Switch version tested
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You’re a wizard Hairy. That would probably be the line if Harry Potter was a cat, right? In Spell Casting: Purrfectly Portable you get the chance to attend the Magical Education of Wizards School or MEOWS for short, as a cat chasing their dream to finally become a wizard.
To properly become a wizard, you must make it through all the spellbooks. Note that this game is touch screen only, as each spell requires you to trace shapes without going out of the lines or lifting your finger off the screen. A simple premise, but each book ends in an exam you must pass before you can take on the next batch of spells. These exams are memory only in a “connect the dots” format, so stay sharp and try your best to remember the spells. Don’t worry, you can practice as much as you want before the exam, and can earn 1 to 5 stars depending on your performance. A three or higher is all you need to keep it moving.
Things start off with simple shapes like circles and become increasingly more complex with lines weaving and crossing over each other. If you’re like me, it’ll not only be hard to remember the shapes, but even just the starting points become foreign (I had to take pictures of the spells to reference in the exam, please don’t tell anyone). This can be frustrating, but each page of the book is riddled with doodles of pop culture and video game references. The creativity and charm of the game shines here. We all love a good Keyblade spell.
The mechanics of the game are simple and easy at first. However, it’s not always easy to complete the challenges using just your finger. My hand sometimes made it difficult to see where I was going causing a lot of re-dos. You also have to trace in specific path orders, which can only be known through trial and error. Prepare to trace the same thing over and over. It may be recommended to use a stylus if possible, this may make the experience more enjoyable or at least less tiresome. After playing this, I couldn’t help but think it would have done much better on a platform like the Nintendo 3DS. The Switch doesn’t feel like the best home for our wizarding journey.
Not much to note when it comes to the music. There’s no diversity to the one song soundtrack, but it is a fitting melody for studying magic. There is a celebration song that plays after each passed exam for the guitar shredding fans out there.
Spell Casting is a little journey to becoming a wizard. Geared towards a younger audience, the game is packed with fun pop culture and video game references that will keep you entertained each page of the way. If you are looking for a charming puzzler to challenge your memory, then this game will please. Just be sure to have a lot of patience if you don’t own a stylus.