Lambs on the road | Nintendo Switch Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Lambs on the road is an episodic survival-horror puzzle-platform game developed by Flynn's Arcade and published by Gone Mad Studios. It will be released on Windows PC and on the Nintendo Switch on July 15th. For the purpose of this review I was playing the Nintendo Switch version and also, currently you can only play the first episode called The Beginning.
The game starts off with a brief bit of backstory, with the World in a post-apocalyptic state, and folk having to fend for themselves to survive. It has gotten to the point where to survive, the only option left for food is for humans to eat humans, so it's a bit of a grim start to the game, with the extra element of survival to avoid being beaten and eaten as you make your way through the game. The story itself has the main character that you play as, John, trying to search for his daughter, Mary, as they have become separated during all the chaos and mayhem that is going on. As the first episode only just sets this up, I imagine it will be a few episodes in before there is any sort of advance in the story with regards to a family reunion.
Lambs on the road is a 2D platformer with some puzzles thrown in to add to all the fun. The controls are thumbstick for movement, with sprint using the right trigger, you also have B to jump, A for stealth, and finally Y as your action button. The graphics in the game are decent and there is some very subtle atmospheric background music. The game has been described as The Walking Dead in 2D on the Switch, and I really cannot disagree with that comment.
With this just being the initial opening first episode of the game, and the setting up of the story, I hope that future episodes expand more on how the World came to be in the place it is when you start the game. Other than the very brief intro and narrative, you are just really thrown into the gameplay. I should also point out here that the save points are few and far between, so make sure you are prepared to restart a few of the levels within the episode if you die, either from a fall, or at the hands of an axe wielding cannibal intent on eating you.
Overall, Lambs on the road is a very short game, albeit with this being just the first episode. It certainly does entertain for that short time and will have plenty of replay value, especially once the future further episodes become available. If you are looking for a decent little 2D platformer with some puzzles and a survival horror element, then for the low price that the game is selling for, you cannot go wrong with Lambs on the road. Roll on more episodes. g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 3.5 axe-weilding cannibals out of 5.
Many thanks to Flynn's Arcade for the Review Key.