39 Days to Mars
Switch version tested
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Steampunk co-op adventure 39 Days to Mars makes it way to the Nintendo Switch. Developer It’s Anecdotal give a comedic glimpse of what it would be like to travel to Mars in the 19th century.
The game follows buddies Albert and Baxter when, over a cup of tea, they decide it’s time to take a voyage to Mars. Their makeshift space ship will have to do the job. Unfortunately every few days something goes awry, and the only way to keep going is to work together.
Controls consist of moving with the Joy-cons and interacting or performing actions using the A button. You’ll have to communicate with each other to successfully navigate the puzzles presented. Some puzzles simply have both players rummaging through papers to decipher codes, while others force you to act together to operate machinery.
Puzzles are usually diverse and not obvious to the immediate solution. However, between disasters, the characters get hungry and thirsty for scones and tea. Man do they love their scones. So this means every few “days” they’ll be a repeating some of the same puzzles. Sadly, these are the most obnoxious in the game.
The game can be finished within an hour or two. So just when you feel like it might be getting good, the journey is over. With no real diversity to music, the great voice acting helps move the scenes along. The art style looks as if taken from a notebook of sketches and doodles, which paired with one toned colours adds a kind of simplistic charm. There’s no real story to it all, but it’s packaged nicely nonetheless.
39 Days to Mars is a short couch co-op that finds strength in visual style and voice acting. At times fun and imaginative, it’s hurt by the hard to perform puzzles and short story mode. It feels kind of disappointing in the end, but still a fun way to kill some time.