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WorldNeverland ElneaKingdom – Nintendo Switch – Released: 3/15/18 – $29.99
Short Review (Review copy provided by Althi)
World Neverland has a ton of things to do with a pretty big world. But it is held back by many things and ends up being repetitive over an enjoyable experience. You are a new traveler to the kingdom with the tutorial goal of becoming a citizen. Living out your life in this kingdom for the rest of the game. Much like Animal Crossing there is a ton of stuff you could do or do anything you want. You can become a farmer, knight, scholar, priest or become king after a long process. This sounds interesting on paper but there is a catch… everything seems to have little to no impact on the world around you. For a game that claims to be a Fantasy World simulator, I wish there was real impact if I decided I wasn’t going to harvest this year as a farmer. Going from a free-to-play mobile title to a Switch release is a bit upsetting since there is DLC on the eShop as well. I sadly have to give this game a 2 out of 10. The amount of things to do in the world is great but when nothing you do plays any part of it. The game becomes sad if you choose to continue playing.
Wish the icon had the title bigger because there are words under the title:
The game involves you the player coming to this new kingdom and becoming a citizen. It is citizen simulator much like Animal Crossing but about a kingdom. Nothing is really going on which is a shame because the game offers a lot of content.
When I hit 10 hours into the game, I was grateful to put it down because even though there is a ton to do in the game. Nothing serves any real purpose, the goal is to become King if you wanted to but the process involves a lot of work. I looked around the wikipedia page to gather more details on the process of becoming King. It involves marrying into the royal family. This part isn’t that hard but you can’t become king. You would have to have children with the crowned prince or princess. This process doesn’t happen fast and since you have to marry into the royal family that too may take even longer. Depending on your children and the royal family’s children.
I wanted to like this game since it is the only one like it on the Switch. I know the series has a long running history in Japan. I want to know if the game is poorly designed due to it becoming Free-to-play or if the series was always average. This game may have taken a real nose dive for the series. Considering this is the first game in the series to get localized. I doubt many people will buy it and they won’t bring another game to the states. I have to give this game a 2 out of 10, it is a sad end for a game that has some great potential. There is also no reason for this game to have DLC in the eShop that does things like makes fast travel even faster.
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I went into this game looking forward to it since I thought it would be an interesting game due to it being a Kingdom Simulator. I wonder how well it sold since if it wasn’t a free to play game it may have been better. The game has 5 other games in the series on the playstation to PSP. It is a shame to see a game that does well in Japan take its first leap into the states and end up like this. If the other games are more story involved or focused on the world aspect, I can see it being a great little game. I can’t believe there is DLC for the game and it hasn’t been out, all the DLC is around $10 as well. Either way I hope you enjoyed the review and let me know what you think, see you guys in the next review!