Spell Casting: Purrfectly Portable Edition Review – Nintendo Switch

Developed By: Gord Games

Published By: Hidden Trap

Reviewed By: Tyler Higgs

Thank you so much to Hidden Trap for providing a review code

Spell Casting is a title that’s more suited towards a younger audience. While I did really want to someone younger, help me review Spell Casting on the Switch, it unfortunately wasn’t possible. However, I do like to say I’m a kid at heart so here’s my review of Spell Casting: Purrfectly Portable Edition.

Story

Spell casting sees you taking on the role of a cat magician in training. To learn how to master the magical arts you decide to attend MEOWS (Magical Education of Wizards School). Here you will receive the lessons you need to become a true wizard. The story isn’t anything special, so don’t come into this with your child expecting a well-thought out narrative.

Gameplay

Spell Casting is all about using the Switch’s touch screen to learn how to cast spells. You’re goal is to go through each of the magic books and learn the spells within it. You learn spells through tracing a specific shape with your fingers.

Every spell has a new shape to perform. Based on how close you to the shape you’ll gain 1 to 5 stars. You’re going to need at leat 3 stars on each spell in a book, to continue on to the next one.

However, one may not simply learn the spell once and then move onto the next book. No to unlock a new book and the next set of spells you have to pass an exam. Clearly the game wanted to get kids used to the horrors of exams at an early age.

The exam makes it so that you have to memorize how to do each of the spells taught to you in one of the books. Before you had a demonstration outline to follow, but now you only have the dots to connect. So it’s up to you and your memory to remember how to do each one. These exams were a good addition as it allowed players to actually challenge themselves.

Spell Casting is a definitely a game meant for kids, but one that an older audience could enjoy as well. It’s a decent concept and can provide a good few hours of entertainment. One thing I will mention however, is that the touch screen controls can be a bit frustrating and really young kids may get easily angered by them.

Presentation

Everything essentially presented as different forms and shapes, that are created out of lines. It’s not ground-breaking, but it works with the game’s concept. The sound design is alright, but there’s really only two songs and one only happens after passing an exam.

Technical Issues

I experienced no technical issues during my playthrough of Spell Casting.

Summary

Spell Casting: Purrfectly Portable Edition is a decent enough title to spend some time with. It’s best played with a younger child as it has very simplistic gameplay, although very young children may become frustrated, because of the finicky touch screen controls. The title’s price point is a bit high, but there’s some enjoyment to be had hear as long as whoever playing is a fan of touch screens and drawing shapes.

6/10

Pros

  • Simplistic Fun Gameplay
  • Can be Enjoyable For Adults & Kids

Cons

  • Controls Can be a Bit Frusturating For Younger Kids
  • Price Point is a Bit Too High

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