It’s always a shame when you run into a title that has obviously put a great deal of effort into looking and feeling a bit different, making it feel noteworthy, but then drops the ball in some way. I walked away from Growbot with this sort of feeling, and it was a bit of a surprise since I usually appreciate games that are a bit odd and choose to go their own way. In this case though I guess it jumped past simply being odd or quirky and entered the realm of perplexing with its story, style of point-and-click puzzles, and what felt like quite a bit of weird jargon you’re expected to read and absorb to understand what the game was expecting you to do. Quite a few times success came not from confidently solving the problems being presented, but by merely persisting long enough to succeed by brute force. I suppose that’s an accomplishment and progress, but honestly so much of the in-game text to go with the experience felt like weirdo sci-fi gibberish, which then also took me out of the experience. If you adore style, and aren’t concerned that perhaps not-so-hot substance is paired with it, this may have appeal since it has a unique look and feel to it, just otherwise you’ll find less perplexing fare in abundance in the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score: