Ooblets’ dance battles are decidedly easy, at least in the first few hours I’ve played. If you’re a fan of deck-builder Slay the Spire, this won’t scratch that competitive itch. They’re simple get-to-20-points-first, card-based battles. Ooblets crowd around to watch and cheer on as your pet or pet crew lay down moves over bass-backed jams. The battles’ relatively low challenge would be a massive bummer except, in a way, it fits the game’s chill attitude. You can put as much effort as you want into optimizing your dance-battle gameplay, or you can just view them as a means to get seeds.
Ooblets takes systems recognizable from Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and Pokémon, but removes the tension and stress. Earn money (gummies), plant seeds, harvest crops. Lay down flooring, remove debris, upgrade your space. Eventually, Ooblets can farm on your behalf while you complete fetch quests and chat with townsfolk or “sea-dangle” (fish) on the dock. All the while, you have a stamina meter that depletes as you do activities, and refreshes when you eat cupcakes or other food.Without Animal Crossing’s debt-obsessed raccoon , Tom Nook, Ooblets doesn’t inspire the not-good-enough feeling common in this genre. It’s relaxing, but not from any feeling of accomplishment that comes from gazing upon your digital kingdom; it comes instead mostly from ferrying around kawaii focus and enjoying the witty one-liners of NPCs.
These games have always been accused of being button-mashers—games where you can just hit the attack button over and over again and win most encounters—but Kingdom Hearts III , being balanced primarily for new players in all of its difficulty settings, was a particularly glaring example for the vast majority of the game.
Because the game is in early access without a full release date, it doesn’t feel quite whole yet. While the writing is top-notch, often making me laugh out loud, Ooblets could use a little more things to do between its main activities. It’s not a big deal, though, if you’re just looking to spend a little time in a candy-colored world full of cute creatures with weird names (Sorbets? Nurnies?).
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