[Review] Mushroom Quest – Nintendo Switch

Written by Kevin Orme
  • Developer: Flying Islands Team
  • Publisher: Drageus Games
  • Release Date: 23/12/19
  • Price: $2.99 / £2.30
  • Review Code provided by Drageus Games

The Fungus Among Us

Mushroom Quest is a top-down puzzle game where you play the role of a mushroom man who is tasked with collecting all of the crystals in a given room. The big gimmick in the game is that nearly every room is some sort of block pushing puzzle. This is, um… kind of it. But let me explain.

Not Mush Room

The entire game consists of thirty levels with difficulties ranging from “This is obviously the tutorial” to “That took me a minute”. This game is, by no means, difficult but for the price point that it is asking, that’s not a deal breaker by any means. The stages are all laid out clearly when you start them up. There are a few pitfalls and obstacles in your way that make up the bulk of the challenges: pits, barriers, rickety planks, so on.

Your job as the player is to solve how to traverse the map to get the crystals strewn about the map. Here is where you see a lot of staples in the block-pushing category: bottomless pits, paths that break once you go over them once, switches you have to weigh down. Never once does this game do anything that hasn’t been done before, and that really becomes the main gripe for the whole experience.

A Spore Subject

If this game was just a pretty simple puzzle game, there wouldn’t be much to complain about, but there are some odd choices that make the game frustrating at times. For instance, pushing the plus button doesn’t pause the game. It takes you back to the main menu/level select screen. It’s just a strange choice especially where pausing the game seems like such a basic thing to have in a video game.

The music isn’t much to write home about, but it gets the job done. It’s more ambiance in the background than it is a tune that gets stuck in your brain, which is nice. Thankfully, Mushroom Quest doesn’t use any kind of lives system and restarting a stage is quick and friendly. The graphics and art style are fine for what the game is. The sprites for the Mushroom guy are cute and fun to look at and the artwork is nice enough, so I don’t have any complaints on that end.

Final Wrap

I guess what it all comes down to is this. With the internet content available on websites to play flash games for free, this game really feels like it is on par with games that I could play online or even on my phone through a free app. It’s not that Mushroom Quest is BAD by any means, no. It just feels like something I could play nearly anywhere for free.

Sure, I suppose that the price of the game would be close to what I would pay for a premium version of that game to stop the ads, but it certainly doesn’t give me much more entertainment than those other games would provide. I mean no disrespect to the developers, especially where this game is priced as low as it is. I just feel like there might be better ways for me to spend my three dollars

Pros

  • Decent gameplay and puzzles
  • Very accessible
  • Super Affordable

Cons

  • Not very long
  • Not very challenging

Verdict
There are worse ways you could spend three bucks in my opinion. Certainly don’t buy this if you’re looking for something to take you a long time to beat. It’s alright. Just not great.
2/5

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