[PlayStation 4] Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey Review
Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey is a puzzle platformer by Proud Dinosaurs and EastAsiaSoft about a mother trying to find her way back to her children. Find out if it’s worth playing in our Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey review!
Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey starts with a mother and her children as they witness the biggest hurricane the land has ever seen. As the water continues to pour from the sky, the land is flooded, and the mother is separated from her children. Seeing they are safe before she falls, she at least knows the flood hasn’t taken them… but she now wants to find her way back to them. Early on in the story, she’ll meet with a wizard that will grant her his magical powers that could help her get back to her children and also stop the hurricane.
The game is played from a side-scrolling perspective. Your character can move around with the left analog stick and jump with the X button. Holding the L2 button allows you to walk on fragile land so that it doesn’t crumble under your feet. The R2 button allows you to grab objects in order to pull or push them, and the Square button allows you to interact with objects so that you can tear down walls or ropes to make objects fall down.
When you gain the wizard’s magical powers, you’re able to meditate with L1 to free your spirit from your body. When in this form, you’re able to do the exact same actions as when you are in your body, the difference being that you don’t have any weight. This means that pressure switches won’t be activated by your spirit form, but, at the same time, it also means that you don’t need to walk slowly over bridges that would collapse normally. You also eventually gain the ability to create walls on which you can jump on or use to block doors from closing.
Visually, I found the world you explore to be very impressive for an indie game. The different locations that you will visit explore in the four chapters of Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey offer all have some nice environments. The voice work is also good for the few moments where the mother interacts with the wizard’s spirit as they work together in this quest.
In the first few puzzles, as you are introduced to the mechanics of the game, I found the game interesting and had fun figuring out what to do to progress. A bit further, though, there are a few things I found a bit annoying. For one, I found the puzzles to have a steep difficulty increase, to the point that I had to fall back to a guide for a few to be able to continue, after trying to solve those puzzles a few times.
The second thing is that I found the checkpoints to be sometimes very far from each other. There’s a sequence early on where you have your character traveling on top of a turtle’s back while you follow her in spirit form to make a path available in the physical realm. The turtle moves at an extremely low speed, so if you happened to make a mistake while in spirit form, you had to start all the way back to the beginning of the sequence. After a few times, since you can’t know what to do unless you try it, it quickly becomes annoying to replay those segments.
From a trophy-hunting perspective, though, this is an easy Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection since it simply requires you to play the game from start to the end. Nothing is missable, which is always great news, and the collectibles scattered throughout the game aren’t even required for you to get that new Platinum trophy, making them optional but still rewarding.
Macrotis: A Mother’s Journey is an interesting puzzler that looks great and offers a good challenge on PlayStation 4. It’s not perfect, but it does offer some interesting elements, as well as a Platinum trophy to add to your collection.
This Macrotis review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.