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Fresh Start

Developer: Awaken Realms

Publisher: Merge Games

  • Price: $19.99
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • While it is a calming and pro-environment experience, there’s already a more full-featured version on the eShop that’s better

    Have you ever played a game where you pretty much immediately got a sense of deja vu? That’s what happened to me with Fresh Start, which feels (and even pretty well looks) like a game I’ve already played and reviewed called No Place Like Home that I went to see if it was somehow made by the same development team. While the name of the developer appears to be different, there’s no denying that the core tasks here match up pretty well completely, with you sucking in water, breaking down piles of debris, and restoring things to a more nature-friendly state. The problem is, if anything this would have felt like a beta version of that game since its scope is significantly more limited. In that you could build objects and structures that would provide resources and other elements to add a bit more meat to the experience, where this is simply focused on cleaning up the environment you’re in, upgrading a bit to make things go quicker, and then moving onto the next location. It is at least relaxing in its own right, but there’s simply not much going on overall so it is lacking a bit in terms of satisfaction.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.8]

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