Released (on Steam): 28 Mar, 2017
Genres: Adventure, Casual, Indie
Steam Price: £4.79
Lariat the witch will make your wish will come true if you win a game of trivia, but if you lose, something dark will happen instead. How many lives will your ignorance ruin?
Majotori is a narratrivia, an original little game that combines an interactive narrative with a quiz game.
Completion: Completed twice (started third).
Playtime at Review: 4.2 hours
Total Playtime: 4.2 hours
Achievements at Review: 16/16 (100%)
My rating: 8.1/10
Trivia centred around gaming, anime, and movies!
The stories and the lighted-hearted manner in which they're told are great!
Easy to 100% (for the achievement hunters out there).
No option to replay specific stories.
Majotori is a different breed of game from the usual ideas that come to mind when you think “video game”, or at least from my ideas. It combines visual novel and trivia to tell short stories of a variety of different characters, with the outcome of each story depending on how well you answer a set of trivia questions, along with a luck factor luck thrown in if you have a mix of right and wrong answers.
The stories vary in length, with some lasting a few rounds/chapters depending on your trivia results. Successfully answer the questions, and you’ll likely get the positive branch of the story. Answer poorly and the chances are you’ll be ruining the character’s lives, and maybe even killing them! Even the stories that are just a single round would have at least two possible results for them, so there’s a good reason to play the game through at least twice. The stories were a decent mix too. You can go from happy and funny to serious and depressing (still told in a light-hearted manner) in an instant.
What’s great about the trivia in Majotori is that the questions heavily revolve around games, film, anime, and other areas that tend to be well known by a lot of gamers. I’ve just started my third playthrough and there seem to be more than enough questions in the bank to have not seen a repeat so far. There’s a “trivia only” mode for those who just want the trivia side of things too, which means it could easily be used as a trivia party game.
Quite frankly, I loved Majotori! I found the humour in the story-telling perfect, and while my anime knowledge isn’t great, I really enjoyed all the trivia questions! If you enjoy a little trivia, particularly trivia centring around anime, gaming, and movies, then you’ll probably enjoy Majotori. If you enjoy light-hearted short stories, where the fate of the characters lies in your hands/brain, you’ll probably enjoy it even more!
Posted on 04-01-2021