While perhaps the presentation shines over the, at times, QuickTime Event-style action, it has some charm as well
Games that have come to the Switch from Apple Arcade have been pretty interesting in their variety, and even if they’ve not always been favorites of mine they’ve tended to at least have some polish. Little Orpheus is one such surprise, and while its gameplay is more on the limited side as you’ll make your character jump, duck, climb, and swing in situations that feel reminiscent of classics like Out of this World, it works pretty well. What really sold me on the game has more to do with its episodic nature (which makes for some great cliffhanger moments), the odd set of environments and situations you find yourself in, and the terrific narration as your character relays this weird and fantastic story while essentially being interrogated. This all comes together to make it a pretty memorable and highly-accessible experience where the real hook may be to simply see what happens next, and the gameplay is well-implemented enough that the action to keep it going remains engaging even if not terribly challenging.
Justin Nation, Score: