Game Review: Donut County (PC)

Posted October 1, 2022 by Angie in Video Game Reviews / 0 Comments

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About:

ESRB Rating: Everyone (Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence)
Publisher: Annpurna Interactive
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Single Player
Nintendo || Xbox || Steam || Amazon

Story:

BK, a raccoon working at a donut shop, opens up holes all over town. The residents, along with all of their belongings, get sucked underground, where BK and Mira must figure out a way to get everyone back to the surface. And stop the real enemy behind these mysterious sucking holes.

Visuals:

Donut County uses a low-poly graphic style and a bright color palette. I really enjoyed the way it looked. It definitely fit the quirky tone of the game. Although at times, some objects and animals were hard to figure out what they were suppose to be.

There’s a variety of environments and characters, and there’s always something to look at as you’re sucking up everything in sight.

Sound Effects + Music:

I honestly didn’t pay too much attention to the background music. It’s fine. The track that plays when you finish a level did bring a smile to my face, because it just has this silly vibe to it. I can’t really describe it, but you’ll understand if you hear it.

There’s no voice acting at all, and minimal sound effects in general. It’s a pretty quiet game, but that didn’t bother me. You did get different sounds when interacting with certain objects, but it’s not constant noise.

Gameplay + Controls:

Donut County is really straight forward. You move the hole around under objects to make them fall in. As more and more objects get into the hole, the larger it grows, and the bigger objects that can then be swallowed. There are some puzzle elements to it as you move along. You’ll need to use certain objects in the hole to trigger other events, and it was always fun to figure out what that might be.

I played on my PC with an Xbox controller and it was fine. I do think this game lends itself better to touch screen, since you’d have more direct control over where the hole was moving. But there’s no time limit, so it doesn’t matter if you miss an object and have to readjust. Except maybe for the final boss battle, which was unexpected and a ton of fun!

Replayability:

Donut County only took me about two hours, maybe, to complete. There are a ton of achievements, some you get just for progressing the story, others are for side tasks. For whatever reason, none of the ones I completed triggered. In fact, the app doesn’t even registered the game as played at all. I’m not sure if that’s an issue with the game or with my computer. But I don’t plan on playing again to earn those achievements (including the ones I should have gotten in the first place).

Overall:

Donut County is a really fun and quirky game with a silly story and memorable characters. It’s a great way to pass a couple of hours, and will definitely bring a smile to your face.

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