Review: Under Leaves (Nintendo Switch)

Review: Under Leaves (Nintendo Switch)

If you’re looking for a game to chill with, Under Leaves should be near the top of your list. This unique hidden object game is enjoyable from start to finish, let down only by its short length relative to its launch price.

While many hidden object games have clutter strewn aimlessly, Under Leaves has specific groups of the same item in each location. For instance, you’ll need to find nine clams for an octopus across four ocean screens or 13 insects for a chameleon over a trio of jungle screens. Some objects are surprisingly challenging to find (thank you zoom option), yet the overall game is still highly relaxing. It controls well with a controller, but you can also use the touch screen in handheld mode.

The hand-painted scenery brings real texture and vibrancy to the scenes and the animals within. Interacting with the hedgehog makes me imagine I’m in a Bob Ross forest painting. Whether it’s seeing the detail in the savanna grassland where the giraffes live or appreciating the animated freshwater where the platypus resides, the art style is captivating. The subtle music and ambient environmental sound effects nicely round off Under Leave’s impressive aesthetic presentation.

Even with dozens of locales, I beat the game in under three hours. This wouldn’t be a problem were it not for the cost of the title. Under Leaves Switch tax results in a regular price of $12.99. You can find the game for less than half of that elsewhere, better reflective of the more modest length. As near as I can tell, nothing new has been added to this console port.

A short game, Under Leaves is probably one to add to your wishlist for a deeper discount. That said, it’s a delightful title to chill with and impressed me in many ways. I hope to see more from the small indie team at Circus Atos.

Published at Wed, 10 Mar 2021 21:16:16 +0000