[Nintendo Switch] Ultreïa Review
In post-apocalyptic point and click adventure game Ultreïa from RedDeerGames and Olivier De Rop, the planet is inhabited by robots, but there’s something dark going on below the surface. Learn more in our Ultreïa review!
In post-apocalyptic point and click adventure game Ultreïa from RedDeerGames and Olivier De Rop, the planet is inhabited by robots, but there’s something dark going on below the surface. This is Rated M for Mature adventure game in which you’ll take on the role of Nymo, who is in search of vengeance after burying his father, who has been murdered! Your internal control starts to speak to you and mentions that to find the meaning of life and death and to find the individual responsible for your father’s death, you must become a pilgrim and travel to Ultreïa.
This is a dark and moody game that has a just as dark and moody presentation, with solidly rendered 3D locations to visit and characters to interact with. Each of the robots you’ll meet during your adventure will have a distinct look and feel to them, which helps to make the game feel alive. Sure, some robots will have a shape that is closer to that of humans – you’ll get a cutscene in particular during the game’s first chapter that will show such a robot – but the rest are going to be of a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
You can play Ultreïa with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if playing on a Nintendo Switch Lite. When using the touch controls, you just need to press around the screen to move your character as you interact with objects and other characters. When using physical controls, you’ll move a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick and then press the A button to move your character there, have the robot take a look at something, or allow it to collect any items that could prove to be useful. You can review your inventory with the X button and then take a look at something with the B button. The Y button will allow you to see all of the hotspots on the screen so that you can tell what you can interact with.
As for the puzzles, without wanting to spoil things for you, allow me to discuss an early puzzle in the game. Since this is, in fact, the puzzle used by the game’s tutorial, it’s definitely fair game. Your robot needs to cross a bridge in order to start its journey towards Ultreïa. But since the bridge is broken, you’re going to have to fix it by first collecting a wood plank. Since the wooden plank is broken and would immediately crack under your weight if you tried using it as is, you’ll also have to collect some branches so that you can combine the two. Do this, and you’ll fix the wooden plank, which will then allow you to fix the bridge!
Ultreïa is a great-looking point and click adventure game that pays homage to the classics as it sets out to tell a tale of a world where robots are all that is left… or so it seems. While helping Nymo on his quest for vengeance and his pilgrimage to Ultreïa to find the truth about life and death, you’ll be reminded at times of games such as the excellent Grim Fandango, which is certainly not a bad thing. Ultreïa is available on Nintendo Switch with a $12.99 asking price.
This Ultreïa review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by RedDeerGames.