Oy vey. I love me a good Metroidvania but Mable & The Wood is, to put it bluntly, not a good Metroidvania. It’s an unappealing, broken, and frustrating mess that fans of the sub-genre should steer far away from. If that’s not enough to scare you, check out my full review at the end of the excerpt.
Quality Metroidvanias are in no short supply these days, making it harder than ever to rise above the pack. Mable & The Wood attempts to stand out by giving players the ability to transform into various forms, from a spider to a ghost, relying on their unique skills to progress. While a cool idea, the execution leaves much to be desired thanks to clunky controls, bland design, and unfriendly exploration. (FULL REVIEW)