Best Month Ever! | Nintendo Switch Review
Developed by Warsaw Film School Video Game & Film Production Studio and published by Klabater, Best Month Ever! is a narrative-driven adventure game. It is available now on Windows PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, and I was given the opportunity to play and review the Nintendo Switch version.
The story is set in the 1960s and follows a dying mother, Louise, and her young son Mitch as they embark on a final road trip, so Louise can find a new home for her son for when she is gone. Best Month Ever! deals with a variety of very sensitive subjects such as racism and sexual abuse and does start off with a content warning.
This is a decision-making story game. If you think of the Telltale games series such as Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us, you will be on the right track. Every choice you make affects what kind of person Mitch will grow up to be, whether he will be law-abiding or anti-authoritarian, cowardly or confident, your actions and words will influence these personality traits, so remember to choose carefully.
Mostly you will just need to move your character around the scene and find items to investigate or characters to talk to in order to progress the story, however, there are a number of mini-games along the way which help to keep things interesting. I will say, though, some controls are not intuitive at all. There is one mini-game where you have to trace star constellations in the sky, and I have absolutely no idea what they were doing in terms of controlling the cursor for this part. The movement made no sense whatsoever. It was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever come across in any game I've played. I also found the actual character movement in the game to be very rough and unnatural, which grew to be rather annoying after a while and really breaks the whole immersion experience for me.
The art style almost looks like pixelated watercolour paintings which was interesting, but in all honesty, it didn’t come across well on the Nintendo Switch screen. I thought the game looked pretty bad. I did, however, really like the art style in the loading screens, they had an almost hand drawn like character to them which was nice. There were no noticeable frame drops or performance issues on the Nintendo Switch version, even the load times weren't too bad, which is a big plus point for me. Loading times on the Switch in general can be a bit excessive, so this was great.
The voice acting in Best Month Ever! was a bit hit-and-miss for me. Mitch’s actor, I thought, really did a great job with their lines with some of the others sounding forced, and they didn't flow like you would expect a dialogue to flow. The music in the game was wonderful, and I feel like the developers did an incredible job with the soundtrack. The music really helps to create the right atmosphere in every scene and aids with the overall immersion.
Despite its few flaws, I really enjoyed Best Month Ever! The story tugs at the heart strings and is wonderfully thought out. I will be going back to try and get some different endings by altering some of my choices in the game, and I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.
PaultheBrave09’s Rating: 4 out of 5.
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