This month we see the release of It’s Spring Again on the Nintendo Switch and is the next offering from developer Baba Yaya Games distributed by Sometimes You. It’s an educational game experience that’s aimed at children between 2 and 5 years of age. Through the game mechanics it teaches about the change in seasons and has been designed to develop associational and logical thinking. By following the narrated story and completing simple tasks the game moves from one season to the next, eventually looping back to the beginning. The game originally released in 2015 on mobile devices and is based on the 2013 puppet show ‘the forest raised a Christmas tree’. Since then it has found its home on Windows, Mac and PS Vita.
To get an honest perspective on this I was going to need assistance, being 36 and a half I really wasn’t the target audience. My first-born, sometimes known as Cool Dog, now four would make an ideal candidate. Over the past year he has been using a tablet and recently started getting into gaming playing a number of Xbox games. It was the first time I was letting him really use my Switch so I was pretty cautious but he knew exactly what to do.
The game graphically is in the same style as One Eyed Kutkh, which I recently reviewed (it comes from the same devs). It looks great and has a pop-up book like charm to its visual. The gameplay is minimal, a number of screen presses and swipes at the right time progresses you through the story. There is also a setting to autoplay which allows it to be viewed as an animated film thus removing the requirement to play it at all. To note, we both found it a struggle to move from autumn to winter which was the only thing that stopped the story being finished within 15 minutes. It seemed that the last leaf on the tree just wouldn’t register its change from green to brown. Cool Dog enjoyed the experience and managed to work out all of the required actions with little or no help. Once completed he was more than happy to cycle through the seasons once again to show his brother how it worked.
This is an extremely short game but due to its target audience it’s not an issue and for the price there are no complaints. If you are unsure you can check out a cut down version for free on mobile platforms.
Score 7/10 by Cool Dog, aged 4