Next Stop Nowhere is a road trip adventure story set in a colorful, cutthroat vision of outer space. Play as Beckett, a simple courier living a simple life until a chance encounter with former bounty hunter Serra throws him into an adventure he never expected. And might not survive.
The unlikely allies fly across a dusty, deadly galaxy in a race to save Serra’s son Eddy–dodging gangsters, bounty hunters, and the dangers of deep space along the way. Beckett is in over his head. How he survives–the choices he makes, the relationships he forges, the person he becomes–is up to you.
A new story from the award-winning studio that brought you Oxenfree and Afterparty.
* An intelligent conversation system with branching dialogue that changes your relationships and the story based on every decision
* A spaceship that comes fully equipped with his own personality
* A completely unique version of space (the outer reaches of a dilapidated galaxy) filled with colorful skies, treacherous asteroids and a several orbits to explore
* A thrilling and thoughtful narrative brought to life by a vibrant cast of voice actors
* Cross-device play through Apple Arcade
I have trouble writing about games I actually like. My excuse–yes, it is an excuse–is not wanting to spoil the experience by too much thought. Mutazione is one of those games for me, a game where I’m like, “Yeah, that was good.”
Mutazione‘s Steam page describes developers Die Gute Fabrik’s game as:
A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural. Explore the Mutazione community as Kai as she cares for her ailing grandfather. Discover magical gardens, new friends & old secrets. They can survive an apocalyptic meteor strike, but can they survive their small-town drama?
Mutazione is a chill adventure whose story ruminates on loss, love, and finding a way forward from past tragedy.
I enjoyed running around the island, listening to the subtle wind chimed soundtrack.
I loved seeing Kai’s relationship with her grandfather blossom over time.
Sure there are some soap opera-like elements that I did not like, or at least, I did not feel rang true for me. But beyond those drama bits, the story’s supernatural and mysterious threads propelled me forward–much like Oxenfree did… but this is totally different than Oxenfree–.
Mutazione captures those slow summer days. Days spent with family, friends, and magical gardens? More so days spent:
- Collecting seeds / gardening
- Enjoying conversations, with friends, that last late into the night
Mutazione is a game about healing; a game about moving on from the past. Moving forward with new hopes, dreams, and most importantly, new friends.
5/5 – I loved my experience with Mutazione via Apple Arcade.
Developer: Die Gute Fabrik
Platform: PlayStation 4, Windows, Linux, macOS
Reviewed On: iPad / Apple Arcade
Review by Bryan Hall
Wyatt and I loved watching Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender. Who doesn’t like a little space magic mixed with sword-carrying robots? In the midst of Voltron’s fight against an evil galactic empire, the show reveals that one of the characters is gay. This sudden character relationship fact hadn’t been hinted at for over six seasons. Suddenly Season 7 premieres and Volton’s leader, Shiro, is in a relationship with another man named Adam (shown via flashback). The show never mentions Shiro’s relationship again until the series finale, when Shiro and Adam kiss in the closing credits.
Voltron: Legendary Defender is an amazing show that disappointed me by injecting gender politics into something aimed at children.
Last year, I powered through Sayonara Wild Hearts on Apple Arcade. Sayonara Wild Hearts is a music-based action game (see video above) where your protagonist fights against past loves/relationships. The game’s finale has you kissing former flames instead of killing them. Wyatt happened to be sitting next to me as the kissing started:
W: “Are you playing as a boy?”
W: “So did two girls just kiss?”
Me: “Umm, maybe…. yeah.”
Life went on, and I didn’t make too big of a deal about that scene. I had read/heard online that Sayonara Wild Heart’s story was open to interpretation but why the sudden gender moment? All my love for Wild Hearts died as I felt as if the fourth wall had been broken by gender politics once again.
The other night, I was playing Mutazione on Apple Arcade. During one of the in-game conversations, the protagonist admits to another character that she likes a fellow female classmate of hers. The two of them exchange notes to one another via their lockers. This isn’t a game ending revelation to me, but I got thinking about what the developers worldview is. Nothing sinister… but definitely foreign from my own worldview.
I told Wyatt recently that the Bible is clear on homosexuality (it’s a solid no). But that does not mean we have to treat others poorly nor use others relationship preferences as an excuse not to love them.
Hollywood and even game developers continue to increase LGBTQ representation in the media we consume. We, as Christians, need to continue to be a voice in the Internet wilderness. Proclaiming that God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that none shall perish but have everlasting life.
I started playing Mutazione, via Apple Arcade, over the weekend. So far, I’m enjoying the chill adventure game vibes mixed with a mysterious story. I can’t wait to see how this one wraps up.
I am in no way organized when it comes to cataloging which games I own let alone those I have completed. Below is my attempt to create a list of games released within the last decade that I have finished:
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations
- Batman: The Telltale Series (Season 1)
- Bioshock Infinite
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
- Detroit: Become Human
- Destiny: The Taken King (expansion)
- Destiny 2
- Donut County
- Final Fantasy XV
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember (Episode 1)
- Kirby Star Allies
- Mass Effect 2
- Mazurka – A Ghost in Italy
- Minecraft: Story Mode (Season 1)
- Monument Valley
- Pokémon Y
- Race the Sun
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Sayonara Wild Hearts
- SteamWorld Dig
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Tales from the Borderlands (all episodes)
- That Dragon, Cancer
- The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
- The Final Station
- The Last of Us Remastered
- The Last of Us: Left Behind (DLC)
- Titanfall 2
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- West of Loathing
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
Now, to pick my game of the decade.
Wyatt and I finished Cricket Through the Ages, via Apple Arcade, this past weekend. With him turning 10 and entering 5th grade, I don’t get to play games with him as much as I used to (we have reached the stage where personal alone time is a thing now).
I enjoyed sitting to my son, on the couch, flailing away at each other on the iPad. Cricket Through the Ages is a silly game with equally silly mechanics. A fantastic/short weekend distraction; A win-win in this dad’s book.