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Of Mice and Sand -Revised- (Switch eShop)

Posted by SheldonRandoms on January 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Eshop Guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, I'm going to have a desert ship filled with a mouse crew in Of Mice and Sand -Revised-. Originally released on the Nintendo 3ds eShop, this Switch eShop version enhances the original experience for play on a TV and/or switch screen. I'll be recruiting these mice, to see if they're up to the task, or will I find their work ethic is cheesy? Let's rev up the engine!

When starting a new game, you're greeted to a desert dweller that attacks your desert ship, turning it into desert scrap. After rebuilding what they could, the elder mice of the mouse clan stay behind as the new generation take up the tradition of exploring the desert to find the elusive city of gold itself, El Dorado. This is where the tutorial will play out, explaining the basics on how to get you started out. Once you're ready to go, that is when your mouse conquest will begin, with a smooth. relaxing western theme.

To get stuff and things done out in the desert, you're going to need to build rooms inside of the desert ship, which is how you'll construct items and other things to keep moving forward. Building rooms requires time and stamina from your mouse, but also resources that can be found throughout your travels, if you see any source of resource on the road, you'll automatically pick it up. When you get to the point of having a larger desert ship, it'll mean more rooms to build, as well as a heavier income to spend on food for the extra mouths to feed, fuel, and other needs, so it'll be important to keep things in check with all that's going on, otherwise you'll find yourself back at square one.

Getting funds is important if you want to keep going on your journey, without them can lead to the eventual halt. At outposts where you gas up on fuel, you can also buy and sell items that you'll need. To make more of a profit than selling items, you can take on quests such as to deliver requested items, which will grant you even more money and items, which in turn, can save you time, money, and resources if you can complete them. When you gain some spare funds, spending them on rumors would be wise, as rumors can lead to new destinations, as well as new rooms you can craft.

When you have a bunch of mice roaming around your ship with word bubbles popping up depending on the situation (making them appear even cuter than they already are), it can get a bit crowded, making navigating the interface more complex than it seems. The game in portable mode supports the touch screen, which makes navigating what's going on more easier compared to the button controls, which works better for these type of games.

Lastly for those who played the original 3ds eshop version, additional quests to take, as well as new locations to explore are in this revised outing, giving incentive to go on this desert ship with mice again, which can all be played on the TV or in portable mode, depending on which you prefer. Achievements were also added in, giving playthroughs some extra thought when completing your journey.

All and all, of Mice and Sand -Revised- is a title that you should look into if you want to go on the desert to road El Dorado with cute little mice at the helm. While it can be somewhat tricky to navigate at times, once you get the hang of it, you'll feel like a God once you find the city of gold, just with some big ears, little paws, some whiskers and other rodent features thrown into the mix.

I give of Mice and Sand -Revised- 8 pieces of synthesized cheese out of 10! 

Cost on the eShop: $9.99

Memory used: 353MB

Review code provided by: Arc System Works

Categories: All Reviews, Switch eShop Reviews