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Autumn’s Journey Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • Genre: Visual Novel
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC
  • Developer | Publisher: Apple Cider | Ratalaika Games S.L.
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3| ESRB Everyone 10+
  • Price: UK £4.99 | EU €4.99 | US $4.99
  • Release Date: 11th December 2020

Review code used, with thanks to Ratalaika Games! This is actually my first visual novel game, so let’s see what I made of it!

Story / Characters

The story centers on Auralee, who has always dreamed about becoming a knight. On one of her patrols she meets Kerr, an Earth Dragon, who is in a humanoid form and needs to complete a task to return to his original form. Another dragon named Ilmari joins them on their quest.

As the story progresses we learn more about these three characters and their relationships grow. Unfortunately, we don’t really learn anything about any other characters, like Auralee’s mother who makes a few appearances. The amount of dialogue is fairly limited, though.

Now the story is quite short (nine chapters), but there are a few moments where you’re able to make a choice that will influence the ending. To be fair though, there are only 3 possible endings that will determine your relationship with the two dragons at the end of your adventure.

Graphics, Sound, and Performance

The visuals are quite colourful, which adds a vibrant touch to this autumn tale. The charachters have several limited animations and there are some action scenes where a larger image moves across the screen to simulate movement.

There’s partial voice acting for all three main characters, though it only consists of exclamations, but is still adds some depth to the characters.

If you’re tired of pressing the A button to move the text ahead you can switch to Auto mode. And of course you can go back if you missed something, or skip large parts of the text.

Conclusion

It was short. I feel like the story and characters could have been fleshed out more. Though, I did enjoy the interactions we got. Replay value is limited, though, since the story is so short. I guess the closest thing I should compare it to is a book. And in that case it was okay, but not something I’d read again.

Verdict
An okay visual novel with limited replay value.

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