One Eyed Kutkh
Switch version tested
Review code provided
One Eyed Kutkh is an interesting game of sorts, even its title is hard to pronounce correctly so don’t test me. At heart, it’s a classic point and click puzzle adventure. It’s an experimental project that sits somewhere between video game, theatre performance and animated film. To their credit creators, Baba Yaya Games have crafted a unique world inspired by the Northern myths with an interesting art style. There isn’t a great deal of skilled gameplay involved and it can easily be finished in just over 30 minutes.
You play a one-eyed pink traveller who is flying through space in an attempt to get home. Suddenly the spacecraft you are piloting experiences a serious malfunction, your first task is to try to stop it crash landing on a mysterious tree planet. Instructions are given in the form of a thought bubble with various pictorial clues. After replaying the game a couple of times it would seem that whatever combination of control panel buttons you attempt the outcome is always going to be the same, crash landing is integral to the plot. Once on the tree planet, you must solve simple puzzles to progress through the story with the goal of repairing your ship by collecting the missing cogs.
Throughout the game, you are guided by storytelling thought bubbles but also next action buttons. These are a combination of directional, pickup and combine commands if you find yourself stuck at any point simply by mashing the screen or physical buttons it tends to get you to the next sequence. As the story progresses you eventually reach the top of the planet where you meet sun and moon creatures, you need to complete a short puzzle involving getting them both into another ship before you can steal the platforms they were floating on. With both platforms acquired you attempt to build a makeshift spaceship but this fails and you end up back at the crash site. This roughly marks the halfway point in the game and also the point in which you switch to a different playable character. Now playing as a more humanoid being you continue the story but this time you are trying to locate someone to give the last cog too. It allows for a different perspective on the story and I found that a nice touch.
Graphically the games art style is appealing, even though the animation is basic it works. The game runs smoothly on the Switch in both handheld and docked modes but I personally recommend playing in handheld mode as it’s suited to touchscreen controls. You can use the analogue stick and buttons if you like but you are only ever moving a mouse pointer around the screen, it’s even out on mobile formats so there’s not the option on those.
One Eyed Kutkh is very short-lived so doesn’t ever outstay its welcome. It won’t cost you the earth, or any other (tree) planet to purchase so if you are looking for a quick and easy game to fill a gap why not try it. If you are a trophy/achievement hunter then you will be happy to know that it is also available on PS4, PSVita and Xbox allowing for everything to be obtained from the one playthrough.
TBG Score: 6/10