El Hijo: A Wild West Tale (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Lina Elias 11.04.2021

Review for El Hijo: A Wild West Tale on Nintendo Switch

Taking a simpler approach when it comes to stealth games, El Hijo: A Wild West Tale easily makes its way for a Nintendo Switch release. Whether it is hiding under an oversized sombrero or racing through mineshafts, new or seasoned players alike will enjoy the many challenges that it has to offer.

One of the many charms that El Hijo presents is its storybook art style. Smoothly enough the story begins by teaching El Hijo the basic mechanics of hiding in the shadows, behind obstacles, and remaining hidden all while running around the family farm. The moment is short-lived, however, when suddenly the property is ransacked by bandits. Leaving nothing behind, this forces El Hijo's mother to entrust her son to a local monastery as she pursues their attackers. Refusing to be left behind, our mini hero begins his adventure.

Each stage remains quite linear but offers alternate paths to reach the goal. The main challenge comes from taking the various routes to help inspire other children set at different points across the map. There are also multiple checkpoints set throughout each stage, making El Hijo very forgiving and almost effortless. Be that as it may, some lookouts will eventually test the player's patience and require some thought to bypass.

Screenshot for El Hijo: A Wild West Tale on Nintendo Switch

A small arsenal is given to El Hijo, such as a slingshot, a wind-up toy solider, and cactus berries, innocently suitable for a child on the run. While there are many patrols set along their own avenues, others will remain at their post, forcing the player to create a diversion. Not all sentries will pay mind to a simple rock throw but may leave their standpoint to investigate a toy soldier suddenly marching around a corner.

Roles are swapped between El Hijo and his mother as they slowly make their way back to each other. The controls remain the same, but the way to achieve their goal will differ depending on the character. El Hijo will sometimes require the help of the orphans to help create an opening while the other will need to create a diversion by breaking a gate to allow local livestock to escape. Both the gameplay and story are pleasantly entertaining.

Screenshot for El Hijo: A Wild West Tale on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

A suitable title for the Nintendo Switch, El Hijo introduces a lighter touch to the more familiar stealth genre. With its endearing art style and storytelling, it is plainly set for a younger audience. Although more seasoned players may find it lacklustre or too laid back for their taste, some will still find enjoyment through the challenges set by taking the mixture of diverse paths.


Honig Studios, Quantumfrog







C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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