Game: Romeow: in the cracked world
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure, Arcade, Other
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Steam, Windows & macOS)
Developers | Publishers: Remix Games | Silesia Games
Age Rating: US E | EU 3+
Price: US $2.99 | UK £2.69 | EU € 2,99
Release Date: November 18th, 2021
Review code used, with many thanks to Silesia Games.
Romeow: in the cracked world is a cute puzzle game with a cuddly kitty as the main character. The game was originally released on Steam in March this year.
Poor kitty Romeow is lost and lonely without his favourite toy, a ball of wool. Play through 40 levels and four seasons to reunite Romeow with his ball of yarn so he can sleep peacefully in his cosy bed.
The world that Romeow inhabits is ‘cracked’ as it is split into multiple paths moved out of sequence. Each level consists of separated paths where you have to take the right direction to help Romeow find his toy and end the level by falling asleep in his bed. Once Romeow reaches his cosy bed, the puzzle completes showing you the full picture.
Challenge Goes Up
The game starts simple enough, and then the challenge goes up a little as you progress through the level. In later stages, some of the paths are blank until you collect a gem that makes the path visible.
It’s a minimalistic puzzle in numerous ways. There isn’t any tutorial, but it’s not needed either, as you can see and know instantly what you are meant to do to solve the puzzle. The new mechanics introduced in the levels helps to keep the game fresh and interesting. The changing of the seasons as you play through the game is a nice touch and changes the scenery for the player.
While there is a challenge in the game’s later levels, the game isn’t too difficult. There also isn’t any score, or timer or any pressure on the player. I finished it in under half an hour. Romeow: in a cracked world would be suitable for any age group to play, including young children.
Visuals and Controls
Romeow: in the cracked world has lovely hand-crafted levels, it gives a nice cosy feel while playing the game. Little Romeow meows when you press the button on the controller, and while it is not an important addition to the puzzling it is nice to hear him meow.
Music is chilled and relaxing and the perfect accompaniment to the puzzling. Controls are via the joy-cons and they work as they should.
You won’t find anything new in Romeow: in the cracked world that we haven’t seen before in the puzzle genre. But the game is fun and enjoyable, for the short time it lasts. It is a great game to while away an hour in the evening or on a commute to work. Young children will find the game cute and fun, after all, who can resist a cute kitty like Romeow.
Final Verdict: I Like it a Lot