An odd mix of a lot of exploring, taking photos, and trying to solve a variety of pretty unusual mysteries in a rural town
There are some games where enjoyment, more likely than not, comes down to whether or not you’re into its quirky sensibilities. The Good Life feels like a pretty good example of that. There’s no doubt that the mystery of the town you’re in starts out a bit odd but strong since it’s just odd, but the problem comes in with what you do from that point on. In many ways, this feels like a collection of gameplay ideas that never clearly gels, and part of the problem is that some elements like farming and crafting can play a role in things, but feel a bit neglected in their implementation. Another issue is that while at times the town can seem more interesting, much of the time when you’re walking around (which you’ll do a fair amount of) it can feel empty and quite dead as well. All that said, if you find you click with the characters, enjoy some of the weirdness of being able to change forms to accomplish some tasks, and don’t mind the often slow-ish pace of things it may be worth a look.
Justin Nation, Score: