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Ooblets Is the Game We Needed Right About Now

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Ooblets, the long-anticipated game from Glumberland, is finally out in early access on Xbox One and the PC’s Epic Games Store. A lot of people have been wanting to play for many reasons for years, but something about the timing of this release feels especially resonant. Ooblets is here when we need it more than ever.

Describing Ooblets is a bit difficult without knowing a few cultural touchstones. Its structure feels built on the back of Stardew Valley, which itself refined elements from Story of Seasons: you spend time and energy every day on tasks, and farm management is a big component. Its creature collection is certainly echoing Pokémon, though its combat feels more like Slay the Spire, Hearthstone or SteamWorld Quest. The chill, run-errands-and-talk-to-people setup has some Animal Crossing DNA. And the writing style, fueled by years of being quirky on the internet, is very much its own.

What makes Ooblets work so well right now is a combination of relentless positivity,…

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