Lonesome Villageby Aethyna Nov 7, 2022 | 1 Votes | 47 Played | 0 Reviews 9 rate Help the coyote rescue the village's many inhabitants from the mysterious and sinister tower by solving a variety of puzzles in this cozy life simulation game, Lonesome Village! Travel from floor to floor of the tower to free various villagers, help the freed villagers with whatever they need, and unlock new places to explore! Play Now Similar Games Played
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Lonesome Village is a puzzle-driven and cozy life simulation game where you play as a coyote who was drawn to a village called Ubhora by a talking mirror. The inhabitants of Ubhora have one day just vanished into thin air. It might have something to do with the menacing tower that rose out of the ground seemingly overnight though! Venture into the tower and solve various puzzles to free the trapped villagers and hopefully figure out what’s behind everything that had happened in this unsuspecting town!
Ubhora was once a lively village, filled with all sorts of animal inhabitants. However, one day, during a festival, as the fireworks are being set off, people start disappearing one by one. Eventually, there was no one left in the town, and instead, a mysterious multi-floor tower with a glowing eye at the very top – the Eye of Sauron reference, anyone? – emerged from the ground at the edge of the town.
In this game, you play as a young coyote adventurer who was being compelled by a mysterious talking mirror to head to Ubhora to hopefully solve its mystery and rescue the poor folks trapped in the tower. Will you be able to do it?
Lonesome Village has a fairly simple gameplay. Its loop mainly consists of three aspects, namely solving various puzzles at the tower to rescue the villagers trapped there, helping the villagers with anything they need by completing their quests, and lastly, collecting and crafting a variety of items that the quests, or sometimes, the tower may require.
Now, in terms of the puzzles in this game, it’s interesting to note that all of them are designed to be fairly simple to solve, making the game, in addition to its “gore and violence”-free theme, suitable for even kids to play. There is a very nice variety of them too, with each tower level usually offering a different kind of puzzle for you to solve, whether it is a switch-based puzzle, a mirror puzzle, or a maze.
Once solved, you’ll be rewarded with an item that you can then use to free whichever villagers – yes, sometimes you get to free a few of them per level – who were trapped there. Not to mention, the tower also conveniently has an elevator that you can use to easily access any level you’ve unlocked, making it super easy to exit the tower to go do something else outside and then return to the floor you were on before.
This is actually a crucial aspect of the game because you can’t just blaze your way through all the puzzles on each tower floor. Some floors are locked behind a Hearts counter, which only allows you access to the next floor if you’ve earned the indicated number of Hearts. Note that Hearts can be obtained by simply helping villagers which whatever they need. There are some floors that are gated behind an altar which demands a specific kind of offering/tribute. You’ll then have to figure out how to get said item/s. Similar to its puzzles, it’s usually not all that hard so you don’t need to worry about getting stuck and not being able to progress any further without outside help.
As mentioned, freeing villagers is only a part of the help you can provide to the good people of Ubhora though! They will need your help to get their lives back on track. Most of the quests here are fetch quests, where you’ll be asked to get them an X number of a specific type of fish or some twigs. Most of these items can be collected directly from the environment. At one point in the game, you’ll also be able to farm fruits by digging holes, planting seeds, and watering them before waiting for them to mature so you can gather your harvest.
However, as you progress, you’ll get slightly more complicated quests that add another step into the mix – crafting! For instance, at one point, you will be able to turn the fruits you’ve collected into delicious baked goods at the café.
Some quest givers will provide you with specific tools just so you can get another kind of resource that they need, such as having an ax to chop down a tree for logs. As pointed out before as well, you can actually go fishing for fishes here. Fishing is very straightforward in this game. Simply hurl the floater into the water and reel the fish in once you see the floater bobbing about wildly. There’s no line tension to speak of and the fish will not escape from you.
Eventually, you may find your inventory is full of stuff you’ve crafted or collected. When that happens, know that you can easily offload some of the items to a shared chest which you can access from anywhere that has the same chest, such as the one at your camp in the woods and the one in the elevator of the tower.
As you progress, you’ll be able to unlock new areas on the map, find ways to access “loot” stashes and meet different yet colorful characters from Ubhora. There are some elements of exploration with reward chests stashed here and there around the map, but these chests are fairly obvious - unlike in some Metroidvania games – and it’s easy enough to figure out how to get to them.
Now, as fun as the game has been, I did feel as though Lonesome Village isn’t just a cozy game but it might have actually been designed with children in mind. The puzzles are really simple – mindless, even - to solve, even for someone who isn’t all too familiar with them, and the game does tend to do a whole lot of handholding throughout.
The graphics in this game are simply fantastic. The bold outlines for everything, from the statues to the characters, along with its vibrant colors, really makes the visuals pop out. Needless to say, the cute characters help a lot as well!
The sound here is good too, featuring a selection of soundtracks that match perfectly to the environment you’re in, be it in the gloomy tower or in town. I should also note that the characters here don’t have any voice acting. Instead, they make gibberish noises as they speak and you’ll have to read their dialogue to know what they are actually saying.
Lonesome Village is the epitome of a cozy life sim, featuring fun yet relaxing puzzles to solve, villagers to save and help, as well as a mystery to uncover as you advance through the game and its story. The game, however, might be a bit too shallow and easy for adults and might be more suited for kids to enjoy.