Since the first announcement of this puzzle adventure social sim, we’ve been keeping an eye on Lonely Village. Now that we’ve played it, we can confirm that it requires you to wear both your exploration boots and your thinking cap, but it’s also a relaxing game that, for the most part, doesn’t ask much of you. , except for your enjoyment.
This fascinating release from indie developer Ogre Pixel brings puzzles and life simulations together and makes them best friends. Lonesome Village is a cute, healthy game with many popular features Our favorite cute healthy game: bright colors, natural setting, adorable animal friends and of course, a fishing game.
It pays homage to some of the legendary games that preceded it – you can even add your own ‘Spot The Zelda Reference’ game while playing. But anyone expecting this to reflect a Zelda The game can be disappointing. It avoids combat in favor of fun calming challenges and repetitive mechanics, ah Mule and Stardew Valley. All of these references are interesting to see, although they form a very long gauge. Lonesome Village may not quite compare to those illustrious predecessors, but it certainly doesn’t fall short.
You play as Wes the coyote when he has just arrived in a deserted village. Once known as Ubhora, Lonesome Village was a quaintly happy town before being taken over by a cult of maroon-clad animals. They invaded the town and locked its inhabitants in statues in a tower. As Wes, you are tasked with freeing the villagers. In your pocket is a mystical magnifying glass to search for clues and talk to Coronya, your spirit guide who will give you helpful – and sometimes unhelpful – direction.
In the tower you encounter a puzzle on each floor, a puzzle that, once solved, will free a villager and their family. These idiots start easy but graduate hard, and are always satisfied to finish. There are many unique varieties, from mazes to sliding puzzles to memory challenges and more. They can make you scratch your head, but they will hardly make you bang your head against the wall. Every few levels you’ll return to the village to collect hearts or offerings: hearts are earned from neighborhood quests, while supply items are found or crafted with help of the villagers. Isn’t that very healthy? Defeat the enemy with Friendship!
The peaceful atmosphere of the village is an escape from the gentle darkness of the tower. Its soft flute soundtrack contrasts well with the creepy piano and strings that overshadow your puzzle-solving abilities. Take your time here and you might even discover some easter eggs from other games. The game can feel like two games – a tower puzzle game and a village life simulator – but the team at Ogre Pixel have managed to give you time in both, with this one leading the way. to the other game.
The art style is all bright block colors and bold borders that gave us a nostalgia for after-school cartoons. Textured details like water bubbles or sparkles add simplicity to the design and everything comes to life with vivid 2D animations. So it’s a pity that the story is also two-way. The redundancy of well-designed characters has only some slight variation in the dialogue. The plot is interesting enough to keep you playing, but it’s not something you haven’t seen.
Currently, the game is not the most intuitive experience. For example, instead of using the d-pad to scroll through certain menus, you typically use it to select the arrow buttons on the screen. Switching between tools was complicated, and in the inventory menu it was hard for us to distinguish which item was selected. Several other issues in the game were patched on day one – a sign that the developers are still far from done. We hope they will continue to do these things in the future.
But as for the core gameplay, it’s clear that Lonesome Village wants to relieve stress as much as possible. You never need to sleep or eat, you don’t need the health bar, the shops are open 24/7, and the fishing game requires you to press a button, at your own pace. And if you die – which rarely happens – you’ll reappear at the start of the challenge with a puff of smoke. No dramatic screams! No lost items! No GAME END!
This fun, cozy adventure is a must-see for anyone who loves chopping wood in Animal Crossing and solving puzzles in Zelda (but still panicking in combat). It may not quite match the splendor of its influence, and the menus still need some work, but it’s certainly fun to play.
Lonesome Village takes elements of life-simulating lore and a large number of Zelda references and combines them together in very cute packaging. It may not have the richest story, but it will absorb and soothe you – even in its short playtime. Except for some limitations with the player experience, especially around menu navigation, this game offers some healthy fun without breaking a sweat in combat. If you are wondering about a new cozy game to play, Lonesome Village might be the solution for you.