De­vel­oper Glum­ber­land Pub­lisher Dou­ble Fine For­mat PC, Xbox One Re­lease 2018


We’re sup­posed to look down on games that are a lit­tle too ob­vi­ously in­spired by other peo­ple’s ideas, but only the cold­est of hearts could ever sneer at the im­pos­si­bly cute Ooblets. Glum­ber­land’s game is in equal parts Pokemon, Pik­min, An­i­mal Cross­ing and Har­vest Moon: a game in which you de­feat an adorable lit­tle crea­ture in bat­tle, then use the seed it drops to grow more of them in your gar­den. You’ll also grow fruit to feed to these sen­tient crops, grant­ing them new abil­i­ties be­fore tak­ing them out on the road with you, your love­able army trail­ing be­hind you like a squad of Pik­min. You’ll meet and do bat­tle with other Ooblet train­ers, gain­ing new seeds and cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions for your avatar and home. Its cloy­ingly sweet style may alien­ate as many as it at­tracts, but be­neath the sac­cha­rine sur­face lies a sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive blend of some of Nin­tendo’s best ideas.

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