Review: Sakuna – of Rice and Ruin

Nice and fun platform adventure with a total anime feel.

IN Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin we get to follow the extremely spoiled goddess of harvest Sakuna, who is banished from his heavenly home and ends up on an island filled with demons. Here she is faced with dangers she has never encountered before and she also gets to learn a lot about herself.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Edelweiss - Marvelous (XSEED) - copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch
Photos from the Nintendo Switch version

The second I start Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin then a smile spreads across my lips. This really is a really nice, animated game. The anime look is total. Everything from colors, backgrounds and characters feel like they were taken directly from movies such as Hayao Miyazakis The living castle.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Edelweiss - Marvelous (XSEED) - copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch

We quickly get acquainted with our main character – who is a really pampered and very stressful goddess and at first lacks most of what is needed to be a heroine. During the game, we get to follow her development, from anti-hero to real thing.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Edelweiss - Marvelous (XSEED) - copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch

The game mechanics are basically a classic side-scrolling action-adventure. You jump from platform to platform and finish off enemies that get in your way. From time to time you meet a powerful boss, who needs to be taken care of in a certain way. The controls are a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of how to use your scarf to grab high platforms, it quickly becomes both fun and challenging.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Edelweiss - Marvelous (XSEED) - copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch
A really big world to discover.

Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin works just as well in the dock as in portable mode on your Nintendo Switch. There are some charging times, but I still think they stayed within a reasonable level. The graphics are advanced and good-looking, thus justifying some charging times to put up with.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - Edelweiss - Marvelous (XSEED) - copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch

What I can mention as negative in Sakuna, is that some aspects are a little too difficult for their own good and it becomes more frustrating than challenging. Then I can also think that the extremely exaggerated, Japanese acting style (which we also saw in Yakuzagames) becomes a bit much in the end. She is really annoying in places.

In summary, that is Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin a really nice platform adventure with a fun story. Despite the small flaws, I still want to give it a recommendation.