[Nintendo Switch] The Kids We Were Review

by EdEN, Owner

The Kids We Were from GAGEX is a charming, cinematic adventure set in the late Japanese Showa era. Learn more in our The Kids We Were review!

The Kids We Were Review - 1

The Kids We Were from GAGEX is a charming, cinematic adventure set in the late Japanese Showa era – that would be the lovely 1980s. You’ll be playing as Minato, a young boy who sets out on an unexpected summer adventure. The game started as a mobile game that launched early last year, winning several awards. It’s now the game’s time to shine on the Nintendo Switch, as the expanded, improved, Complete Edition. This means there are new items for you to collect, as well as a bonus episode that is set after the events of the main game!

Your journey will begin as Minato arrives at the small town of Kagami, set in a sleepy suburb of Tokyo. While this seems to be just your ordinary summer trip, Minato has come here with one goal in mind: to find his missing father, who seems to be living around the area. He’s aided on this quest thanks to a notebook that has been left for him. Its title? The Seven Mysteries. What follows is a very interesting adventure through time with a chill soundtrack and a voxel-based presentation. Minato must travel 33 years in the past to the day when his mother and father first met in order to unravel the mysteries at hand!

You’ll control Minato with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. You can interact with people or objects with the A button and can check for hints with the X button. This will let you know what tasks you need to complete, as well as if there are any coins nearby. The Y button will give you access to your backpack. Once there, you can check information on the people you meet, check the mysteries on your list, review the catalog of items you can find, as well as save your progress as needed. The first item you’ll get is a flyer on which your mom will write her phone number. You can also check your map with the + button.

The Kids We Were Review - 2

Once you’ve managed to travel back in time, you’ll have only 72 hours to use the notebook to complete everything you can to solve all seven mysteries. Fail to do this, and your power will weaken, potentially trapping you in the past! Solving the mysteries is not a hard task, but it’s also not an easy journey. You can’t just go around asking questions to everyone you meet since they will be very suspicious of a kid asking about a girl he’s never met before or asking a simple question: what year is it? You’ll explore the town of Kagami during a better time when there were more young people around, so the buildings will also be in much better shape.

The coins you find hidden in each area you explore can be used at capsule machines to try your luck so that you can win some prizes. The good news is that you won’t be getting any duplicates when you use your coins and spin the lever, so you can end io filling gaps in your catalog collection if you find enough coins. Be sure to use the X button to check how many coins are hidden in an area since they will change for each chapter as you progress through the story.

The Kids We Were Review - Item Get

It’s hard to talk about The Kids We Were without spoiling the experience for you since there are a couple of plot twists in the early chapters and a few more near the end that I won’t discuss here. Rest assured that the narrative is going to be a big part of your enjoyment of The Kids We Were as you explore the town, meet new people, find hidden coins and plenty of items, all while hopefully bringing you one step closer to the truth.

The Kids We Were Review - 3

The Kids We Were is a pleasant surprise on Nintendo Switch. It certainly does not feel like a mobile game. Its charming setting, story twists, colorful voxel-based graphics, and easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics make this an easy one to recommend on Nintendo’s console. You’re getting the Complete Edition, with several collectibles to find and add to your catalog, hidden coins to collect on each section you visit for each chapter, and even a bonus episode after the game’s main story has been completed. The Kids We Were is out on Nintendo Switch with a $15.99 price.

This The Kids We Were review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by GAGEX.

Related Posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More