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REVIEW: The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse

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Title The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse
Developer onebitbeyond
Writer Devolver Digital
Launch Date(s) Might 2, 2019 (Change)
April 24, 2018 (PS4/PC)
Style(s) Motion-Journey, Rogue-Lite RPG
Platform(s) Change, PlayStation four, PC
Age Score E10+ for Everybody 10+
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I initially meant to start out this evaluate off by describing The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse as “The Legend of Zelda as reimagined by a workforce at Cartoon Community”. Sadly, this seems to be a quite common statement by reviewers and gamers alike. It’s not arduous to see why that is although. From its vibrant and different shade palette, to its comparable swordplay, to its emphasis on utilizing distinctive gadgets to unravel dungeon puzzles, it actually does appear to combine influences from each. Initially launched as The Swords of Ditto again in early 2018, Mormo’s Curse is definitely a lately launched replace for the bottom recreation which overhauls a lot of points current within the unique model. For the needs of this assessment, I’ve taken a take a look at the current Nintendo Change launch which comes packaged with the free replace already included as a part of the sport.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Space Whale

On the onset of the sport, the builders pull a little bit of a switcheroo on the participant. Whereas I gained’t increase too closely on this, I’ll say that I used to be pleasantly stunned to see this and thought that it was an fascinating option to begin issues off. After this occasion, gamers discover themselves asleep in a small home within the woods and are awoken by a guiding spirit who directs them to go to a close-by monument. It’s at this monument that gamers turn out to be a “Sword of Ditto”, a heroic warrior tasked with saving the land of Ditto. It appears that evidently an evil witch named Mormo awakens each 100 years to wreak havoc and trigger chaos. Properly, principally she’s simply type of a snarky nuisance. Fortunately, certainly one of these Swords of Ditto is chosen each 100 years as properly. If the sword can defeat Mormo, then the land will expertise 100 years of peace. In any other case, the individuals of Ditto are doomed to a different 100 years of darkness and destruction. It’s as much as gamers to coach themselves as much as Mormo’s degree, weaken her by finishing trials, and eventually seal her away for 100 years. All of this must be completed whereas making an attempt to not die even as soon as.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Getting the Sword

Earlier than we go too far, we have to talk about the artwork fashion as it’s more likely to be the very first thing which stands out to gamers. Briefly, the paintings in Swords of Ditto is nothing in need of spectacular. The builders seemingly needed to make this recreation feel and appear identical to a cartoon. By all accounts, I consider that they succeeded in doing so. From the wide selection of colours to the hand-drawn really feel which permeates almost each facet of its design, the paintings actually sells this recreation for me. I’ve performed quite a few different titles up to now which have tried and failed to tug off this sort of cartoon aesthetic. I feel what actually units the great examples aside from the dangerous ones is the standard of the animation. Some recreation builders spend all of their time on perfecting character designs and backgrounds, however they use restricted frames of animation and this sullies the expertise for me. I’m completely satisfied to report that this isn’t the case for Swords of Ditto. Each little element from the best way that characters transfer round and work together with issues to seemingly minor background animations are very fluid and I walked away feeling very impressed. If artwork design alone was sufficient to sway my buying determination, then contemplate me swayed.The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Think of the Children

What does are likely to sway me extra is stellar sound design. I’ve bought many video games prior to now based mostly solely on the standard of their soundtracks. Whereas the artwork design in Swords of Ditto continues to be arguably one in every of its greatest options, the sound design can also be an in depth contender. The soundtrack can greatest be described as a mix of nostalgic Eight-bit tones, however combined alongside extra trendy, ambient tracks. Some tracks jogged my memory a little bit of the music from Fez, although not fairly as synth-heavy. The music right here felt proper at residence with all the different design decisions and by no means felt repetitive. All in all, I’d say that whereas not one of the particular person tracks caught with me after enjoying, the sound design as an entire is strong and I might see the soundtrack being worthy of an official launch.

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Let’s transfer proper alongside and speak a bit about gameplay. The Swords of Ditto is actually separated right into a collection of various playthroughs, every about 5 or 6 hours in size. Every playthrough takes place precisely 100 years aside and duties gamers with defeating Mormo by attaining each a selected objective and a selected expertise degree. You spend a lot of every playthrough working to weaken Mormo by destroying her anchors and dealing your self as much as that required degree. When you lastly attain that degree, you’re given 24 in-game hours to wrap issues up and prepare on your face-off with Mormo. Be mindful too that relying on which problem degree you select, the results of dying could also be fairly staggering.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Mormo Revival

I really feel like this revival difficulty could possibly be solved shortly by not sparing her life every time.

As you full every playthrough, you’ll find yourself unlocking and buying numerous toy weapons, stat-altering stickers, and extra swords to pick from in subsequent playthroughs. The toy weapons are important to your quest as sure dungeons would require using particular ones to succeed in the top. These could be unlocked in numerous “toy dungeons” or bought on the toy retailer. You can too improve your toys by amassing batteries scattered all through the sport. These toys felt very Zelda-esque and I loved making an attempt out all of them. My solely suggestion to the builders can be to make the dungeon puzzles which make the most of the toys a bit extra complicated. For instance, puzzles depending on the golf membership merchandise barely felt like puzzles more often than not.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Toy Menu

Maybe my favourite toy within the recreation.

These aforementioned stickers are arguably simply as essential because the toys. Maybe extra so, as every sticker provides totally different stat buffs, unlockable sword talents, and miscellaneous standing results. You possibly can both discover these stickers peppered all through Ditto, by buying them on the sticker retailer, or by exchanging sticker vouchers that are additionally dispersed all through the sport. As you degree up your sword, you’ll unlock further sticker slots which could be full of these stickers. Ranges carry over from one sword to the subsequent, so every playthrough ought to offer you increasingly mixture choices. The truth that these stickers carry over between playthroughs makes amassing all of them the extra enjoyable and necessary.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Stickers on a Sword

Stickers are assigned to a selected a part of your sword’s physique.

The unlockable swords are a lot much less widespread than the sticker and toy drops, however they too are essential. Whenever you start every playthrough, you’re given the choice of selecting which sword to start out with. Every sword has totally different traits which they excel at in addition to particular toys that coincide with these expertise. Moreover, as you play The Swords of Ditto, not solely will your expertise degree (the one which carries over from sword to sword) improve, however the stats related to that particular sword may also improve. Primarily, you have got an general degree in addition to a degree particular to the sword that you simply decide. This encourages gamers to stay with the identical sword as they play whereas additionally offering an incentive to return to the sport later to check out the others. That’s how I felt at the very least, so hopefully the builders meant it that means.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Badges and Swords

Badges outline which sword you’ll use throughout a playthrough.

Problem scales as you play and proceed to degree, so every playthrough will supply a larger problem than the final. That is undoubtedly a very good factor because it helps set every playthrough aside and retains issues from feeling too straightforward as you progress. The primary playthrough for me felt extremely straightforward, so I used to be glad to see the problem ramp up as I continued to play. For many who take pleasure in permadeath, I’d additionally recommend enjoying on the “Arduous” problem setting as it’s the solely mode with true permadeath. The Mormo’s Curse replace has made the opposite modes a bit extra forgiving this time round. Problem apart, the gameplay as an entire felt fairly competent as properly. Very not often did I encounter a glitch or a bug and every part ran at a constant 60 frames per second. The controls have been very responsive and utilizing numerous weapons and toys felt intuitive. My solely unfavorable remark is that quick touring in The Swords of Ditto leads to a 15-second lengthy animation each time you do it. This animation cannot be skipped and turns into repetitive. Since I wanted to quick journey very often throughout my playthroughs, this sequence turned a bit annoying after awhile. Once more although, this was minor and did little to bitter my general expertise.

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For all that it does proper, what does The Swords of Ditto get improper? I discovered nearly all of the sport to be fairly satisfying, however there have been a couple of minor caveats. I already talked about the slight lack of complexity for a few of the puzzles, however the recreation itself additionally felt a bit repetitive after some time. The overworld and its contents are generated at random for every playthrough, however your mission stays the identical every time: full two toy dungeons, full two related trial dungeons with these toys (crippling Mormo within the course of), and attain the goal degree specified firstly. After that, you defeat Mormo, reawaken as one other sword, and repeat the method. Whereas new stickers and toys supply a bit extra selection, I might’ve appreciated to see some extra variations to this pretty linear course of. The one different draw back that I can consider is the shortage of originality for a few of the aspect quests. There are some small aspect quests scattered all through the sport, however these all the time are likely to contain a supply of some sort, utilizing a key to some randomized dungeon, or killing a selected variety of one enemy sort. This on no account soured my expertise, however I might’ve appreciated to see some extra selection right here as properly.

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse | Pink Water

Even the water stands out because of the colour decisions.

My time with The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse was undeniably an gratifying one. I used to be initially interested in the artwork fashion alone, however I discovered the sport as an entire to be equally as interesting. Regardless of the components sometimes feeling a bit repetitive, my roughly 25 hours of playtime left me feeling very glad. I can’t converse for the unique base model of this recreation, however the up to date model looks like a well-polished product. It’s additionally value noting that this recreation can both be performed alone or with one further co-op participant. Sadly, I didn’t get an opportunity to check that performance however I can simply see multiplayer including a further layer of leisure. The Nintendo eShop itemizing for Swords of Ditto is priced at $14.99 and I feel that may be a very reasonable worth for what you’re receiving. When you take pleasure in video games with plenty of vibrant, vibrant colours, cartoon artwork types, puzzle-oriented dungeons, and all kinds of customization choices, this one is certainly value your time.

 

 

A evaluation copy was offered by the writer.

About Nick Benefield

A mainframe software program developer from the Midwest, Nick discovered oprainfall whereas looking for details about Xenoblade Chronicles. Nick collects video games throughout a myriad of various platforms (previous and new). He is additionally keen about old-school anime spanning from the early 80s by way of the late 90s.


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