Some games are a simple affair. No fluff. No unnecessary exposition. Just simply what you see is what you get. Pocket Witch is one of those games.
Naoka Games and eastasiasoft are back again with another platform game that has underlying hardcore tones, with simple pixel graphics. Is this one worth the budget price? Let’s dig in and find out.
Start screen story time
Pocket Witch starts with a simple start screen and gives you little in way of options. There is no story to explain why this witch is on this journey. You simply start in a room that requires you to move from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen, to a door. Believe it or not, this even triggers a trophy.
Still, don’t expect the whole game to be this simple. As a matter of fact, this is a hardcore platform game that gets pretty difficult pretty quickly. You’ll breeze through the first 10 levels or so, but from there on, it begins to get pretty challenging.
Double jump mania
The crux of Pocket Witch is double jumping and dashing to make your way across a landscape littered with wooden spikes. Along the way you’ll have to avoid Michael Myers looking guys with bloody knives in an effort to move from the beginning door to the door that is the exit to the level. You have no means of attack in your journey. It’s simply move from one door to the next without dying.
The graphics are very small pixel graphics that are simple and definitely will not wow you in any way. It is obvious that minimal effort was put into this, and the budget price reflects that. This is basically a re-skin of Hatup, another indie eastasiasoft release.
Tasting the witches brew
If you go into Pocket Witch with an idea of what you are paying for, you may not be too disappointed. You really can’t expect much for the meager asking price. Still, other indie games on sale are going to yield you a better experience. It’s hard to be too tough on Pocket Witch since it is a budget release but even given that regard it’s tough to recommend this one.
Those looking for a challenging platformer, will find it here but, there isn’t a lot of content.
Pocket Witch is available on PS4/5, Xbox One/X/S, and Nintendo Switch. Review code provided by eastasiasoft.