[Nintendo Switch] Mutazione Review
Mutazione from Akupara Games and Die Gute Fabrik is a charming point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Mutazione review!
In Mutazione from Akupara Games and Die Gute Fabrik, is a charming point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be playing as 15-year-old Kai, who must travel to Mutazione to care for Nonno, her ailing grandfather. It will be up to you to help her make new friends in this community, as you explore a hand-drawn world in which you’ll attend BBQs, go on boat trips, go for a swim, visit the local salon and bathhouse, as well as help to tend to your grandfather’s garden, planting new seeds and taking care of the plants. Oh, and there seems to be a meteor on its way that could end all life as we know it. You know, the usual.
It’s not like it’s going to be the end of the world since this has happened before, and it’s the reason why the inhabitants of Mutazione are an assortment of mutant creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Green? Sure. Grey? Indeed. Blue-colored cat person? Yes! You’ll soon realize that it’s not just your grandfather’s garden that needs to be taken care of since he was the gardener for all of Mutazione’s gardens! Because of this, you’ll be collecting a wide variety of seeds during your time with the game, planting them around each area, taking care of the plants.
You can move Kai around with the left or right analog sticks or the D-Pad, interacting with objects or other characters with the A button. Any objects of interest that you find will be added to your inventory, which you can open up by pressing the + button. From this menu, you can also check your journal – where you’ll keep track of tasks and chores to complete -, check out a map of Mutazione, or check the settings menu to change the volume for music, ambiance, and sound effects, as well as change the game’s language.
You’ll soon get a very special book: the Encyclopedia of the Flora of Mutazione. This is a book that your grandfather was working on along with Yoké, who works at the archive, documenting everything that is important. A ton of plants will be presented in the Encyclopedia, with their name, type of soil needed for it to grow, where it can be found in Mutazione, the parts from said plant that can be harvested, a short description of the plant, and any uses it can be given, such as, say, to reduce inflammation caused by a disease or injury, or to enhance the flavor of a dish, such as a delicious fish.
You can take on Mutazione at your own pace, chatting with all of the locals, running some errands, and working on your to-do list without ever feeling the need to rush through it all. As you complete tasks or chat with the right set of people, the time of the day will change, and the inhabitants at Mutazione will start to do something else for the rest of the day. You might meet someone early on that is busy moving some boxes around, but once it’s the afternoon, you can find him trying to take care of a rundown boat that has certainly seen better days.
Mutazione is a great-looking, charming, and very chill experience that you should definitely check out on Nintendo Switch. You’re looking at around 8-10 hours to see everything that the game has to offer, depending on how deep you go, and your experience with other adventure games. Can you take over caring for all of the gardens in Mutazione as you watch over your grandfather and make new friends? Mutazione is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price, and it’s an adventure you’ll certainly remember.
This Mutazione review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Akupara Games.