The steampunk indie text-based adventure game 80 Days is now available on Nintendo Switch. It was previously released on PC, Android, and iOS.
According to the developer, “80 Days has been fully optimized for Nintendo Switch, with every part of the user interface redesigned or reconsidered for play in either handheld or docked mode, using the Joy-Con controllers or touch screen functionality.”
You play Jean Passepartout, a young French servant to a British aristocrat named Phileas Fogg. Fogg, who is prolific among London’s upper class, wagers that he can circle the planet in a mere 80 days. Whether you can pull off the gambit is entirely dependent on your choices in the game.
The game – which draws inspiration from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days – employs a text-based narrative that hearkens back to old-school text adventures. A majority of your time is spent reading, but there are also light strategy elements as well. Your goal, after all, is to span the globe in fewer than three months’ time. In order to do this, you will need to chart the most efficient paths possible, plan your time wisely, and manage cash reserves.
When it first came out on PC in 2015, we gave it an 8.5 out of 10. At the time, I called it a “must-play for fans of text adventures and light strategy games.”
The Switch version is available now on Nintendo’s eShop for $12.99. It comes in at a modest 135 MB, so you won’t need a lot of free space.