This review, like its subject matter, will be short and sweet. One Eyed Kutkh tells the story of an adventure gone wrong. A lone explorer crashes on an unfamiliar planet. Lost and trying to get home, you must explore the planet in hopes of finding a way to restore your ship. One Eyed Kutkh is a different type of experience, one that plays out more like an interactive cartoon, lasting only 30 to 40 minutes. While not the most interactive or engaging, it is a solid little adventure that is on the cheap side cost wise.
After crashing on the unfamiliar planet, you must search around for a way to fix your ship. After finding a few pieces, you must venture further to find the last. This journey takes you across the small landscape, which lets you see a few of the inhabitants along the way, including physical forms of the Sun and Moon. Aside from some fairly easy puzzles, your only other obligation is to point your character in the right direction. You get to take control of a second, more humanoid character later in the game, whose path eventually crosses with our lonesome adventurer. While it doesn’t add anything new in the gameplay department, you do get to see more people of the planet and get a feel of how they travel and live their day to day lives. While the title is inspired by folklore, you have to interpret much of the story yourself. There is no spoken dialog or physical text, but rather text bubbles with imagery. This allows you to get a feel for the narrative, as well as point you in the right direction if you happen to get stuck.
The standout feature of the game is how it is presented. The visuals are done very well, mirroring the half game/ half animation goal that Baba Yaga Games had when they created One Eyed Kutkh. The colors are muted but vibrant, and the art style is very “fairy tale” book style, which works well. Some of the sound structure is solid too. I liked some of the audio cues, like when the humanoid character goes “huh”, but others were annoying. There was a sound that chimed each time your character was able to make an interaction, but it happened so often between movements that it got rather annoying quick.
Though not offering much, One Eyed Kutkh is a nice little romp of an adventure. It’s more akin to playing with an interactive cartoon as opposed to a full-fledged game, but if the shorter experiences are more up your alley, One Eyed Kutkh is only $5. Whether the 40 minutes you get out of it will be worth it or not will vary from audience to audience, but I will say it’s not a bad one. It’s just not an overwhelmingly memorable one. Though lacking in interaction, a great animation style makes One Eyed Kutkh a cute budget title that won’t take up too much of your time.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 6.5/10
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