Milkmaid of the Milky Way Review
Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
It's a game where you click or tap to move around and interact with objects. As you do characters and narration are delivered in rhyme. Early tasks include milking cows, patching the roof, making cheese, and rescuing a lost cow.
While other games offer a similar experience, Milkmaid of the Milky Way delivers a whimsical fairy tale that feels unique. That rhyming delivery and animated video clips make it feel like a fairy tale. Like fairy tales, it has some dark turns, but still is something players younger than its PEGI 12 rating might enjoy.
"Life is hard, work is tough, and Ruth wonders; Is this the life I want?" Says Ruth at one point. Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a story about moving into the unknown, breaking free from the past, it's a story about age, life, death and time - but most of all it's a story about finding your own place in the universe.
"I don’t want to spoil it too much but the main themes are compassion, environment, community and age. All handled very sensitively but with a pinch of humour too," said Ashley Day.
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 22/08/2019
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.
Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.
Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.
View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.
Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.
High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.
Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.
Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.
One Tap Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.
Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.
Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.
Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.
No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.
Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).
Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Milkmaid of the Milky Way. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Milkmaid of the Milky Way for younger age ratings.
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