Indie developer, Majorariatto, have offered up their first steam release to the masses. Majotori is an amusing, casual game based around the player dictating the outcome of various situations and stories based on how well you answer a round of trivia questions. There is still some luck involved as the only way of guaranteeing a positive outcome is to answer every single question correctly, but even in failure the game remains light hearted and entertaining.
With each round of the game you are presented with three choices. You must choose a character who’s story you want to progress, or end, depending on how well you do. With each story segment the character in question is usually faced with a situation that could go well, or it could go badly. This may simply result in a prom date not going well, or it may result in a child dying. The stories and situations are as varied as they could possibly be. In each segment of the story, a witch will appear in front of the character and make them a deal. Being successful in a round of trivia will make the situation they find themselves in go well, being unsuccessful will mean that it will not go well. Once you have answered all the questions the final outcome is selected in a roulette wheel of your right and wrong answers. This does mean that even if you answer most of the questions correctly the wheel could still land on one of your bad answers and cause the situation to end badly. Alternatively of course, there is still a chance that a situation could go well if you answer most of your questions incorrectly.
Aside from answering the trivia questions there is no actual gameplay in Majotori. It is a purely casual experience with no game skill involved aside from having a decent level of general knowledge. This makes for a nice game to play inbetween doing other things. It is entertaining and has a great level of humour, but it certainly not capable of sustaining that entertainment for extended lengths of time. It is however, a game that can be returned to easily due to it’s undemanding nature and it’s ability to be played in short chunks.
Visually, Majotori is very simple. There is nothing essentially outstanding about the games art style but it does work very, very well with the gameplay as a whole. The basic, cartoon type graphics are un-intrusive during the trivia sections and are endearing during the scene setting and aftermath of each situation. Essentially, the game maintains a competent style that fits well with the theme and premise which in turn provides Majotori with a style that feels natural and works well with the casual nature of the game. The graphics are not amazing, but they don’t need to be and it doesn’t have any negative impact on the game.
The soundtrack works perfectly with the quirky feel of the game and although, much like the graphics, it is not a complicated or intricate soundtrack it is still perfectly enjoyable. The light-hearted and comedic nature of Majotori and the upbeat, cheerful music are an excellent pair indeed and the games humorous nature is very much enhanced by it’s simple but effective soundtrack.
A funny, relaxed and interesting experience, Majotori successfully creates a pleasant time filler for engaging in between other activities and potentially even an informative experience through it’s varied scope of general knowledge questions. However, if gore and violence bothers you then it’s best that this game is avoided since some of it’s outcomes do barge un-apologetically into dark humour.