[Nintendo Switch] Growbot Review
Growbot from ASHGAMES is a 2D point and click adventure game about a robot saving her home from a dark crystalline force. Check our Growbot review!
Growbot from ASHGAMES is a 2D point and click adventure game about a robot saving her home from a dark crystalline force. Her name is Nara, a growbot in training to become a captain. Her station home is attacked by rapidly growing crystals, and only you have what it takes to save it before it’s too late. The game features a charming hand-drawn presentation that will certainly draw your attention! This is a game that pays homage to the classics in the genre, offering a gameplay loop that closely resembles those of games such as, say, Machinarium.
Growbot can be controlled with the left analog stick. You’ll also move a cursor around the screen with the right analog stick, interacting with objects or creatures by pressing the A or L buttons. Since this is a point and click adventure game, you’ll be collecting many items. Some are keepables, which you can drag and drop on the inventory on the left side of the screen. Others are consumables, which you can drag and drop as needed, as well as combine some of them to create new items. You can press the X button to show all hotspots on the screen to make it easier to know what you can and can’t interact with. When playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if playing the game on a Nintendo Switch Lite, you’ll be able to use the console’s touchscreen to control everything.
As for the type of puzzles you’ll have to solve during your time with Growbot, allow me to discuss the first two in the game so as to not spoil things. The first one is an easy one since it requires you to find some light sprites so that they can be used to lure out a scared light sprite under your bed. Just open up the dresser, collect the three sprites, and drag them close to the foot of the bed to lure out the scared sprite, who will give you an item as a reward for your effort.
The second puzzle requires some extra steps since you’ll need to make some solar berry jam for Starbelly. For this, you’ll first have to review the recipe in the kitchen. Said recipe requires that you collect water, sugar, solar berries, and an empty jam jar. Once you have all ingredients, combine the sugar and water in the empty jar with the solar berries, and then react the jam in the jam reactor to remove any white or black holes. Simple, right?
Growbot will also gain a Brainapilla after you solve a specific puzzle. A Brainapilla is a very knowledgeable creature that will live inside Growbot’s dome-like head. By using Brainapilla on objects or other characters, you’ll get some extra information that might push you in the right direction so that you can find a solution to a puzzle if you’re feeling stumped.
The game also has a musical twist, thanks to the flower arranger. You’ll collect a shield and will need to listen to its sound. After this, you’ll use the flower notes that you collect to place them into different positions by dragging and dropping said flower notes so that you can match the shield’s sound. Doing this will grant you a shield key that can then be used to remove the shield blocking your path.
Growbot is a charming 2D point and click adventure game with a gorgeous look. Having items split into keepables and consumables makes it easier to solve puzzles since you won’t have a large set of items to use with everything you run into, which helps to streamline the experience for a 21st-century audience. Growbot is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.
This Growbot review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by ASHGAMES.