PAX Online 2020: Nine Witches: Family Disruption – First Impressions

The demo for Nine Witches: Family Disruption is actually the game’s Prologue—literally, that’s the demo’s title—and according to an AMA by the Blowfish Studios team from several months ago, if you enjoy the Prologue, you’ll enjoy the game as a whole once it releases. It’s good to know that the gameplay and overall feel will be consistent, so we feel confident putting our thoughts down about this one (and being able to treat the Prologue as generally representative of the full title, so to speak).

We’ve included the PAX Online listing information for the game at the end of this post, so scroll on down there to read that if you’re not familiar with this game, then come back up to this paragraph. We’re patient! We can wait! And speaking of being patient, if you’re someone who has been waiting for a game that recreates the zany absurdity of Monkey Island and combines it with a bit of metaphorical Nazi-punching, well… your time has come.

The alternate history premise of Nine Witches: Family Disruption is very silly. From ghosts to fart jokes to parodied Nazi occult rituals, it’s ridiculous and yet also oddly compelling. The pixel art evokes nostalgia, and the narrative piques curiosity.

Admittedly, at first we had a bit of concern about yet another game including Nazis. Do we really need more of that? Do we want to see “good” Nazis and feel sympathetic for them? Fortunately, it doesn’t seem that there’s a sympathetic edge in this game—it’s more that the main characters will have to interact with them and infiltrate their schemes. With the main characters in the demo being a professor who uses a wheelchair and his young Japanese assistant, it would be odd to shift sympathies, so we anticipate having many laughs at the Nazis’ expense in the full title.

There’s much to interact with and considerable information about various objects in each level, so there was a lot to do in the Prologue. We spent time reading every description to get the full immersive experience, but it’s not necessary. If you prefer moving the story along, you could wait and just interact with the world as you solve specific puzzles. There is some combat, but it’s fairly simple if not a bit chaotic. As you’d expect from a game of this type.

The occult angle might throw some folks off—it is based in history, as we’ve said, but it takes the Nazi obsession with the occult to another level. But honestly, if you’re a Monkey Island fan, we suggest at the very least trying out the Prologue (available on Steam) and seeing if it’s to your taste.

Information online says Q2 2020 for this title to release, so presumably there will be an update in the very near future. Projected price is $19.99USD.


PAX Online Listing Information:

  • Available on Microsoft Windows / Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4
  • Genre Action & Adventure / Puzzle
  • Release date Coming Soon

October 1944, something strange is happening in Sundäe, a rustic Norwegian town where a mysterious dark moon hangs over the sky, generating uncertainty among its inhabitants.

As World War II continues, the Okkulte-55, a secret division of the Third Reich, arrives in Sundäe to unleash an ancient curse, in a desperate act to twist the course of the war.

Alexei Krakovitz, a quadriplegic professor of occult science and Akiro Kagasawa, his faithful assistant, are sent to Norway on a secret mission to unravel the mystery and save the world from the Okkulte-55 clutches.

An original story with absurd dark humor, riddled with eccentric characters, diabolical inventions, puzzles, occultism, talking dead, witches, worms, a mysterious party, and an ancient curse that threatens the human race.

An adventure so delusional that it will make you delirious to the delirium itself!



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