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[Nintendo Switch] The Mildew Children Review

[Nintendo Switch] The Mildew Children Review
EdEN
  • On April 29, 2024

The Mildrew Children from Valkyrie Initiative and The Growing Stones brings us a grim 2D adventure game on Switch. Check out our The Mildrew Children review!

 

The Mildrew Children from Valkyrie Initiative and The Growing Stones brings us a grim 2D adventure game on Switch. It tells the dark story of a group of children in a village where pagan traditions are followed. In order to save everyone, young witch Kyrphel, along with her sisters, must perform a ritual… that could very much end her existence.

Your story will begin with this message:

It’s time for us to set forth on a journey –

Along a road strewn with ashes and lime,
Away from the rising Sun,
Trailing the distant night lights.

Let moles be our guides.

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You can play through this one by choosing between three available difficulty settings: Easy, Normal, and Disabled. Easy will make mini-games harder to lose and will slow down games that require your reaction. Normal is the standard difficulty setting, and it’s the one that the developers recommend for your time with The Mildrew Children. As for Disabled, it’s one for those who don’t want to be distracted from reading, so mini-games will be completely disabled.

 

Once you gain control, you’ll explore each location by using the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you interact with objects and other characters by pressing the A button. When presented with a dialogue choice, you’ll move between the available options with the X or B buttons and confirm it with the A button. This is a text-heavy journey, so there’s plenty of reading in your future as you make different choices along the way.

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The whole thing is a brutally dark adventure right from the start. I can’t go too deep into the game’s story and lore since it would spoil the experience, but I can discuss something that happens early in the game. In this village, kids are to becomeā€¦ part of the cycle. This means they are to die by drinking a vial of Black Milk – also known as The Last Tears of Joy. Once this happens, they’re buried in the graveyard, and a girl with a grim reaper outfit and a scythe to match will visit all and “talk” to them. Things only get weirder from there. Kyrphel will need to take a drastic approach to the whole situation if the village is to make it through another cycle. Let’s leave it at that. Oh, and did I forget to mention that Kyrphel is one of four witches in the village? You know, the usual.

 

The Mildrew Children bringsĀ us a grim 2D adventure game on Nintendo’s console. As Kyrphel, one of four witches in the village, you’ll have to work on completing a ritual that could save everyone… or doom her forever. The dynamics of the village’s inhabitants are certainly interesting due to their pagan beliefs and murderous rituals of rebirth that keep everyone from leading a long life. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way – which I won’t spoil here – that make this one worth checking out. The Mildrew Children is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This The Mildrew Children review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Valkyrie Initiative.

Review Overview

A dark tale with some interesting twists and turns along the way
7.5
7.5

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