Monday, 11 February 2019 13:07

REVIEW: Reverie: Sweet As Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Written by CR34MY CR4Y0N
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This is a first for me that I’m aware of, playing a game that’s developed and published by a Qiwi company, they’re called Rainbite/Rainbite Limited. These guys might seem like a small team but I wouldn’t have guessed it from playing.

Little fact Australia and New Zealand are two completely different country’s. I say this because most Americans think, ‘oh you are all the same’ Well that must mean USA and Canada are the same? The point I’m getting at is this game is based on New Zealand history and set on a fictional New Zealand island, but some characters say things that are Australian slangs.

The story of Reverie: Sweet As Edition is set in a fictional island over the shores of Australia in New Zealand. You could guess all day what the game was based on but if your judging from its front cover you’d never guess it's based on a Maori legend. You’ll collect feathers from native New Zealand birds and go through six dungeons, you’ll face some strange bosses too.

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When moving around I found that the D-Pad was so much easier to use over the left stick. Walking around you’ll need to defend yourself from critters and other strange enemies like washing machines that shoot clothes at you, but you’ll also be able to, and should pick up collectables that’ll resupply your weapons and other items like keys and feathers.

Playing Reverie: Sweet As Edition is a pretty laid back game. You’ll need to solve puzzles, so some concentration is needed. You’ll be able to go inside buildings or walk around freely for that most part. The outside world is very much alive, you’ll see trees and buildings along with grass and ponds, and plenty of wildlife and bugs.

When galavanting around you’ll come across signs, they're blurry, but once you approach them and press a button a direction is shown, if it's left, right or ahead of you. There is a map that can be looked at which can be helpful but at the same time this game really can become frustrating when you’re unable to know how to get to a specific location. There are times when you’ll be thrown into digital mini games that have a nostalgic 80’s look to them, these moments are fun but are short lived.

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The Nintendo Switch isn’t a console that pushes the limits of visuals, anyone who owns one knows this, and we as owners are fine with that. Reverie: Sweet As Edition is a colourful game that is so crisp and clear it just looks so good playing in handheld mode, which seems to look a touch better, but playing on a flat screen the game still looked just as good. The visuals are in the form of pixels, think retro, but a much clearer picture. While on your adventure you must consider health, luckily health is shown on the HUD, along with weapons and keys you collect. As for the music, I couldn’t stand it, I basically muted my Switch/TV just so I didn’t have to hear it. One word to describe it would be R-E-P-E-A-T-I-V-E...

Was I expecting a spectacular game? No! But what it was didn’t have me wanting to stick around for long. It was however nice to see a game based in New Zealand. The fact a small team made this game, I have to give them credit.

Pros:-

1. Frequent save points
2. Colourful visuals

Cons:-

1. Music is sadly repetitive
2. Nothing really stands out for this game (from others in the genre)
3. Getting to some areas can be hard to figure out

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Rainbite
  • Genre: Action / Adventure