The Nintendo Switch seems to catch a lot of ports of mobile games, which is actually kind of nice. I don't play many games on mobile (except for my 20 minutes a day with Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, but we aren't here to talk about that). For the most part, my phone is a tool that I use for work, so I don't want to junk it up with a bunch of apps and ads. This means, of course, that an entire avenue of gaming is closed to me, as I never browse mobile games with the intention of trying them out. In my mind "mobile" equals "microtransaction", and though I know that association isn't fair, I can't seem to shake it.
As a result, I'm not familiar with Old Man's Journey, which releases on Switch on February 20th. I was browsing the new Switch releases, and the interesting art style caught my eye. Look at how beautiful this trailer is:
I absolutely love the story-book art style on display. According to the description, Old Man's Journey is "a soul-searching puzzle adventure, tells a story of life, loss, reconciliation, and hope." Players assist the old man on his trek by shaping the landscape around him, allowing him to move forward. Along the way, they learn more about the old man's life, experiencing his "heartache, regret, and hope".
After the way the news has been trending lately, I find myself in the mood for a game like this. I could use a little less shooting stuff, and a little more "lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving". I thought that maybe some of you might feel the same.