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[Nintendo Switch] Once Upon A Jester Review

[Nintendo Switch] Once Upon A Jester Review
  • On December 2, 2022

Once Upon a Jester is a theatrical, musical adventure about two best friends planning a royal heist. Learn more in our Once Upon a Jester review!


Once Upon a Jester is a theatrical, musical adventure about two best friends planning a royal heist. This one, from Crunching Koalas and Bonte Avond, sees best friends Sok and Jester come up with a plan to steal the Royal Diamond! Princess Kristina will have a royal theatrical festival at the palace, and those that want to perform there must first earn fame in three towns so that they can be the first ones to earn 15 flower bouquets in each of them. It’s then that the pair realize it’s the perfecto opportunity to win their way into the palace to carry out their masterful plan.

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Since you start in Dorp Town, your first task will be to learn what people want to see in a show, so that you can work on creating the poster of what your show will be all about. Merchant Hak Patat will mention that the crowd really likes action in their theater shows, and that you’re in luck since he’s currently having a sale on battle equipment… which sounds a bit fishy, but maybe he’s right? Once you’ve selected your difficulty setting – between Chill, Normal, and Nightmare – you’ll get to jump right into the action.


There are stickers for you to unlock for your show. These are used to decorate your poster, so that you can let your potential audience know what to expect. You will only start with a single set if stickers and must obtain more by performing and giving the crowd what they want. You can also unlock extra stickers by interacting with other characters. Once you think your poster is ready, you can ask for Sok’s input before diving in. Once the show has been setup, Sok will let you know if you should avoid any particular genres in order to make the crowd as happy as possible. For example, for the first show, Sok mentioned I should avoid romance for that particular performance.

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When exploring, you’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, using the A button to interact with objects or other characters. You should stand close to characters that you can’t interact with, since this will allow you to listen to their conversations, so that you can better understand what they like and what they definitely don’t like. Their taste might change with each passing day, so once you wake up in the morning, you’ll once again have to listen in to their conversations.


You’ll get the hang of things by the time you’re working on your second show, since this is when you’ll start to be able to choose which play you’ll get to perform, and you’ll also have new stickers to consider for your poster. As you decide what stickers to place, you’ll be able to scale and twist then as needed by using the right analog stick. Press the Y button and you’ll be able to flip a sticker. Once placed, you can still change your mind and remove a sticker. Do know that the sticker that you remove will leave a mark.

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Once Upon a Jester is a chill and fun musical adventure in which you’ll aim to gain a spot in the royal theatrical festival to try and steal the Royal Diamond. It features charming characters, a good sense of humor and some songs to experience along the way that make this one standout. Once Upon a Jester is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 asking price.

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This Once Upon a Jester review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Crunching Koalas.

Review Overview

A colorful musical journey on Nintendo Switch