Astrologaster from Nyamyam and Plug In Digital is a narrative-driven comedy game set in London in 1592. Learn more in our Astrologaster review!
Astrologaster from Nyamyam and Plug In Digital is a narrative-driven comedy game set in London in 1592. You play as one “Doctor” Simon Forman, an unlicensed medical practitioner and astrologer, who you must help to win his medical license. You’ll have to perform astrological readings in order to try and diagnose what is going on with the different clients that will come to seek your services, all while taking on a story presented as a pop-up book of sorts with a dash of a musical flair to it all, as you turn page after page to see what comes next.
The game feels at times like a sitcom of sorts thanks to its great voice acting and the different storylines you’ll get to experience as you try and advise over a dozen patients who have some overlapping story beats you can put to good use. By reading the movements of the stars, you can help your clients find their missing pets, understand the nature of love, and help those that fear the plague like, well, the plague. Do you have what it takes to make the most of the situation, or will you lead your clients down the path of death?
You’ll learn the basics when you have to diagnose yourself. Suffering from the plague, characterized by loss of appetite, immoderate thirst, and pus-filled swellings behind the ears, in the armpits, and in the groin, along with a nasty fever. Perhaps Sagittarius, ruler of the liver, can provide some advice to point you in the right direction? The intro tutorial sequence will set the stage for what you can expect during your time with Astrologaster. As you meet each of your patients, you’ll get to hear an introduction that is sung to you by a choir. Pay attention to this, since each introduction will offer clues that can help you to save the day.
Astrologaster is a quirky and weird game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s all the best for it. I loved the game’s pop-up book presentation, and the voice acting does a great job at elevating the overall experience to make this one you don’t want to miss out on. You’re looking at around 7-8 hours to complete Astrologaster, and oh, what a ride it is! Astrologaster is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 price.
This Astrologaster review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Plug In Digital.