A strange mix of fuzzy charm, farming sim, and an aim to help people permeate this unusual adventure
Aka is one of those titles where it’s hard to put it squarely into a specific type of gameplay, aside from perhaps having some deep chilling out vibes. You’ll explore, craft, and cultivate both your crops and friendships with the denizens of the island you’ve tried to create a new and more peaceful life in, attempting to heal both yourself and others in the process. Quite open-ended, there’s a risk that you can feel a bit aimless if you look at it through the wrong lens, but in general the game’s approach is to have you discover every area and surprise at the pace you choose in the order you choose, providing you with quite a bit of freedom. Mechanically it’s not always as rock-solid as I’d like, though thankfully we’re not talking about an intense action-driven experience so it isn’t crippling, just for some tasks some guides to help with precision in knowing where you’re placing things or performing an action could go a long way to minimizing frustrations that may be small but can add up for people who like to keep things clean and tidy. If you’re looking for something to relax with, simply going with the flow and seeing where the game will take you, Aka is a pleasing choice.
Justin Nation, Score: