A Tale for Anna (Nintendo Switch)

Publisher: Top Hat Studios

What I Paid: $3.30

Verdict: Not Shovelware. 100%ed it.

What I Say:

This is best described as a hybrid hidden object puzzle game and a point and click adventure with several unusual (and ultimately very annoying) mechanics.

The overall plot is pretty banal: the baddie wants to catch you and you want to save the world; barely enough plot to keep you moving forwards through the story.

Progressing in the story requires you to;

a) find an object you need to work to progress the story (eg a door or a flower)

b) find the hidden objects that will enable you to pass the obstacle

c) rinse and repeat

The game quickly becomes annoying because there are many obvious objects on the screen to select, but you can’t select them until you find the underlying object that needs the hidden objects. This means there is a massive amount of random clicking and back and forth travel to enable the story to progress. To make matters worse, the hidden objects are sometimes REALLY hard to find and sometimes they don’t appear until you progress the story.

Minigames pepper the story’s progress and mostly these are quite difficult and many are a chore to complete. Fortunately they are eventually skippable.

What They Say:

This colorful fairytale A Tale for Anna will transport you to an enchanting, mysterious world full of puzzles, magical creatures, and secrets. Enter a kingdom of magic and wonder as you learn the story of young Anna – the last remaining sorceress in the kingdom.

One day, Anna (who was raised by a talking cat called Tail) discovers that she has magical abilities. However, these abilities also attract the attention of the evil Queen, who’s been spying on Anna through a magic mirror. The Queen has a wicked plan to steal Anna’s magic and bring about an age of darkness. She’s already taken the first step by sending her servants to kidnap Tail!

Explore enchanting worlds with Anna, play tricky minigames, and collect items to help you on your travels. Along the way, you’ll learn more about Anna’s biggest secret: where she came from.

Help Anna to fulfill her destiny and stop the Queen!

Uncover the secret of Anna’s origins across five captivating levels
Dazzling art style
Lots of challenging and original puzzles and minigames
Find the items you need with the help of Anna’s magical powers
Colorful and picturesque fantasy locations full of interesting characters


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