NAIRI: Tower of Shirin
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NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a great game overall and a fun experience for both casual players who want something to pick up and play in short bursts, as well as for veterans of the genres it encompasses who want something to binge play it all in one evening. This is a good indie addition to any library of a visual novel or point and click adventure fan – and bonus points go to the game for being so charming, cute and adorable
My time with Nairi: Tower of Shirin was both a real test of brain power with tough puzzles but also a charming retreat in which I lost myself within a story that captivated me.
Nairi: Tower of Shirin is a witty, cute, and quirky point-and-click adventure. Silly and slightly morbid, Nairi shines with unique characters, hand-drawn artwork, and challenging but fair puzzles. It is held back slightly by some confusing navigation, a few bugs, and the inability to save your progress, but this charming little gem is a must-play for fans of the genre.
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a gorgeous and entertaining puzzle adventure with charming characters. It lasted me, a puzzle novice, 8-10 hours, but mileage will vary. If you can forgive the awful cliffhanger ending, this is a game worth buying. But wait a couple weeks so the developer can fix the serious game-stopping bugs!
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a very fun game that I highly recommend you give a try – it's absolutely worth it. The game has a very cute look and a charming cast that will keep you coming back for more until you make it to the end. Do let me know what you think of NAIRI: Tower of Shirin on Nintendo Switch!
There’s something about Nairi that feels great that I can’t quite explain. The art and personality of its characters is consistently endearing, the puzzles feel mostly organic rather than forced or plain weird (at least by genre standards), and it’s simply satisfying to play. While not all aspects are perfect and there are spots where it can drag it still has managed to carve out a legitimate spot for itself among the many titles in this genre on Switch.
There's a good chance you've probably never heard of NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, but that doesn't mean this hidden gem should pass you buy. Sure, it doesn't have the pedigree of a Double Fine game or the licence exposure of something from TellTale's back catalogue, but it still offers up a safe and engaging world full of quirky characters, challenging puzzles and all the screen-tapping backgrounds you could ask for. It's no great reimagining of the genre, but it's still a curio worth playing nonetheless.
I look forward to the inevitable follow-up and recommend puzzle fans to take a look.
One last thing I should mention: this game is Part 1 of a series, something I wish the game had disclosed upfront to set proper expectations. Tower of Shirin felt like just the right length to me and didn't leave me feeling like I had played half of a game, but the cliffhanger ending leaves Nairi way short of fulfilling her quest. I don't see this as a strike against the game, but being forewarned may save some people from being disappointed.
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin is a delightful and cozy point-and-click adventure you can feel good about letting your kids play.