Can you make the crucial decisions it takes to save your friends and your struggling town?
While it’s no doubt easy to initially get sucked in by the terrific art style Beacon Pines boasts, thankfully it’s the characters and the story that will really keep you hooked. While I’ve played quite a number of narratively-driven titles on the Switch there have been none with as smart, and effective, a hook as we have here. At crucial points in the story you’ll often have the ability to make a decision that will often lead to some sort of ending, but the good news is that you’ll be able to return to that point and play it out differently to keep things going. In some cases early on there’s actually no avoiding an end, but you’ll acquire the means to success through your failures so it works out in the end. Perhaps it’s just me remembering a childhood spent reading every Choose Your Own Adventure book I could find, but each story turn, whether good or bad, tended to make for quite a ride so either way it continued to grow in richness regardless. If you’re a big fan of terrific storytelling as well as relatable and fun characters this is a title that’s very easy to recommend.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.7]