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[Nintendo Switch] Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses Review

[Nintendo Switch] Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses Review
EdEN
  • On July 26, 2023

Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses from Softstar, Underscore, and Joy Brick is a charming solo or co-op puzzle adventure on Nintendo Switch. Check our Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses review!

 

Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses from Softstar, Underscore, and Joy Brick is a charming solo or co-op puzzle adventure on Nintendo Switch. It brings us the story of twin sisters Lisha and Aisha. Lisha is a few seconds older than her sister. They both were born with some qualities that make them different from everyone else. Lisha is gifted with a highly rational mind but is nearly incapable of perceiving emotions or affection. Because of this, Lisha can’t really care about others since she can’t understand human emotions. This is why her father created AMBU, a robot that could help her connect with people.

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On the other hand, there’s younger twin sister Aisha. She’s a very sensitive and susceptible individual who favors going on grandiose adventures around the globe that will often lead to her being heavily injured, which is something that really doesn’t bother her at all. Why is that? Because Aisha can’t feel any physical pain! It was during one of these trips that Aisha learned about an abandoned temple in Twinkokka. Legend has it that all the priests who served there were twins. There’s also the rumor of a mysterious device in the temple that can integrate the souls of twins.

 

The game can be played in co-op, but the requirements can end up feeling a bit… special. The co-op is not of the regular local variety, so there won’t be any split screen puzzle solving in your future. Instead, you’re going to need to find someone else with a Nintendo Switch console who also happens to own the game so that you can play in local wireless co-op. Think back to the old days of the Game Link Cable for the original Game Boy – or the Game Boy Advance Link Cable – while removing physical cables from the process, and you would be close to how this game handles its co-op adventure. One player will take on Aliisha in the console’s Portable Mode, while the other one plays in Docked Mode.

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But what if you don’t have someone else who also owns a Nintendo Switch console and a copy of the game? Then if you’re playing on your own, you’ll be either taking on Aisha’s journey in Docked Mode or Lisha’s story in Portable or Tabletop Mode. Things are set that way because Aisha will be making use of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con capabilities like gyro controls, while Lisha’s side of the equation with AMBU will be controlled by using the console’s touchscreen. Playing solo also means you’ll be switching between characters… a lot. This is an experience that was clearly designed for having two humans controlling separate characters at the same time, which makes the diving solo a bit of a hassle.

 

You’ll use the left analog stick to control character movement. When playing on your own, you’ll be swapping between characters by pressing the ZL button. The A button will be for interacting. The X button will activate the Explorer’s Eye, which is an ability that Aisha can use to find some clues. It can show tracks, footprints, or anything that is out of place. When controlling Lisha – who will, in turn, be controlling AMBU – you’ll need to use the Automated Optical Terrain Check (AOTC) to scan and decode your surroundings to find valuable information. You can press the + button to open up the Compendium system. This will allow you to view all the information that has been collected by AMBU. It can also be used to activate your biocompass to find Aisha if needed.

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What types of puzzles will you run into? As to not spoil this journey, I’ll discuss the first puzzle you’ll find as soon as you arrive at the temple. As expected, the doors are locked tight, and no, pushing on them won’t open the path. What you will notice when controlling Aisha is that there are a bunch of golden medallions on the floor near the door. Since the door has golden medallions that you can interact with, perhaps grabbing from the pile the one that’s missing and putting it on the door will allow you to carry on?

 

Lisha will control AMBU from a first-person perspective, allowing her to scan the door’s main symbol, the different medallions already in place, and the spot to which you can move a medallion. From this first-person perspective, you will be able to click on each pair of medallions to move one into an empty spot. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the trick will be to move the medallions into the right spots so that they match the symbols on the door’s main symbol. Once you’ve placed the right medallions, the path will open up.

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Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses is a charming adventure game with an interesting premise and the option of playing on your own or in local wireless co-op as you try to solve the puzzles the game throws at you. Since co-op is of the aforementioned local wireless co-op variety, that means you need two people with two Nintendo Switch consoles, and for each one to have bought a copy of Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses, which is not an ideal scenario, but it’s certainly doable. Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses is out on Nintendo Switch with a $32.99 asking price. If you act fast, you can take advantage of a sale and get the game at a 60% discount.

Disclaimer
This Aliisha: The Oblivion of Twin Goddesses review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Softstar.

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Charming adventure
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