[Beyond PlayStation] Milkmaid of the Milky Way Review
Milkmaid of the Milky Way from Machineboy is a pixeltastic minimalist point and click adventure that is now out on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Milkmaid of the Milky Way review!
One-person studio Machineboy (Mattis Folkestad) worked on and released Milkmaid of the Milky Way on Steam back in 2017, and this charming game with a story that rhymes is ready to shine on the Nintendo Switch. You will get to play as Ruth, who lives on a farm in a rather remote fjord in 1920s Norway. She has her routine for life, and it works great for her day to day… until a massive golden spaceship arrives out of nowhere. As you can probably guess by now, from that moment on, her life will never be the same.
If you use the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con to control Milkmaid of the Milky Way, you’ll be moving an on-screen cursor (for which you can change its speed in the options menu) with the left or right analog sticks to highlight things to interact with the A button. Any items you collect will be added to your inventory, which you can conveniently access at the bottom of the screen. At first, the inventory will only include your diary (all 24 pages of it), as well as access to the pause menu from which you can save your game, load a save, check the options menu, or review the controls. If you want to make Ruth run somewhere, just press the A button twice. When playing in Portable or Tabletop mode, you’ll get to also control the game with the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen, pointing with your fingers and tapping to “click.”
The puzzles won’t be very taxing, as they will very have a logical solution. Take, for example, one of the puzzles you will find early in the game. After waking up to start her day, Ruth makes her way to the barn but ends up near a tree. She sees a piece of hanging fruit, but it cannot be obtained as it’s out of reach. If she were to, say, go inside her home and grab a large wooden spoon, she might be able to use that to knock the fruit down from the branch to collect it. Move the cursor over the large wooden spoon in your inventory, press and hold the A button, and drag it on top of the fruit to solve the puzzle – you can also do this with your fingers and the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen. Who knows, the spoon might have more than one use!
That’s all I’m going to be talking about regarding the puzzles for Milkmaid of the Milky Way since spoiling any more of them would ruin your experience. Rest assured that as long as you leave no stone unturned, you’ll find a way to solve the puzzles as quickly as butter is churned. Oh, and before I forget, I do suggest that you start your journey by reading Ruth’s journal so that you can get a better idea of why she’s still at the farm.
During conversations, Ruth will have three options on the type of answer she can give. For example, one conversation might offer you the possibility to answer in a scared, honest, or straightforward way, while another will have options for replying in a reserved, uncomfortable, or vague way. Each option will have Ruth give a different type of answer – always in rhyme, as is the case for the rest of the story you’ll experience this time. This adds a bit of replay value if you want to see how Ruth replies when selecting every potential option since you can only select one of them.
Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a gem of a point and click adventure on Nintendo Switch, available at a budget $5.99 that makes it very easy to recommend. This indie release will last you roughly 2-3 hours depending on your experience with the point and click genre, and it’s going to be a fun ride thanks to its solid puzzles and charming story.
This Milkmaid of the Milky Way review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Machineboy.