Green Hell Review (Nintendo Switch)

Green Hell

You are left alone in the jungle without any food or equipment, trying to survive and find your way out. Clinging to life, the player is set on a journey of durability as the effects of solitude wear heavy not only on the body but also the mind. How long can you survive against the dangers of the unknown.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.2gb Download size.
  • Four save slots.
  • Game settings-subtitles, crosshair, and hints.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Toggle settings for crouch, run, and watch.
  • 3 modes-Story, survival, and challenges.
  • Four difficulties- a walk in the park, welcome to the jungle, King of the jungle, and Green hell.
  • Custom difficulty options-combat difficulty, nutrients depletion, permadeath, sanity, tiredness, health loss. Hazard options-tribes, predators, arachnids, leeches, snakes and piranhas, and stingrays.
  • Tourist mode-no predators or depletion and is for doing exploration and the story.
  • Challenges-seven set challenges to complete.
  • All difficulties, tourists, and custom options are available for both story and survival modes.
  • Survival Rpg gameplay.
  • Tutorial opening. (can be skipped)
  • Rolling stats.
  • The crafting is more in-depth with more layers to basic crafting.
  • Glorious locations to explore.
  • Play how you want.
  • Notes give stories and background knowledge. You can read it as is or click it for a text box.
  • Radio to talk to other people, you unlock and use multiple choice interactions and commands.
  • Fully voiced characters.
  • Day/night cycle and weather effects.
  • Radial dial for quick select.
  • Bag-you see your actual bag and can move items around it to make more space.
  • Watch-shows all your vitals like health/stamina/food etc. Click it to change to time and to a compass.
  • Crafting can be done anywhere and is a case of grabbing and placing items onto a crating spot.
  • Inspection-you can select four parts of your body and move that part around to look for injuries but also treat the injury.
  • Notebook-fills in with key facts and recipes as you find them. Shows missions and quests.
  • Sanity-actions will increase and decrease your sanity which if too high will cause hallucinations.
  • Learn the ways of natural remedies.
  • Materials-a lot more in-depth than other games. Hacking a tree will get a bit of wood but then hit that wood to make large sticks then hit again to make small sticks, it’s like that with a lot of materials you gather.
  • Atmospheric.
  • Has a horror/physiological horror feel to it.
  • Very ambitious.
  • Deep versatile cooking methods.

Green Hell

Cons:

  • Long loading times.
  • Small text.
  • No touchscreen.
  • Overcomplicated or needlessly drawn-out recipes.
  • You have to be pixel perfect for interacting with objects.
  • Menus can be a pain to navigate.
  • The slowdown in places.
  • Handheld looks a bit smudgy in places.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Controls take some getting used to.
  • Pop in and pop up happens a fair bit.

Green Hell

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
8.4/10

Summary

Green Hell is one of the most ambitious survival RPG games I’ve seen so far. It puts a strong emphasis on the crafting allowing you to not just whack a tree for wood but has you hitting the tree then the drop then the drop and with that, you’re getting different materials from the same source. The crafting is a case of knowing the recipe and placing all materials on a rock and then pressing craft, cooking uses the same sort of model. Bit what I like most about Green Hill is how they have injected the gameplay into a world that absolutely covers you in fear and anxiety. You must navigate a deadly jungle as it is but then you get the many natural predators and a series of tribesmen that don’t understand your purpose and would like to eat you. You could argue that many games have done the horror survival before but here it’s has a slight edge as it’s so natural and realistic, the setting is not some fantasy land but an island that could be anywhere and for that, it ever so slightly increases the anxiety. I am not a fan of the menus and found myself constantly fluffing with the right stick or pressing the wrong shortcut button. It’s a case of so much going on it can be hard to keep hold of the reigns. I am impressed with how it deals with sanity and wounds and I generally found it to be one of the best survival games on the market. Performance-wise it had a few stutters and pop in but considering how much is going on I can forgive it. Overall Green Hell is one of the best survival RPG games on the Switch and gives plenty of game for your cash.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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