Monday, September 3

Review: Sigi - A Fart for Melusina [Nintendo Switch eShop]


There’s no doubt that platformers are pretty well a staple genre for any Nintendo fan. Though obviously their own titles are the high bar that others strive for, there is always room on the lower end of the spectrum for competent budget titles that can deliver some fun. This is roughly where Sigi: A Fart for Melusina comes in. It may be far from the best platformer you’ll play on the system but there’s no doubt that for people who are starved for bite-sized platforming fun it’s a decent title, even if very brief.


There’s not much to know to get started aside from the fact that Sigi is a knight in search of a maiden, and who is smitten with the mermaid Melusina. Determined to get her by his side he sets off on a silly quest to defeat a horde of various monsters, take down challenging bosses, and eat a fair amount of greasy foods that will make him gassy. You’ll quickly learn to destroy anything you can and to keep an eye (and ear) out for clues to where hidden passages may be.


Though the game isn’t terribly long (the game’s own page admits it could be speed run in 30 minutes or beaten in an hour at a more deliberate pace) and typically isn’t terribly challenging over the course of the levels the boss fights themselves are where the difficulty tends to spike. You’ll likely survive most of these encounters but what you’ll find is that the game is mostly about trying to collect as many lives as you can so that when you hit the boss battles (in particular the final one) you’ll be able to make it through. While the controls aren’t quite perfect they normally work out fine but these issues put together with the pretty cheap boss fights can sometimes make for some frustrations over unnecessary deaths where you’re just getting spammed a bit.


By no means is Sigi a perfect or even great platformer, but given its humble aspirations (and price) it’s a pretty decent experience from start to finish. There’s some weapon variety, surprises, and the elements it borrows from a few different series are smart but never derivative. If you’re feeling in the mood for a quick and satisfying bite of greasy video game fast food Sigi is a decent guilty pleasure.


Score: 7.5

Pros:
  • Quick and light platforming gameplay
  • Plenty of secret areas to be found
  • Thoroughly silly, if that appeals to you

Cons:
  • The controls aren’t quite perfect
  • Boss fights are more often a matter of overcoming how cheap they are than being “good”
  • With the short time to play through unless you’re looking to speedrun it for laughs it likely has little longevity