As it is, I feel like I have to genuinely and methodically take notes of where each failure lies so as not to do it again, barring the fact that a mole and mastermind, or a grapple with a persnickety UI, won’t heck up my plans anyways. Save Koch is impressive in the weight of its narrative choices, but a little cushioning could have gone a long way in making unraveling its mystery more enticing.
Save Koch is a complex and surprisingly hardcore simulation game with a noir theme, but there a few too many fail states and it's too repetitive to be truly enjoyable
While it has a nice premise and ambitious goals with its social deduction, several frustrating problems drag down Save Koch.
Save Koch on the Nintendo Switch has some promising elements and indeed, the game's world is an interesting one and its dialogues are quite amusing. Nonetheless, the way the game is played turns out to be disappointing, mostly because there's no sense of orientation - Save Koch does a poor job when it comes to transmitting what is expected of the players, and the missions' sense of arbitrary order and a basis of trial and error make this game a somewhat clumsy experience.
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Save Koch is an absorbing story with well-written characters and a genuinely engaging mystery.
If the idea of a game that lets you poke around and learn everything on your own, you’ll have some fun with Save Koch‘s wacky, hectic world. There’s a lot to like if you have the patience to figure it out. But if you prefer your sim games with clear instructions, then you’d better pass on this one.
Save Koch is definitely a unique indie game to keep an eye on with its intense procedurally generated mystery-based campaign.
Since The Sopranos, crime families are cool. Fictitious ones, of course. From the GTA series through to the more literal Mafia 2, playing one of the bosses in one of these most feared families gives you enormous power and control. That is unless you are being hunted down with only so long to live. Enter Save Koch.
This game is chock-full of lore and requires multiple playthroughs to really understand the basic mechanics and eventually how to be strategic. Each choice you make is vital, as it affects a potential ending or acquirement of a new agent. I did think this game to be well-crafted, but I had to wonder if the developers realized that the sheer amount of information in the game, though appealing to some, is daunting and impassible to others. With that being said, Save Koch is not a bad game. Rather, it’s just not an accessible game.
Save Koch has an intriguing setup, but the repetitiveness of its gameplay and complicated characters ultimately ruin the entire experience.
Save Koch‘s surprisingly interesting setup is worn away somewhat by its non-random events and absurdly specific requirements for success, however. For example, winning against a certain government official requires sending a very specific character after him, as sending others will automatically result in his death and trigger a military action that serves as an insurmountable game over. Meanwhile, each restart has you retreading the same ground as you receive the same phone calls at the same times, and while the clues you’re accruing in the process are potentially different, it’s possible to win a game and unlock nothing new.
Despite the minimal interaction possibilities, the game has a certain depth. But it is only recommended to people who speak a secure English. You just do not have enough time to think about the many puns.
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