A Hero and a Backyard is a straightforward visible novel with RPG components tacked on however with out the precise gameplay. It’s extra story than anything, which stunned me because it’s categorized as “journey, simulation, role-playing” on the Nintendo eShop web page. Let’s see how that imbalance fared.
The sport opens with a fast narration. The princess is trapped inside a fort, and also you—the knight—go off to rescue her. If you use your sword, nevertheless, its magic destroys the city and hurts the monsters close by. The witch thus casts a curse on you to stay inside a fort the place you are likely to a backyard, harvesting berries for cash, to be able to restore the issues misplaced on the town.
First, let me say that harvesting berries are everything of the gameplay. There are 5 kinds of berries you’ll should develop all through the sport, each rising at its personal tempo. The bushes develop as much as three berries at a time. You get requests for a specific amount of berries and, as soon as that quantity is met, you may ship the request which can set off one other level within the story. Then, it’s rinse and repeat till all of the requests are crammed and you’ve got sufficient cash to rebuild the city.
The solid of characters is minimal, however they’re all likable in their very own means. Except for your self because the knight, the princess, and the witch, each different character is a monster. One is a health care provider making an attempt to fix to the townspeople’s wounds you precipitated, one other is only a little one who’s making an attempt to get his mom healed after your sword damage her.
Every request triggers a small dialog between you and one other character. Cyrus, the knight, is reluctant at the start of the sport, and shortly learns extra in regards to the city and the monsters who reside in it. They’re extra like people than we predict. They’ve jobs, they’ve family and friends, and so they have emotions.
To keep away from spoilers, I gained’t say an excessive amount of in regards to the story since that’s the principle a part of the sport. Nevertheless, the content material throughout the dialog and what the characters have been going by way of may simply be paralleled to what we see in the present day in actual life. It was loads deeper than I anticipated, nevertheless it was achieved nicely, and I discovered myself engulfed within the story.
The aesthetics of the sport have been cute, too. The straightforward artwork type was pleasing, and the dearth of backgrounds allowed me to concentrate on the principle level of the sport, which was the story. The music mimicked a lullaby and was soothing.
One factor I observed was that there are a number of save information. I didn’t perceive why, since this sport is linear and I couldn’t see any room for replayability. As soon as you understand the story, you understand the story. Nevertheless, there are a number of endings based mostly on the characters you meet.
The sport is fast if you wish to undergo it for all of the endings. Or, you may merely save proper earlier than the selection to take a look at all of the endings in a single go.
Total, I had a enjoyable time with this sport. It made me take into consideration some issues on a deeper degree in some methods. In the event you get pleasure from easy visible novels, that is well worth the attempt.