REVIEW: Little Misfortune - Nintendo Switch
Updated: Aug 22, 2020
After some confusion with the Nintendo e-shop; who were telling me that Little Misfortune was out on the 28th June, but it really not being playable until the 29/05/20, today I finally got to play this magical although slightly disturbing game.
Developed by Killmonday Studios who had previously had success with Fran Bow (2015), comes Little Misfortune (2019) initially on iOS, Android & PC, and from today also available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Misfortune is an 8 year old girl who loves glitter and Benjamin, an anthropomorphic fox she saw in her garden one time. She doesn't have a great home life as she hints to her parents fighting a lot, drinking too much and potentially abusing her, this however doesn't get her down as she builds forts in her room, completes colouring books and covers everything in glitter. One day, whilst playing in her room, Misfortune hears a voice inside her head. This voice asks Misfortune to play a game that if she wins, will give her eternal happiness. Misfortune agrees to the terms of the game so she can give the eternal happiness to her mother and off she goes exploring the fictional town of Openfields, Sweden where numerous children have gone missing.
Little Misfortune is a choice based, horror, adventure game with multiple endings that plays with the idea of actions and consequences. Players navigate the town of Openfields as Misfortune, who is only equipped with a bottle of glitter and a desire to track down Benjamin the fox. In the game, Misfortune ventures through the forest, a cave, a park, the town, the zoo, a fairground and eventually what appears to be the afterlife. The mysterious voice guides Misfortune through the "game" and eventually appears more sinister than he initially seemed. On her way through the town, players must make decisions that alter the story, explore their surroundings and play short mini games like whack-a-fox to win tokens at the fairground or to fix things Misfortune breaks.
What is most striking about this game is firstly, it's art direction. This game looks like a children's picture book and this makes the game's dark themes all the more surprising. The game features themes of drugs, demons and death, and includes things like a seedy Hamster nightclub and the line "I saw Mommy showing her boobies to the guy in the store and she got free food". It also features quite a few scenes that may have been added for shock value alone, the puppy scene literally rendered me speechless and I won't lie, I loaded my last save point just to undo that last decision!
Misfortune's frank and inappropriate one liners make this game hilarious, even when we are learning about her tragic backstory. It also has a lot of charm, both visually and story-wise as adorable little Misfortune is hard to not fall in love with. Especially with her signature catchphrase "yikes forever!" and super sweet voice, complete with a comical accent. Misfortune is actually played by Natalia Martinsson; the artist, designer and writer behind Little Misfortune and co-founder of KillMonday games, with the other co-founder being her husband Isak Martinsson.
I had so much fun playing this game and was cackling throughout, I loved the world and character that Killmonday created but as usual when it comes to these kind of games; I found it to be too short (around 3 hours), especially for the price I paid for it. Granted it was my fault for not doing my research on this one but I paid £17.99 on the Nintendo e-shop (it is currently £15.99 on the Playstation 4 and £16.74 on Xbox One) which seems slightly excessive, even more so considering the mobile version is only around £8 for I believe the same game. It also ended quite abruptly, I felt like the story was building up to a final climactic scene or playable section and the credits just began to roll, leaving me slightly disappointed as I wanted the story to continue or resolve.
I recommend Little Misfortune to fans of choice based games, horror games or quirky, story based games. With it's creative art direction, hilarious dialogue and spooky themes, it was easy to get into. I actually finished the entire thing in one sitting, partly due to it being short but also due to not being able to put it down! I'm a big fan of the world KillMonday Studios have created and in fact, I am now inspired to look into Fran Bow, their previous title. This game is a little inappropriate at times but if all these things I'm saying are just getting you more intrigued, it's most definitely be worth a try.
Little Misfortune is now available on Steam, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch.
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