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Mail Time

Kela van der Deijl, Freedom Games
Apr 27, 2023 - PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

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Mail Time | Launch Trailer | Freedom Game thumbnail

Mail Time | Launch Trailer | Freedom Game

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Mail Time | Release Date Announcement Trailer | Freedom Games

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Critic Reviews for Mail Time

Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

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Mail Time is a tender adventure set in a fairytale forest, with simple and relaxing game mechanics and a very pleasant soundtrack.

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Mail Time is a delightful experience, filled with interesting characters and almost no conflict. All the different quests are fun to engage with and the game offers a nice sense of discovery. I love being helpful and trying to make this small patch of forest a better place for everyone. The party at the end is also a great reward for all the exploration.

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Bugs aside, though, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time with Mail Time. This is a cute, whimsical adventure that anyone who likes cosy, relaxing games will enjoy. The silly dialogue won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but we still reckon it’ll raise a smile or two even from the sternest of faces. Leave action and violence aside for a bit, and Mail Time is the ideal chilled-out experience to spend a couple of hours with.

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Mail Time is so far one of my favorite cozy games of 2023. And this is a cozy game — to a T. There's no violence — well, I mean, there is, unfortunately, a landlord, plus an offbeat caterpillar named Soks who might throw a real stinging quip or two your way. But in this casual platformer and collect-a-thon, there are no timers or penalties on your quests, no fall damage taken when you accidentally glide straight past your destination, and no real way to fail. It's a game where the biggest challenge is picking the cutest outfit, knapsack, and glider combo within the character creator. In short, Mail Time isn't perfect — but it's a two- to three-hour quest for joy and neighborly connection, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Mail Time is a simple game with a simple reminder we often forget to hold onto when the world often can make us feel like we should run instead of walk.

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It's disappointing to come away from Mail Time feeling more frustrated than relaxed. All of the elements for an adorable, wholesome experience are there: its cast of animal characters are incredibly well-written, its art direction is delightful, and the entire premise is utterly charming. Unfortunately, a litany of glitches and janky platforming controls really disrupt its vibe. While I'm hopeful that its incredibly ambitious solo developer is able to support the game with patches down the track, it's sadly difficult to recommend Mail Time in its current state.

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Mail Time is the type of game you want to curl up with on a cold day. I recommend it to any cozy game enthusiast.

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