Sometimes there are games out there on Switch where you load them up and from the time you start playing your face takes on a sort of perplexed “Whaaa?” look until you stop. That’s where I land with Laraan, a title where there are obviously some attempts at lore around you but generally sticks to you running around in large spaces wondering where you’re going, why, and how this was necessarily intended to be “fun”. Sure, its low-poly look has some charm and the music gives everything a sort of epic feel but there’s simply not a lot to do or get excited about. Then, even when it throws you a bone with something a bit different the issues with the pretty wonky controls kick in, throwing water even on variety being fun. In the end this feels a bit like a class project that demonstrates a game can be made but there’s just nothing to make it compelling to play.
Justin Nation, Score: