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.