Developer: Redact Games
Publisher: aPriori Digital
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 10/02/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Cellular Harvest is a short 1hr-ish picture taking, hard-hitting story for what you get up to.
You play as an unknown explorer, who comes to take pictures of the inhabitant on a strange alien world. In order to identify possible useful species and also one for termination.
The story is on the surface is very simple, however, as you play you quickly learn of the consequences of your pictures.
An Ailen World
Cellular Harvest is an easy to pick up and play adventure with no combat. Just taking pictures and jumping with simple platforming to get to a better vantage point to take pictures. In this strangely captivating world.
There are also two versions to play through Green and Purple. With Green set in the lovely sunshine and the Purple in its darker feeling of dusk.
Not All Is As It Seems
As you take pictures of ‘specimens’, you will get a bio pop up, and the more you take, the more information will be unlocked. One instruction that pops is how to utilize the ‘specimens’. Some are deemed useful, however, some are not fit for purpose. These are marked for annihilation and it reminded you of this fact frequency.
The world its self is rather stunning with its simplistic graphics and weird and wonderful inhabitants just relaxing. Even with the quality of the graphics, the world pulled me in.
Overall, Cellular Harvest is a punch in the face reminder of how we humans have treated our own planet. In a game that has no right to be as good as it is. As it took me totally by surprise on how enthralled I was taking pictures and allowing the narrative to play out while I explored.
I would have to say Cellular Harvest is not for everyone, but if you want something very different could be a weirdly interesting choice and its cheap.