Kitaria Fables is an absolutely adorable action packed Harvest Moon style RPG. I mean, what’s not to love about tiny woodland critters helping you achieve quests? Developed by Twin Hearts, this delightful game is set to launch on Nintendo Switch September 2nd. It’s honestly everything you could want, but then again I am a huge sucker for anything vaguely bright eyed and fluffy. With several lands to explore and a whole cast of creatures to meet and befriend, Kitaria Fables is an enjoyable experience for anyone and everyone.
Home sweet home
Our story begins in Paw Village, and like any good farming related game, you inherit the land of a grandparent. It’s a small cozy town, but it sure is bursting with life. Immediately you begin to accept quests in order to learn how the game works. But even these tutorial challenges maintain the adorable upkeep. Kitaria Fables has a diverse cast of critters to help and fall in love with, and your journey starts as soon as you launch the game. With such a large map, I expected to get overwhelmed and not really know where to start. Luckily, this tutorial stage gently eases your way into exploration. You’re given a few back and forth tasks to master your routes around, before coming home for a good night’s sleep.
Paw Village quickly becomes home. It’s where you rest your weary little head after a day of hard work and battle, and it’s where you’ll always find yourself coming back to. I found it extremely comforting to be able to return to such a quaint little town after venturing far and wide to collect some supplies. Plus, you become extremely good friends with the inhabitants of the town. Eventually, you add to the mechanism which keeps the town running. It’s just so wholesome. That’s the best word I can use to describe Kitaria Fables as a whole, and it’s incredibly fitting.
Controls, combat and critters
Kitaria Fables doesn’t just rely on it’s cuteness to sell either. The game runs very smoothly, and implementing both crafting and farming into your day to day ventures just gives more to keep coming back to. Although going out to fend off orcs is fun, and squishing slimes becomes a major part of the story, sometimes you just want to bimble about your yard growing tomatoes. And that is totally okay. In this aspect, the game seems very inspired by Stardew Valley. There are enemies to gather materials from, but it’s not necessarily essential. You can earn a wage farming (and like me, swiftly spend that wage on croissants) and that is still enough to get by.
Additionally, combat within Kitaria Fables isn’t just based on mashing buttons and swinging a sword around. After your first few encounters, you learn that you are capable of channeling magic. Which is where the real fun starts. Upon completing questlines, you learn new skills relating to the four elements. At first, you channel fire magic, which gives a large range during combat, rather than just hands on sword swinging. I thoroughly enjoyed the implementation of magic within this game, but who wouldn’t want to see a small kitten summoning massive fireballs? It seems ridiculous as a thought, but it is honestly incredible to witness. For a game so cute, I really didn’t expect this level of technicality during combat. I very much enjoyed myself learning all these new skills though.
Hand drawn wholesomeness
During gameplay, your character and surrounding have a similar 3D model to Harvest Moon’s Pioneers of Olive Town. But when conversing with your newly found friends, they adopt a heart wrenchingly endearing 2D design. There were several occasions during my time with this game where I almost felt myself tearing up at the sight of these characters. Kitaria Fables doesn’t just feature your standard farm animals either. One of the first characters you help, Timmy, is what I think to be a chinchilla. A chinchilla! How many games have you played with a chinchilla in. Even with extensive experience with adorable animal based games, this is my first encounter with a virtual chinchilla. And oh boy, it’s not one I am going to forget. From pastel pink bats to forest dwelling polar bears, Kitaria Fables has a character for everyone.
Each animal has their purpose too. Timmy is a baker (seriously. A chinchilla baking and selling his wares. I cannot. This game will be the reason my heart explodes with joy), there’s a black bear blacksmith, everyone works together to create a harmonious place to live. As you develop your relationships with those around you, you open up the opportunity to enhance your skills. The same goes with farming and combat. You are learning from the moment you start, and it is great. Plus, you get to say you’re friends with a croissant wielding chinchilla (yeah okay, I can’t get over it.)
If you are looking for a wholesome, relaxed game to sit and let the days pass whilst you are playing, I cannot recommend Kitaria Fables enough. If you’re bored of your strawberry cows and your spring cauliflower crop in Pelican Town, give Paw Village a chance. Experience this whole thing for yourself. You won’t regret it. To say I simply enjoyed my time with Kitaria Fables is an extreme understatement. You’re probably reading this whilst I’m sitting a few millimeters from my screen almost in tears at the animals. I hope you love your time with this as much as I did (and still am).