Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 04/12/2020
£15.99 £10.39/ $19.99 $12.99
* On sale until 21/02/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Nine Witches: Family Disruption is set in WWII in the little mountain side Town of Sundre, Mylkshake, Norway. That has been invaded by the Third Reichs Okkulte-55. The Okkulte-55 are to hold their Eklipse Fest playing as Alexei Krakovitz, a renowned academic of the occult, and his assistant Akiro Kagasawa you must infiltrate the Eklipse Fest and stop the Okkulte-55 plans and save Europe.
The story is a very loose take on the happenings of WWII, when I say loose I mean loose. This is a good thing as it sets up for a fun filled adventure. The story and its progression are both linear, but it is well paced. It is also hilarious in places.
Nine Witches will see you playing as both Alexei Krakovitz and Akiro Kagasawa. Each having a specific puzzle solving characteristic. Krakovitz can astral project him self allowing him to phase through doors and talk to ghosts, whereas Kagasawa does all the physical work, as in puzzles shooting and so on. This makes for a different puzzle style game feel as you will need both characters to solve puzzles.
I found I spent most of my time as Kagasawa as most of the puzzles needed to be solved physically. On top of that, Krakovitz is wheelchair bound and can do nothing physically. Being set in WWII there has to be some gun play here is no exception. You will have a good few fights where the loyal Kagasawa will need to kill Natis while moving about so that Krakovitz is not in the line of fire. The fights near the end of the game are hard just be warned.
Our two main characters start off strong for a narrative point of view, with each looking to have differences in personality and interactions. It fails to deliver, talking to NPCs will only net you the same replies. Even as characters there are flashes of concern from Kagasawa about Krakovitz’s health, but this amounts to nothing. Then there is Krakovitz and his paranormal ability this could have been utilised better. This was a missed opportunity to have some outstanding characters im my opinion.
I loved my time with Nine Witches: Family Disruption. It is a change from the normal adventure games, having the two characters do different things. I would have liked to see more development of them, though. With a funny strange plot, that will entertain.
Nine Witches is a buy.