[Beyond PlayStation] SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca
SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca is a fun puzzle game set deep in the Amazon jungle. Learn more in our SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca review!
SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca is a puzzle game that draws some of its inspiration for the classic Q*bert, in that you must take thief brothers Sam and Jacky through puzzles in which you’ll have to step over square platforms that will change colors as you move over them. For this adventure, you’ll be exploring Kaktun’s pyramid in search of the mightiest of all treasures: The Jade Alpaca.
The controls for this puzzle game are very easy to understand, since you’ll be looking at the slab you’re going to jump to by moving your thief with the left analog stick â€“ with the help of the small yellow circle with a light blue ring around it -, to then jump to the selected slab by pressing the A button. If you think you’ve made a mistake, you can quickly rewind your last action by pressing the Y button.
The regular base slabs will be of a yellow color, and once you mark a slab by going over it, that yellow slaw will turn red. There is a reason why red is the color they will turn into because if you step on them again, you’ll die! Because of this, you can’t go back over a red slab, as it would be suicide. To clear a level, you must change all slabs on the stage to red, so that you can continue to the next lower area. Things start of very easy since the first handful of stages will have nothing but yellow base slabs, but the difficulty will soon ramp up.
You’ll then run into green slabs with purple dots which are multiple slabs, and what that means is that you’ll need to cross over them more than once to mark them and have them turn red. The dots they have over them, which resemble the dots you’d see on the faces of a die, mark how many times you need to go over them before they end up turning red. The next types of slab you’ll run into are the ones adorned with a glowing sun or a translucent moon. You’ll first need to mark the sun slab to illuminate the moon, and then step over the moons to clear the stage. You won’t be able to step over the moon slabs while they’re translucent, so do keep this in mind so that you don’t end jumping into a dead end! And once you run into orange slabs with arrowsâ€¦
Something else you’ll need to avoid is running into the ghost of Kaktun himself. For some of the stages, you will have a floating purple ghost that wears a mask, who will be following you as you jump around the slabs in a stage. Once you start moving over a few slabs, the ghost will start to chase you, following the path you’ve used to jump over all slabs. If you take too long to find the solution to that particular puzzle, then the ghost of Kaktun will catch up with you, and you’ll have to restart the puzzle.
With over 100 fun levels available between the single-player and the local co-op multiplayer sections of the game, SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca is an easy one to recommend on Nintendo Switch. The difficulty ramps up at a steady pace, with more and more new types of slabs added into the mix at a nice rhythm so that you can get the hang of things before the next new slab is added into a puzzle.
This SlabWell: The Quest For Kaktun’s Alpaca review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Undercoders.