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    Nordlicht: A pretty little adventure

    Beautiful art with a sweet story
    Nordlicht loading screen

    I don’t usually play point and click adventures but when I saw the artwork for Nordlicht I had to give it a go. It sounds like a lot of games I’ve fallen in love with over the years. Guess I just appreciate good art? Anyway, this little game has a good story to accompany the art and the mechanics are easy enough to make this game child-friendly.

    I point, I click, Repeat

    As mentioned, Nordlicht is a point and click game where you figure out how to do things by exploring and dragging items either onto each other to craft or onto the scene to use. The gameplay is easy, though you might get a little stumped if you don’t think outside the box or try to do something in the wrong order/spot.

    There are three parts to the story with what I’d call a little mini-game between where you have to sail the ship and keep it from getting destroyed by lightning, waves, or icebergs. Each of the three acts builds on the story of a Father and Daughter (and guinea pig) journey to visit mom. Several times in the story are little easter egg phrases that you may or may not notice. Plus there are lots of little nordic tidbits thrown in.

    Did I enjoy my playthrough?

    You’re darn tootin! I’m glad I picked Nordlicht up to review, despite it not being my favorite genre. I enjoyed seeing all the little cinematics and the art during the actual gameplay was beautiful. I would definitely play another one in this same style! Pick it up on Steam for a steal at only $5!

    Spoiler: Subject/Parent Warning

    If you want to play through this with your child – and I totally condone doing so – you should be aware that where you’re going is mom’s grave. I didn’t want to put any spoilers in here but this is one of those things you want to be prepared to discuss if need be with your kiddos. There’s a very pretty surprise when you visit!

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    The Inner World Review: Xbox One

    The Inner World Game Review The Mommy Gamers Mike Robles

    I love me some old school (and new school) point-and-click adventure games. I’ve played everything from Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion, to Strong Bad’s Cool Games for Attractive People, The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands and more. I look forward to more of these games in the future (I’m looking at you, Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy).

    The Inner World, developed by Studio Fizbin, is a 2D point-and-click game with an amazing stylistic choice. Everything is done in traditional hand-drawn animation. Giving this game one of the most unique looks I’ve ever seen. It’s like playing a cartoon. Hell if the game played it self and I just had to keep mashing the A button to progress I would. It’s that awesome looking.

    Originally a PC/Mac title from 2013, The Inner World has finally made it’s debut on Xbox One. The team has taken the time and effort to ensure a smooth port and it shows. The animations are clean, the worlds are great, and the dialogue is as sharp as ever. I am glad that I didn’t play it upon it’s initial release because everything was new and exciting.

    The Inner World Mike Robles The Mommy Gamers Review

    An in-depth hint system is there to help players out if they get stuck. Trust me, you will get stuck.  The puzzles are really well done and will have you backtracking, guessing, second guessing and doing what you can to try and solve them. Some of them are incredibly easy, others will definitely have you scratching your head.

    The story is cute and interesting enough to keep you engaged while not being too overbearing. With five chapters of gameplay you are looking at at least eight-to-ten hours of gameplay if you take your time. Which you really should. There’s enough to look at and plenty of characters to talk to. You play as Robert, an Asposian who has never seen the outside world. His charm and naive outlook on life makes him extremely likable as a main character.

    Gameplay is relatively simple, use your controller to point-and-click on the screen, solve puzzles, find the secrets of Asposia. If you’re looking for a cute, imaginative story then you can’t go wrong with The Inner World. If you’re like me and missed it the first time, I highly suggest picking it up.

    The Inner World is currently available for $14.99 on the Microsoft Store and on the PlayStation Store

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