The Magnificent Trufflepigs Reviews
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a small-scale affair, both in terms of technical scope and dramatic themes, when compared to its award-winning inspirations. It's not especially memorable but it has just enough warmth and wit to get you through a spare Sunday afternoon.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a very condensed story, only taking about a few hours to reach the credits. Because of this, the narrative feels concise and free of filler. Despite spending such little time with them, I felt like I had a good understanding of these characters and the relationship forming between them, thanks to two exceptional voice performances. The game’s metal-detecting segments also make for some relaxing times as well. Although some design choices make certain moments more tedious than they need to be, The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a pleasant little experience.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a chilled out game with a poignant story at its core, set in a familiar place that feels like home.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs created a fun experience for players by putting the focus on storytelling and letting players take their time.
Well-written dialogue and top-quality voice acting can make The Magnificent Trufflepigs endearing, but a dull gameplay loop and narrative missteps might leave a bad aftertaste.
Overall, Trufflepigs is a little too short, a little too slow, and a lot too much of the unlikeable Beth. As a proof-of-concept of what Thunkd can do, it's promising, but limited graphics, poor accessibility options (although text size is changeable), and unskippable dialogue that grinds the entire game to a halt make it hard to recommend.
It's beautiful, it's charming and its insights are given greater punch by exceptional voice acting. Yet, despite ticking so many boxes, The Magnificent Trufflepigs never manages to find the sweet spot of player satisfaction due to some odd, clashing design choices.
Overall, The Magnificent Trufflepigs is an interesting character-driven story that doesn't quite meet its potential. It lacks the nuance required to be a truly great, especially when it comes to its broader plot, but there's still charm here among its performances and solid depiction of village country life.
The Magnificent Truffle Pigs labels itself as a first-person, romantic, metal-detecting game, but it’s far, far more than that. It’s a reminder that every person’s path through life is wholly different, and that sometimes the best plan is to have no plan at all. It’s a meditative, peaceful experience that I’m sure will resonate with many others as much as it did with me. If you’re a fan of Firewatch and other narrative-driven titles, The Magnificent Truffle Pigs is absolutely worth your time and money.
Rediscover your inner treasure hunter in The Magnificent Trufflepigs. Equip your trusty metal detector and weave through the fields of Stanning Farm in hopes of finding something of value and turn things around. What will you find?
The game does have a relatively clever connection between its mechanics and themes. Digging up the farm and digging up a life feel somehow similar, especially when it comes to seeing long-buried stuff in a new light. But the gameplay is too limited to offer anything more than a way to get story bits. And the narrative starts off interesting, delivers a good second and third day, and then collapses. Avoid The Magnificent Trufflepigs and just play Firewatch or Gone Home again.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a kind of game as a psychotherapy session in which we, with the help of a metal detector and the characters, try to find what's wrong with us.
Review in Russian | Read full review
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a beautiful escape to the countryside; its slow pace lends itself to being a relaxing and almost meditative experience. Top-class voice acting and excellent writing means you’ll quickly care for its characters and their stories; and regardless of how you feel about the ending, it’s hard to disagree that the journey was worthwhile.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs has grown on me since I finished it. It might not be for everyone — and it might fight against itself on the way to the finish line. But if there's anything this game taught me, it's that the roughest edges can only be softened with time.
Despite the idea of bringing the narrative from discovered objects, The Magnificent Trufflepigs ends up placing the player much more in a spectator position than someone who has some agency in the interaction. The story is interesting and builds characters with well-elaborated personalities, but ends up being a little tiring due to the excess of details that seem to go beyond what is necessary for its development and the low fluidity of the gameplay. It's an unconventional title and may not appeal to those who expect action in their adventures, but it can be a good bet for those who are in no hurry and like to savor stories in enchanting environments.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
The Magnificent Trufflepigs is the weird case of the walking simulator which would have been a lot more enjoyable had the developers decided to include LESS gameplay. Even if its story isn’t anything to write home about, I was way more invested in it than looking for nappy pins and bottles with the slowest metal detector in human history.
The Magnificent Trufflepigs asks players to stop frantically trying to achieve arbitrary goals and instead reflect on why we’ve undertaken them in the first place. It employs an interesting and underutilized mechanic, only to completely change it up once the main character achieves some desperately needed personal growth. It may require a second playthrough to totally understand not only the big reveal but overarching message; luckily, it’s a three hour excursion (at most) across bucolic English countryside, so that extra time is time well spent. If you find yourself exhausted by constantly trying to check things off life’s list, you deserve a breather — grab a metal detector and take a walk with The Magnificent Trufflepigs.
Most Walking Sims at least make up for what they lack in gameplay, with their stories but The Magnificent Trufflepigs doesn’t even bother with that! The writers just pepper some ideas here and there and are absolutely vague about everything and the resolution of the story is among the worst endings in some time. There is a fun detecting game in here that is constantly interrupted by the story of a character that I hate.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Although it covers fairly deep emotional subject matter, The Magnificent Trufflepigs is generally an extremely relaxing, easy-going game with no fail states; a “walk-‘em-up” where you wander across several fields, digging up old bits of rubbish while reminiscing with an old friend.