While more hardened gamers will likely want to steer clear this mix of pet sim elements and mini games is a more casual treat
Even though there’s a fairly wide segment of gamers out there who’d consider all Nintendo consoles to essentially be “kiddie systems” in truth the vast majority of titles on the system aren’t particularly accessible to novices. Especially given that Nintendo has failed to follow up with sequels to some of their own more casual-friendly titles in general indie developers have been tapped to try to flesh out the space. Aside from being cute and generally well-implemented, what really makes Cuddly Forest Friends worthwhile is that it covers a few different styles of play rather than just sticking to one, and (even better) for the most part it does a good job in each of them. While a variety of pet care sims have come to the Switch, unfortunately most of them have been lacking in depth beyond more basic features you’d expect. Forest Friends not only brings most of that care aspect to the table, it also includes a number of mini games that are, on average, better than expected given much of its competition. While “hardcore” folks won’t likely give any of that any consideration for families with younger kids or newer gamers will likely find it very approachable.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.1]