Sometimes all you’re looking for in a video game is a smaller experienced that is focused and linear. That’s exactly what this game is, its made to be a co-operative adventure game. It can be played by yourself but I feel like the game would be missing something if it were played in single player.
The game just throws you in with no instructions, no tutorial, just good luck and figure it out. Which I greatly appreciate because I think of games like Pokemon Sun and Moon where you’re 2 hours into the game and you’re still going through tutorials. Where 39 Days to Mars, 2 hours in and you’re done with the game so not wasting any of those 2 hours with a tutorial is appreciated.
Now to regain focus and talk about what this game, as mentioned before, it’s a co-operative adventure where the underlying goal is simple. Make your way to Mars in a 19th-century space ship. This is done by solving a series of puzzles and slowly making it through day by day (which spoiler alert, it takes 39 days to get to Mars).
What I enjoyed about this game were the puzzles and the variety of different puzzles that you’re forced to solve throughout this adventure. Now 2 puzzles are repeated but those 2 puzzles were making the perfect cup of tea and the scone. I guess now is a great time to mention that this game is very British. But those 2 puzzles were my 2 favorite puzzles so having to redo those puzzles didn’t detract from the experience.
There is something about the controls of the game where they’re not tight, it’s a little unpredictable and bombastic. Which leads to unpredictable things occurring but its never punishing where you’re met with a fail state. You giggle with your co-op partner and then keep moving forward with the game.
I will have to sit on this game for a little bit before I say anything too hyperbolic but the more I think about this game, the more I think it may be my favorite Multiplayer game that I have played this year. It’s definitely going to be one of those games that I think long and hard about for the end of the year awards.
Recap: The Good
Puzzles: Variety and they’re fun
Funny: I don’t know if its because I played with a close friend but I was laughing a lot during this game.
Length: It doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Recap: The Bad
Recap: The Okay
Controls: That ends up adding a charm to this game where I don’t know if it would be better if it controlled better.
Story: Its nothing to write home about
I liked it. I definitely recommend this game to anyone looking to for a fun co-op game to play with a friend or a partner.