While it has quirky characters and some charm, the degree of puzzle obscurity without aid knocks it down a few pegs
With an abundance of choices in the Switch eShop for quirky point-and-click adventures out there, standing out can be a challenge. Where Mutropolis makes some headway is with its pretty distinctive visual style, which feels like it has retro roots as inspiration but upgrades the resolution to take on a more animated look and feel. Similarly, the game’s hodgepodge of characters are brought to life reasonably well with solid writing and generally spot-on voice acting. Where it falters, and since this is a key component of the experience it’s a bit crippling, is in the game’s puzzles which range from mildly baffling to outright obscure. It’s not always that you don’t have ideas on how you may proceed, but sometimes the steps it will take to get to a resolution feel quite bizarre. That leaves you with the choice to burn far too much time revisiting things you’ve already done to be sure you didn’t miss some detail or simply looking for a guide or walkthrough to get over the hump. While this is a problem hardly unique to this specific title, with there being no means of getting in-game assistance even attempted it makes it a tougher experience to recommend amongst its peers.
Justin Nation, Score: