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Nuts Review

Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Nuts is an adventure game where you play a rookie field researcher. You use your camera, caravan, GPS and map to investigate the depths of the enigmatic Melmoth Forest. As you study the local squirrel population you uncover a strange mystery.

Play develops through a series of challenges (surveillance, timing, and logic puzzles). You investigate the squirrels by placing cameras during the day, and watching the footage at night. This enables you to incrementally move the cameras around to track the movement of the squirrels and where they are storing their food.

What starts as a research mission develops into a mystery about the small animal's peculiar behaviour. While you investigate a more troubling narrative emerges. Are the squirrels conspiring against us? Why is the study so well funded? With each new day, things get weirder and weirder. But with both of you working on the case, maybe you can figure out what’s really going on?

It's an unusual game not only because of the subject matter and beautiful washed-out visuals, but through the day-night rhythm of the investigation. Take your time to check all the footage and discover clues that link the evidence together.

The result is an unusual story about corporations impact on the environment. It was inspired by this video of an acclaimed photographer ripping pages out of his book to illustrate the destruction of the environment. Unlike the common heroes' journey there is no clear positive outcome in the game either. Instead, you find yourself asking questions about whether the squirrels are on your side and how they are responding to the looming threat. It's playful, unsettling and a space for deep thinking about a complex topic without jumping to easy answers.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Joon Turbo (@JoonTurbo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Nuts usually costs £15.49 to £17.99.
 

Nuts

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

The game on Switch and PC includes one swear word, "*!@?*". But not on Apple Arcade where it is rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need observation skills and the ability to process what you are discovering.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Subtitle sized is substantially scalable on all devices. Menu text isn't adjustable but is reasonable large. Heads Up Display is scaleable on all devices apart from iOS.

There are some in-game textual elements that are small, but on PC you can read these as text that is scaleable if you inspect these objects while holding them. You can always tell who is speaking as there is only one person with dialogue in the game.

There is a map provided which signposts points of interest, but this is intentionally obscure to read.

Although controls require twin sticks. At any point you can freeze the field of view to more easily explore areas and items. This enables you to interact with items using just one stick.
 
Our Nuts Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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