Little Mouse's Encyclopedia is the type of title I would've loved exploring as a kid in school. As a grown man, I still appreciate the concept and how it was brought to screen in an aesthetically pleasing way. It succeeds with its aim in charming fashion. While gameplay and narration are missed, this is a very good release for what it is. If you're a family, this would definitely be one to grab on sale if you're looking to relax and learn at the same time.
I rather like the mid-'90s 3DO/Saturn look, and there are a few pleasant music tracks, as well. But when I put the nostalgic presentation and low price aside, I'm left with the realization that Toree 3D is a short-lived game I just didn't find particularly fun. The level design is hit-or-miss, and the camera needs more attention. I'd direct players on a budget to Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap instead.
The Mysterious Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde is entertaining as a hidden object game, but this port is sloppy. If you're a fan yet to play it, wishlist it for a future sale. But know that there are better representations of the genre on the Nintendo Switch, including from the same publisher. Everyone else can stick with the well-known short novel.
Faircroft's Antiques: The Heir of Glen Kinnoch Collector's Edition delivers a 10-plus hour hidden object adventure that's just as fun as the initial game in the series: Treasure of Treffenburg. More variety with minigames and puzzles is welcomed, as is better incorporation of hidden items to the plot. Only a handful of bugs knock the game down, but not enough to stop me from recommending it to genre fans.
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi offers good point-and-click puzzles, but I found the tonal shift in its tale unappealing. I think the game isn't long enough to be thought-provoking in the way intended. While I saw enough good things here that I'll keep an eye out for the devs future point-and-click games, they might be better served by lighter plots to match the shorter lengths.
Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 will be a letdown for those who've already purchased some (or all) of the fighters released prior. But if you've been wondering why SNK hasn't bundled these handheld games together, wonder no more. While very much a mixed bag, there's enough here for the curious, and more so for fans. Bring on Vol. 2.
Beach Buggy Racing 2: Island Adventure delivers more than its predecessor, but there's also more competition on the Switch in 2021 than in 2017. I can't say I find the additions significantly more enjoyable, and there's still plenty that could be improved. Despite offering a lesser version of karting staples seen elsewhere, this should still be enjoyable to fans of the first.
Across its 20 chapters, Faircroft's Antiques: Treasures of Treffenburg Collector's Edition tells an out-of-the-ordinary story that's encouraging and well-made. It's a hearty adventure for this genre also, one I clocked over 10 hours in. Even with some padding, that's a fair amount of content for the price, longer than comparable games on the Switch. In a sea of hidden object games, this one emerges near the top.
There's certainly something to be said for a game that leaves me thinking about it and wanting more. Wind Peaks definitely grew on me. But, reaching the end after playing for just over three hours (and getting all achievements) is a tough pill to swallow for a $14.99 game. I hope the sequel plays it less conservatively.