Sigi - A Fart for Melusina (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Athanasios 31.01.2019

Review for Sigi - A Fart for Melusina on Nintendo Switch

Uh-oh! Call this reviewer prejudiced, but bad things usually happen every time he sees the 'Sometimes You' logo upon starting a game. The publisher is commendable for "believing" in titles that are both super-cheap, as well as relatively unique, but, sadly, the pieces of software that it has published are, at best, passable-to-decent, and, more often than not, just plain bad. Does the same happen with pixel.lu's Sigi - A Fart for Melusina? After an Android and PC version, the flatulent quest to save a gorgeous mermaid girl comes to the Switch.

Walking the emerald-green grasslands of his beloved kingdom, the valiant knight gets entranced by a song that only a being of immense beauty could sing. The warrior approaches the nearby lake, and realises that this magic came to be through a beautiful pair of lungs, belonging to a stunning mermaid. The knight approaches her, his heart beating like an enormous drum… and then this worthless specimen of digital manliness breaks wind. Well, as they saying goes amongst poets, better out than in.

Yes, the smelly F-word in the title of Sigi - A Fart for Melusina is not an archaism that means something entirely different. The reason being - what else? - comedy! Does it succeed in that? Well, it would if it tried to. Unfortunately (or not), gas in not a major part of the experience. The protagonist lets one rip, and frightens the fishy girl of his dreams, and makes sure to repeat this act of elegance every time he reaches the end of a level, but, generally, don't expect a silly adventure full of purposely childish jokes - for all intents and purposes, this is nothing more than a platformer.

Sad as the minimum use of, err, aerials, is, the real sad part is the minimum effort that the developer has put in crafting this. This provides the bare essential of what an action-platformer needs: a hero that runs and jumps, enemies that move around, platforms that one is able to jump upon, and a couple of throwable weapons, for which there isn't anything special to say about. This lack of effort is even more evident in the 20 levels on offer, which honestly are almost identical.

Screenshot for Sigi - A Fart for Melusina on Nintendo Switch

So, the gameplay is generic, and the levels feel repetitive - can this get any worse? Sure it can! How? Why, by being so easy that it's offensive even to minors. The player can simply run through everything without ever giving a damn about the wellbeing of the hero, and although the boss fights can actually pose a little bit of challenge (and feel kind of unfair at times), most will enter these battles with plenty of lives to spare.

Leaving the generic, repetitive, and painfully easy gameplay aside, it's also important to note that this will be an extremely short, 30-minute trip. Sigi - A Fart for Melusina is basically a speed-running game, with the only reason to replay it being the "challenge" of doing things a bit faster, and with a larger percentage of collected treasure while at it - just don't expect any big rewards for doing so.

What blows the mind of your truly, is that this was actually made by competent hands! While there are a few design flaws here and there, the one who build the whole thing is obviously one who knows his way around programming efficiently, and although the retro audio-visuals are plain and forgettable, the artist responsible for those certainly evidently knows what he or she is doing. In conclusion… meh, and one expressed unironically.

Screenshot for Sigi - A Fart for Melusina on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

Imagine, for a brief, painful moment that Sigi - A Fart for Melusina is an actual fart. What kind of fart would it be? Luckily, it's not one of those disgusting, watery-ones - sadly, it's not one of those glorious, last-night-I-ate-like-a-bison, volume turned-to-11 ones either. This generic action-platformer is just a boring, scentless, barely heard fart… and not even a funny one.

Developer

pixel.lu

Publisher

Sometimes You

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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