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One Eyed Kutkh (Xbox)

Developed by Baba Yaga Games, One Eyed Kutkh was released on PC (Steam) last year and is currently available for £1.99. It is now available on PS4 for £4.99, Nintendo Switch for £4.49 and Xbox One for £3.99. It is also an Xbox One X Enhanced title.

One Eyed Kutkh is a point and click, exploration game which tells a story without using any words. You’re very much left to decipher what is going on as you play, which was a nice touch once you manage to figure out what to do.

As always, I will endeavour to avoid too many spoilers throughout my review.

You will play as two different characters intermittently throughout the game, enabling two perspectives to the story. First, you will play as a little alien traveller who crashes on a strange planet whilst trying to get home. You need to find the missing parts of your ship which are sporadically strewn about the world. The other character you play as is a person who essentially ties the entire game together and brings it to a close.

One Eyed Kutkh is vibrant and beautifully designed appealing to an audience of all ages. The game runs well and has fluid character and environmental animation and I haven't experienced any framerate issues or game crashes.

I feel like more could have been done with the background music as there isn’t much to it really and at times felt very repetitive. Thankfully, the sound effects from little voices to footsteps and beyond have been well implemented to a high standard.

My biggest issue with One Eyed Kutkh is the controls. Although the buttons you need to use are very simple, the problem lies in the fact that it isn’t clear what needs doing next. At the very beginning of the game, there is frankly nothing explained to you so you’re literally left clicking and hoping for something to happen. Eventually, I managed to get lucky and crash my ship.

The lack of any explanation and the ultimate feeling of confusion continues through to the menus which are also unclear. It is very easy to accidentally leave the game without meaning to which shouldn't ever be an issue in a game. Once you have completed the game, you can return to various chapters but there is nothing to specify which part you'll be going back to aside from a rather small image. 

In order to progress through the game, you’ll need to complete a series of puzzles, all of which are incredibly simple. Once you have crash landed, everything is quite linear so it is almost impossible to get lost or fail to carry out the next requirement. If anything, this could be the perfect game for kids as even my 8-year-old would be able to solve these ones! Unfortunately, I don't think there is much (if any) replay value in One Eyed Kutkh and you'll likely be able to complete it in around an hour; perhaps quicker if you happen to be using a guide. 

Overall, One Eyed Kutkh is a sweet little game which I enjoyed playing through but didn't leave me with any long-lasting impressions. I feel like there could have been more content as it really is a short game which ends just as you start to get into it. If I had to give it a score it would be 5/10. 

One Eyed Kutkh has 10 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. A very short achievement list which does have achievements you could miss if you’re not using a guide. For the most part, they are all progression-based achievements which you should unlock through natural gameplay. Thankfully, you can choose various points in the game to return to once you have completed it which helps to clean up any that you may have missed. If you need any help or guidance, then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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