Indie publisher eastasiasoft’s latest title sees them team up with developer Softstar Entertainment for a new title in the Sword and Fairy universe. Sword and Fairy Inn 2 is the title and after previously releasing on PC it has now made its way onto the Nintendo Switch. Here is my review of that version.
Sword and Fairy Inn 2 is a laid back life simulation RPG where you’ll be running an inn alongside Chibi characters from the Sword and Fairy universe. Titles like this usually appeal to me but after playing through this I was a bit disappointed due to the game not being ported to consoles very well. The core gist of the gameplay is that you run an inn where customers will come in and you need to work to feed them. This means you’ll have to come up with a menu for the day that will hopefully please the customers who show up. Of course, you can’t run an inn without people and so you need to select staff members to fill roles like the chef and so on. Doing all of these tasks is a bit of a pain though as you are doing everything from menus and navigating them on the Switch or controller is cumbersome as you have to use the shoulder buttons to navigate. Too frequently I found it hard to determine what I had selected and so doing things just takes longer than it should. I wish more work could’ve been done here as it still feels like you should be playing this on PC or mobile.
As you get things going and start growing your inn, you’ll gradually learn how to cook new dishes and will also need to hire more staff as more and more customers will start coming in. You can also improve the inn by buying new furniture and get more ingredients by buying seeds or upgrading your fields. The fields let you plant and harvest your seeds so you can unlock new recipes. All of your improvements will cost money that you earn at the end of each day or that you earn from completing various quests. You can also spend money training your staff members to be better at various tasks like cooking and serving faster. Once you get things up and running the game starts to get kind of boring as I was just doing the same things over and over each day for the most part. This is a game that kind of shows mostly everything it has to offer in the first few hours and then settles into just repeating things.
The story in the game didn’t really appeal to me that much as you mostly just meet and talk with various characters from across the Sword and Fairy universe. I’m not that familiar with this long running series so I didn’t get much of what was going on and that will be the case for anyone else who hasn’t played other games in the franchise. Visually the game is quite charming with its Chibi art style but it also suffers from some blurriness which hurt the image quality.
Sword and Fairy Inn 2 is a relaxing management game but one that didn’t make the transition from mouse and keyboard to console very well. Navigating menus with the controls here is annoying and while building up your inn is fun for a while, the repetition of tasks starts to set in later on. I would recommend this to fans of the series for the most part as they’ll get the most out of it but I’m not sure how long anyone will really want to stay working here.
*Sword and Fairy Inn 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch and PC. Nintendo Switch version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.