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Set in 1920s Norway, Ruth is a strong willed dairy farmer who lives three hours from the nearest town with only her cows for company. One night when an alien spacecraft threatens to take them away from her, she daringly jumps aboard to rescue them. Milkmaid of the Milky Way takes your classic point and click formula and adds a sense of wonder, combining retro sci-fi with a rustic Scandinavian setting.

Good

  • Simple navigating mechanics.
  • Beautiful picturesque landscapes.
  • Genuinely surprising plot twists and touching moments.
  • All narration dialogue is in rhyme (Banjo-Kazooie flashbacks, anyone?).
  • A combination of calming and intense music tracks in all the right places.

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Bad

  • As the game was originally released on PC and mobile, you’re forced to use a cursor with the left joystick unless you play in handheld mode. All of the other buttons don’t do anything when interacting with the world.
  • The game is shorter than one would have liked it to be, clocking in at just two hours.

Final Score: 80%

Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a wonderful adventure that ended too soon. Its memorable characters and touching moments present a real sense of urgency, with scenes that genuinely took me by surprise. This is the reason why two hours just didn’t feel long enough for it to reach its full potential, which is an aspect that I hope is seen to in Machine Boy’s next game Embracelet when it releases in September.

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Posted by Alex Harding

Lover of chocolate and admirer of video games, Alex is the chief writer/editor of Switchaboo.