Animal Well - Out Now!

The long awaited ANIMAL WELL is finally out now on Nintendo Switch!

This puzzle-platformer is a Metroidvania with gorgeous pixel graphics and secrets as far as the eye can see.

Reviews have been trickling in for the Nintendo Switch version and they’re all glowing so far.

IGN were big fans of the title on Switch, giving it a score of 90.

What’s so brilliant about Animal Well is that despite the lack of context or tutorials, it does a pretty darn good job of rewarding the experimentation it encourages.

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Nintendo World Report are also impressed, awarding it an impressive 85%. They were especially intrigued by the unique approach it takes to the genre, considering combat isn’t something on offer.

You may have noticed that I have not used the word enemy once yet. What genuinely surprised me is that ANIMAL WELL does not feature active combat whatsoever. Where Samus can fire beams at will to defeat enemies or interact with the world, ANIMAL WELL relies just on timed platforming, positioning yourself and distracting obstacles or aggressive animals.

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Check out the launch trailer and official word from the publisher below:

Encounter lively creatures small and large, helpful and ominous as you discover unconventional upgrades and unravel the well’s secrets. This is a truly unique experience that can make you laugh in fear, surprise, or delight.

Explore - Illuminate the Dark

  • Dense atmospheric puzzle box world with tons of secrets

  • Light candles for safety and gradually fill out your map

  • Nonlinear -- explore and collect items in whatever order you choose

Solve puzzles - Observation is rewarded

  • Enemies, environment, and items interact in surprising and systemic ways

  • All items have multiple uses

  • Learn how innocuous details can become meaningful

Survive - Tread Carefully

  • Assess for yourself what is safe and dangerous

  • Focus on tension and suspense rather than action

  • You are disempowered, but can make clever use of your environment and items

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