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[Nintendo Switch] How to Say Goodbye Review

[Nintendo Switch] How to Say Goodbye Review
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  • On December 25, 2023

How to Say Goodbye from ARTE, Florian Veltman, and Baptiste Portefaix is a supernatural narrative puzzle game inspired by classic picture books. Learn more in our How to Say Goodbye review!

 

How to Say Goodbye from ARTE, Florian Veltman, and Baptiste Portefaix is a supernatural narrative puzzle game inspired by classic picture books. You take on the role of someone who has just become a ghost. After finding yourself in an unfamiliar place populated by other disoriented ghosts, you’ll be tasked with moving stuff around to make it possible for the characters to escape from this bizarre sorta limbo.

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By moving the decor elements over a grid, you’ll be able to create a path that will lead the ghosts toward the exit. As you make your way through the game’s 15 chapters, you’ll be exploring the different areas that will take you from your house’s kitchen… to the moon! Or will they? You’ll have to find out on your own! This is a game that deals with loss, death, and grief, which means it’s not going to be for everyone. As you help ghosts escape, you’ll also be helping them deal with mourning their own lives so that they can find peace.

 

But before that, you’ll have to enter some information that How to Say Goodbye needs from you. This includes your name, the season during which you passed away, how you identify, if you had a nickname, your favorite drink, and your favorite food. You also have the option of having the game choose all of this for you by clicking on “Choose for me!” in the bottom left corner of the screen. Next up will be customizing your character’s look.

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Once you get started with the puzzle wife of things, you’ll control a cursor over the grid as you select each object and slide it around in the desired direction. This is done by either moving the cursor with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, grabbing onto something – or someone! – by pressing and holding down the A button and then making sure you can take a character to the exit. All of this can also be done by tapping and sliding over the touchscreen as needed.

 

Things start easy enough since you’ll only have to fill up some holes with the corresponding shapes or take your character to the exit so that you can click on it to open the door to the next level. You’ll soon run into additional elements to consider, such as having to collect a key to open up a path or needing to step
on a switch on the floor to bring an object down to ground level so that you can then move it to a more stable spot.

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And when you find a mirror that creates a ghostly clone of your ghost, things start to get interesting! You’ll have to use what you’ve learned up to that point to make the most of your new ghostly twin as new elements are also introduced at a steady pace. You will find an object you can turn by moving tiles close to it, and this will lower or raise specific platforms connected to it. Combine this with collecting keys, switches that raise platforms, and having to escape from Spleens – that would be ghosts that have lost the will to try and escape – and you have a fun puzzler to take on.

 

How to Say Goodbye is a supernatural narrative puzzle game inspired by classic picture books. As someone who has been recently turned into a ghost, you’ll have to slide tiles as needed to reach the exit as you meet other characters who are also dealing with mourning their own lives as they try to find peace. It’s a chill puzzler that deals with the afterlife in a different light. How to Say Goodbye is out on Nintendo Switch with a $12.99 asking price.

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Disclaimer
This How to Say Goodbye review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by ARTE.

Review Overview

A cozy supernatural narrative puzzle game on Nintendo Switch
7.5
7.5

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