Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories from XSEED, Poppy Works, and Froach Club is a charming story-exploration game with an old-school vibe. Check out our Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories review!
Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories from XSEED, Poppy Works, and Froach Club is a charming story-exploration game with an old-school vibe. It’s the sequel to Melon Journey, which Froach Club developed on RPG Maker for a week before its 2012 launch. Melon Journey is a game that you can complete in an hour at most. It’s now 2023, and we get to take on a new adventure in which we’ll play as Honeydew, a rabbit who works at a melon soda factory. You can also decide to give Honeydew a different name at the start of the game.
Your journey begins after your best friend – Cantaloupe – goes missing. It’s up to you to comb every inch of Hog Town to find as many clues as possible so that you can better understand what is really going on before it’s too late! This green-tinted monochrome world demands to be explored! Perhaps other employees at Eglantine Industries can shed some light on this whole situation?
You receive a mysterious letter from Cantaloupe asking you to take the train to Hog Town. On top of that, it seems Cantaloupe left his briefcase at work, which you being with you. Unfortunately, the briefcase is stolen as soon as you arrive at Hog Town! The good news? The briefcase was full of melon seeds, which are very much illegal in Hog Town! The same applies to melon-derived products. The thief is caught by police officers a few screens away from the train station.
The game will teach you the basics as soon as you wake up. Oh, and you’re late for work. You’ll control Honeydew with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you talk to other characters or interact with objects by pressing the A, R, or ZR buttons. Since you can’t leave the house in your pajamas, you’ll have to change into something more fitting – you know, like your uniform. Press the B, L, or ZL buttons to open the menu. From there, you’ll be able to save your progress, as well as check the items that you’ve managed to collect so far.
The quests you’ll take on during each of the game’s acts will be shown on the upper part of the screen when you open up the menu. Any one of them showing a dark outline will mean that you’ve yet to complete them. Without spoiling things too much, these quests include finding someone’s lost pet ant – who gets lost on more than one occasion – or helping one of your new acquaintances survive its day in court after being accused of taking a bite out of an apple and then chucking it, thus robbing it from its change of sitting on a teacher’s desk or being shot with an arrow from a great distance. You know, the usual.
If you’re looking for an old-school style chill adventure that doesn’t overstay its welcome on Nintendo Switch, then Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories is a good option. Its relaxed and slow pace is not going to be for everyone, but it’s a good way of switching gears since it’s a short and to the point adventure with a charming cast of characters. Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories is out on Nintendo Switch at a $14.99 asking price.
This Melon Journey: Bittersweet Memories review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by XSEED.