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

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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.

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