The pure delight of Mineko’s Night Market
They don’t come more adorable Than This Format: PC | Publisher: Humble bundle Interactive developer: meowza Games | release: Q4 2018 | Players: 1
We’re pretty sure that it is physically impossible (at the very least it is eternally implausible) to walk away from Mineko’s Night Market without a big, happy grin plastered all across your face. The adorable visual style, the bouncy music, the intuitively designed mechanics and, ah, the cats – yes, there are just so many fluffy cats.
Mineko’s Night Market may draw some comparison to Animal Crossing thanks to its blending of exploration and merchant-moonlighting, but there’s so much more to it than that. For starters, it doesn’t have you sacrificing your real-life hours in an effort to pay off a virtual mortgage, which in our books is a win. No, instead the focus of this adventure game is to engage in whimsical quests, meet the wonderful locals, and craft peculiar items in preparation for the weekly Night Market at the base of Mount Fugu. And if that doesn’t grab your fancy then you can always spend your time growing cats in your garden – yes, that is absolutely a feature of the game that we honestly did not just make up.
It’s weird and it is wonderful. It’s over-the-top and it’s got a lot of heart. It’s kind of silly while still celebrating Japanese culture. Mineko’s Night Market is an absorbing game that just wants to bring a smile to your face and, trust us, it doesn’t have to try very hard to achieve its ambitions.