Title: The Mystery of Woolley Mountain Review
Developer: Lightfoot Bros
Publisher: Huey Games
Genre: Adventure, RPG, Puzzle, Point & Click
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Audience: PEGI 7
Release Date: 10/04/19
Price: £9.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title. Currently £6.99 (-30%) until 31/05/19
What the Developers say
Funded on Kickstarter with backers including legend of the genre Ron Gilbert, The Mystery of Woolley Mountain is an otherworldly adventure game filled with strange beasts, evil witches, confused automatons and wacky ropemen.https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/The-Mystery-of-Woolley-Mountain-1529270.html
Join a renegade crew of time-travelling audio scientists on a hilarious and fantastical quest. A malevolent witch has captured a group of children, and it’s up to you to save them from the mysterious island of Woolley Mountain!
Explore a rich and interactive set of environments, filled with head-scratching puzzles. Unravel a salacious storyline, meet a cornucopia of quirky characters, and boogie on down to an awesome original soundtrack!
Colourful world: A fantastical sprawling universe, populated by beasts, witches, automatons, ropemen and other strange and wonderful beings.
Family content and all-ages humour: No swearing… well, maybe the word ‘darn’ on occasion!
Striking 2D graphics: Adventure Time meets the Simpsons in Wooley Mountain’s lovingly crafted art style.
Gripping story: The five scientists travel in their amazing time-traversing Crystal Submarine from island to island. Can they make it to the dangerous island of Woolley Mountain, destroy the evil witch, and rescue the kids?
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain is a point and click adventure game that was funded successfully on Kickstarter. Not all games reach their targets, so this tells you a lot about the team and their vision. I am a big fan of this genre of game, and so I was intrigued to play it. What mystery lies in wait on Woolley Mountain? Read on for my Rapid Review.
Audio & Visual
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain looks superb on the Nintendo Switch. The game feels like you’re walking around in a comic book. Each character is unique and has their little quirks and personalities. The locations also have a unique style and atmosphere. I particularly liked the moonlight reflecting on the water, and the underwater parts of the game are beautiful.
One of the highlights of The Mystery of Woolley Mountain was the voice acting. The characters deliver line after line of the humorous script exceptionally well. The soundtrack is also fantastic, and when you visit the Moonlight Tavern and witness a certain band, you’ll know what I mean. If you like the soundtrack of the game, you can purchase it on the following link, http://www.woolleymountain.com/merchandise.html.
Gameplay & Replayability
When you can’t put a game down, and you keep having just five more minutes, you know it’s a good game. Once I started the game, I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished the story. Talking of the story, all I will say is that it’s a little bonkers – there are evil witches, scientists, time travel, pipe smoking fish, and talking sea urchins! Yes, you read that correctly!
The gameplay is relatively straightforward; after all, this is a point and click adventure game. You can use the Joy-Cons to control the cursor. However, I felt that it was much more intuitive to use the touchscreen solely. It would have been nice to have been able to control the characters using the Joy-Cons, not just the cursor.
One of my only gripes with the game is that you will find yourself going back and fore to the same locations quite frequently. However, the game doesn’t become too monotonous because all of the pieces of the puzzles come together in the end.
Some of the puzzles do require a lot of thought and thinking outside the box. I found myself scratching my head quite a lot at some parts, but it was so rewarding once I’d figured it out. One piece of advice I would give you is to try and combine items in your inventory. Doing this either results in success or your character lambasting himself for being such an idiot!
What I liked about the game was that there is more often than not a clue to help you. When you do complete a puzzle or task, the game rewards you with a jingle and an onscreen message.
In regards to replayability, once you’ve completed the story, there won’t be much incentive to play through the game again. You’ll know that this is the case with pretty much all point and click adventure games so don’t let this put you off.
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain is an Indie gem of a game and one that I’m glad I spent the time to complete. It’s a game that makes you appreciate the time, love and dedication that goes into making a computer game. If you haven’t already bought and played The Mystery of Woolley Mountain, what are you waiting for?
Rapid Reviews UK Rating
You can purchase The Mystery of Woolley Mountain from the Nintendo eShop at the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/The-Mystery-of-Woolley-Mountain-1529270.html
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