Wytchwood | PS4 Review
Updated: Feb 5
Wytchwood, developed by Alientrap, and published by Whitethorn Games, is an indie adventure game that focuses quite heavily on crafting and exploration to solve puzzles. It is available on Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox, and Nintendo Switch, and for the purpose of my review I was playing the PlayStation 4 version.
Wytchwood begins where you take on the role of a mysterious old witch who appears to be awakening from a long sleep and seems quite disorientated. Whilst she was in her slumber, the old witch had made a deal to collect twelve souls from bad people to help a billy goat. The details are initially very vague for the witch and therefore also for the player so as you progress you begin to learn more about the witch's story and the quest that's ahead of her. To find these souls you’ll need to explore the surrounding area, gather ingredients, find new recipes and craft new items. To progress through areas you’ll need to crack some puzzles that will almost always require you to craft something specific for the person (or creature) making demands. You’ll need to explore the nearby areas to gather the right resources and then you can deliver the goods. Whilst Wytchwood is primarily a relaxing and chilled out crafting and exploring experience - there are enemies and there is a little bit of combat but rather than typical hack and slash style things you’ll need to use crafting recipes available to you to get rid of them. So with that in mind I could comfortably recommend this magical fairytale to any skill level or age group. There’s nothing overtly difficult about Wytchwood so you're really left to appreciate the stunning and well crafted world that's presented and you're able to enjoy the fairytale fable found within Wytchwood.
For me personally, I enjoyed Wytchwood the most for short periods of time rather than grinding for hours and investing a lot of time in. I feel like if I played it as a main game for too long it would get a little bit repetitive and a lot of the enjoyment could be sapped from it. Whilst this sounds negative, I’d say the opposite because it means that people can dip in and out of and just pick up on a break or on a commute or just as a way to wind down after playing some other stressful games. Despite the gameplay feeling slightly repetitive, the story is incredibly well written throughout and you’ll find slightly different versions of well known characters from famous fables and you’ll quickly find yourself seeing the references and appreciating the work that's gone into it.
As a kid, any good fairytale had to be accompanied by stunning artwork and Wytchwood certainly delivered on that. Throughout the game you’ll visit various different locations that all have their own unique feel and visuals - everywhere is exceptionally detailed whether you're visiting. The Characters are all unique both in design and personality and all throughout my time in Wytchwood everything remained quirky and interesting throughout, so I really fell in love with the game quickly.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Wytchwood, whilst it was a pinch repetitive I managed to combat that as mentioned and because of this, it is a game that doesn’t require great commitment to enjoy and just allows people to appreciate it at whatever pace they desire.
Lj’s Rating: 4.5 billy goats out of 5.
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