Good day, everyone, and welcome to another Nindie Spotlight, where we talk about our favorite Nindies and why you should play them. I’m Chelly, and this is your Nindie Spotlight for this week – Creature in the Well.
Creature in the Well is a totally unique game, unlike any other I’ve played, and I think it missed the attention it deserves. I’m here to bring the attention back to it and to convince you of why you should play this game.
A mixture of genres are featured here; hack ‘n’ slash, dungeon crawler, and pinball. Yes, you read that correctly. Creature in the Well is almost like pinball with swords which is what makes it so unique.
But what’s the story? You play as one of the last remaining BOT-C units whose purpose is to help run an Ancient structure that bring powers to the nearby village. Now, everywhere is deserted and you must venture into an empty mountain in order to try to restore power to this Ancient facility. Of course, it isn’t called Creature in the Well for no reason. This facility is haunted by the creature in question.
The main goal in Creature in the Well is to restore power to the various cores in the Ancient facility. You do this by progressing through eight unique dungeons. These dungeons consist of numerous rooms where you must complete a pinball-style puzzle in order to unlock the door to progress to the next one.
In each room, there will be small bumpers for you to hit an energy orb at (Just like that you would see on a pinball table), and hitting each one of these bumpers lights them up and unlocks the door. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. It’s one of those game that is simple to play but hard to master, and that’s okay with me.
Certain rooms will require you to light up the bumpers in a particular order. Some may just be within a certain time limit – each one poses a new challenge. But, there is also danger to avoid: there are turrets that will shoot at you and enemies that will get in your way. You’re never safe.
Upon lighting up the bumpers, you will gain electrical currency which is used to unlock doors in order to progress. Some doors require 1000 units, some may require 50,000. It really varies.
As you progress through the game and explore more of this enticing facility, you will find upgrades to your BOT-C unit. Vital upgrades that will help you finally conquer the Creature in the Well.
Graphics and Sound
Creature in the Well truly shines in its art design and sound. Each area is uniquely hand-crafted, and it’s absolutely breath-taking. Every level almost looks like a painting, and it even has that eerie feeling to it. Paintings make me nervous…
The soundtrack compliments the gameplay rather well, setting the scene of a sci-fi world but also a mysterious and spooky one. It’s weird how music can do that, right?
Creature in the Well is fantastic, and although the difficulty can spike at times making it very frustrating, it’s a wonderful mix of two genres that should be experienced again and again.
And that’s all, folks! There is your Nindie Spotlight on Creature in the Well. Join me next time for another brief look into the Nintendo Switch’s best Nindie titles. What are some of your favorite indie games? Let us know in the comments below! Thank you for visiting Nintendo Link, and I’ll see you all next week!