to throw me from side to side of my feet (at least after the intro where your protagonist crashes their spaceship!).
I found the lack of text in the menus rather confusing as they’re all vague-yet-adorable icons and I had to click on each thing once to see what it actually does. However, once the game got going, I was drawn into the world and happily played through it.
There are puzzles in the game, but the simplest ones are little more than going one way, realising it’s not the right way, and then going the other way. The hardest puzzles (and that’s being kind) are the kinds of jigsaws that my 7-year-old brother could manage without any problems.
Think of this game as a pop-up book for the digital age. I’m not going to argue whether or not this is a game but rather tell you that you shouldn’t expect your thumbs to be tired after playing it.
At around three-quarters of an hour, this game is even shorter than An Old Man’s Journey, another game I really enjoyed. That said, this isn’t a problem for me, but I think anyone looking to buy it should know that’s what they’re getting for their money.
If they’re happy to pay the small asking price for the game, One Eyed Kutkh looks nice, sounds nice, won’t challenge you, and can be finished quicker than an episode of a Netflix drama.
It’s certainly cheap enough to warrant supporting some indie devs who clearly have a lot of talent, especially when it comes to visuals.
For full disclosure, I got One Eyed Kutkh for free as part of #IndieSelect (something anyone interested in indie games should check out). That said, I’m under no obligation to say anything nice about the game.