Mable & the Wood released on PC back in August, and the verdict wasn’t pretty at our sister site, PC Invasion. Our own Nintendo Enthusiast staff who played the game at E3 were not impressed with it. However, the overall critical reception to the game has been very mixed, ranging from outstanding scores to, uh, the opposite of that. So if you’d like to see for yourself just how wildly great or agonizing this game is, you’re in luck: Mable & the Wood will come to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 10 and to Xbox One on Sept. 18.
For the uninitiated, Mable & the Wood is ostensibly a Metroidvania about a girl wielding an impractically heavy sword that highly restricts her mobility. To help her, she can transform into different creatures such as a fairy to increase her mobility and build the momentum to use her sword effectively. It’s certainly a novel gameplay mechanism, and the developer should be praised for seeking innovation.
I’m really not digging the visuals though, a lot of the pixel art looking like assets that could be bought in a cheap bundle. Taste in art is subjective of course, but this is leaning on the uglier side of things to me no matter how it’s sliced.