A mix of cuteness, charm, and engaging exploration make this a winner
There’s nothing I enjoy more than titles that show up in my inbox practically unannounced, that I’ve never really heard of, and then go on to make an almost instant impression on me once I begin playing. To me, that’s the essence of what makes indie gaming so special, and while The Spirit and the Mouse may not be the most impressive title out there, its approachability, lack of urgency or impending doom, generally sweet sentiment, and smart stage design that rewards thorough exploration make it pretty special. Through a bit of a freak accident while trying to be helpful to someone, your mousey character gets pulled into helping a spirit named Lumion with his Earthly duties, which primarily concern helping humans with their troubles. Funny enough, most of these problems are mundane enough, but that’s also where the charm shines through a bit as regardless of how silly some of it can sometimes be you’ve still got a task to complete. You’ll need to wisely work out how best to use your abilities to grab sparks, fine little sprites called Kibblins, and restore power and happiness to the people of your small town. Whether you’re someone who just enjoys pleasant exploration or a gamer-in-the-making looking to get their feet wet without too much frustration this is a great addition to the Switch line-up.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.4]