While there have been quite a number of solid retro point-and-click adventures on Switch, none have quite had this flavor to them
Since there are an abundance of classic point-and-click inspired adventures out there on the eShop, the pressure is on to do what it takes to stand out. Starting with its art style, Whateverland does manage to do that, with a somewhat “dark” look and distinctively hand-drawn characters. For the most part that unique thread and more off-center tone and humor extend to the dialogue you’ll have with the characters you meet and even the puzzles to be solved. Mechanically under the hood there’s not much happening here that you couldn’t find elsewhere, but I suppose within the genre that’s not unusual… it’s a well-worn formula that works and outside of things like hint systems that some games attempt there’s not much room to innovate. With that in mind it really comes down to how well the look and tone gel with what the individual player is looking for. The writing is at least a bit above average, but you’ll absolutely have to be down with its darker edge and sense of humor in places. It does manage to stand out from the pack, but its method of doing so also may make it a miss for the wrong crowd.
Justin Nation, Score: