[Nintendo Switch] Encodya Review
Encodya from Assemble Entertainment and Chaosmonger Studio is a dystopian adventure game on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Encodya review!
Encodya from Assemble Entertainment and Chaosmonger Studio is a dystopian point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch. For this journey, you’ll explore Neo Berlin in 2062 as nine-year-old orphan Tina and her huge robot guardian SAM-53. The city is under the control of corporations and corrupt politicians, and you’re left to search the city for any resources that can help the two of you survive. The game is voice acted, which helps to add to the ambiance of the whole experience.
Developer Nicola Piovesan from Chaosmonger Studio took Encodya to Kickstarter back in 2019. The project had a €27,500 main goal. Once the campaign was over, and thanks to the support of a little over 600 backers, the project managed to secure €46,543 in funding. After launching on Steam back in January, the game has now found its way to the Nintendo Switch thanks to the support of publisher Assemble Entertainment.
You can play Encodya in one of two difficulty settings: Easy or Hard. If you’re in this for the story, then you can play this on Easy so that Tina can ask Sam for hints for solving puzzles. Press the Y button, and any collectible items will be highlighted – except for secret items. If you play on Hard, you’ll take on the standard experience with no hints, and you’ll have to find all collectible items on your own, so you’ll have to search everywhere if you want to 100% this adventure game experience.
The game can be controlled either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers or by activating touchscreen controls so that you can play with the console’s touchscreen when in Portable or Tabletop Mode or if playing Encodya on a Nintendo Switch Lite. You can move characters with the left analog stick, access your notes with the X button, and switch between both characters with the L button. You can interact with objects or characters with the A button, picking up useful items to add them to your inventory, which you can check with the ZR button.
When you interact with something or someone, one of five different icons will show up for Tina or SAM-53. The icons will be for using an item, looking at an item, talking to someone, picking up an item that could prove to be useful, or pulling on something. If you need to check on the controls and the actions you can take, you can do so in the options menu. It’s there that you’ll also be able to check the percentage of the game you’ve completed, how many secrets you’ve found, how many hints you’ve used, and the total time played.
Encodya features an in-game achievements system with 16 objectives for you to complete as you take on this adventure game. There are achievements for completing each part of the game, as well as for finishing the whole thing. Another set of achievements asks that you find 3, 5, 7, and 10 secrets. If you want to 100% this one, then you’ll have to complete the game by using less than five hints, complete it by using no hints, and speedrun Encodya so that you can finish the whole thing in less than 4 hours.
If you’re looking for a new adventure game on Nintendo Switch that has an old-school feel and
is set in a dystopian world in which you will play as an orphan girl and her robot guardian, then this is the game that ticks all of those boxes. The game can feel a bit clunky at times due to the randomized puzzles and items and how some of the locations you visit can seem as if there’s not much to do, but if you give it a chance, you’ll find a fun story to take on and a game that pays homage to the classics in the genre. Dystopia is out on Nintendo Switch with a $29.99 price.
This Encodya review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Assemble Entertainment.
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