[Beyond PlayStation] Embracelet Review
Embracelet from Machineboy is a charming 3D point and click adventure that is a must-play on Nintendo Switch. Find out why in our Embracelet review!
Embracelet from indie Machineboy – a.k.a Mattis Folkestad – is a charming 3D point and click adventure. Machineboy previously gave us the great Milkmaid of the Milky Way on Nintendo’s console, so I was definitely up for a new adventure! Embracelet places you in the shoes of Norwegian teenager Jesper. One day when visiting your grandfather, he hands you over a peculiar bracelet. As it turns out, this particular bracelet holds a lot of power! You will end up traveling to Slepp Island, where your grandfather grew up, in order to find out what the bracelet is really all about.
Since this is a 3D point and click adventure, you’ll be moving Jesper around with the left analog stick – running by pressing and holding down the ZL or ZR buttons-, using the right one to move a cursor so that you can interact with things and different points of interest. You can then look at something, interact with something, or talk to another character by using the A button. You can highlight all objects you can interact with by pressing the X button. You can use your bracelet by pressing the B button and must press it again once the circles overlap.
You will get a taste of the bracelet’s power early in the game. After putting on the bracelet, your grandfather tells you that it can be used to move large objects. He asks that you focus all of your energy on a nearby statue that was knocked over by some punks. After moving the cursor on top of the statue and pressing the B button, a pair of circles will start to move on the screen. If you manage to press the B button right when they overlap, the bracelet will use its might to move the statue back into place.
The game’s minimalist art style certainly helps to make the game stand out. It gives it a late Nintendo 64/PlayStation 1 era feel at times – on steroids -, which is definitely not a bad thing! The game’s serene soundtrack does a great job of complementing the story and adventure, with piano tracks and orchestral songs that are memorable and help to punctuate the different sections of Embracelet. You can read more about the game’s soundtrack by clicking right here, and you can check out one of the songs in the video below!
Embracelet features a heart-warming tale of love, loss, friendship, despair, and hope. Jesper will grow during his journey through Slepp Island. It’s a narrative-driven game, which means it’s not going to be for everyone, but you should definitely give this adventure a chance. Embracelet is out on Nintendo Switch with a low $9.99 asking price, making it an easy one to recommend.
This Embracelet review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by MachineBoy.