Say hello to Ava, a little girl who wishes she could be a princess. If she can win a game of trivia then her wish will come true but should she lose then her life will change completely but not for the better.
Welcome to Majotori, a trivia game about a witch called Lariat and the many different people she encounters along the course of the game. When people wish for something she might appear in front of them and at the gamble of a game of trivia, she will grant their wish. Sound a bit different than your usual quiz game? It should do and furthermore, it works. Putting a narrative spin on a trivia game is not something I would have expected to see or find myself playing but here we are. What makes Majotori so interesting is not the series of questions that you will answer but the characters, encounters and stories you experience.
The game is structured so you pick a character and then play through their scenario, play the game of trivia with Lariat and then witness the outcome. Afterwards you will then get to pick another character or play the second part of the last characters story. Some of them will only have one scenario and others will have multiple but all of them will test your knowledge to see if you can win their wish for them. It is worth noting that Majotori might need a few playthroughs to see all the different branching storylines as both winning and losing a game of trivia are both valid story outcomes.
As each of the questions you will come across are broken into four different categories, with over 100 questions in total, there is something for everyone. Videogames, cinema, animation and miscellaneous are all customizable in how frequently they appear, allowing you to tailor the questions in your favour. Even with so many questions you may see a repeat once or twice but the range of questions you face are so impressive that you might even have to Google the answers.
To help keep you entertained during your time with Majotori the game has some cute visuals and some catchy sound design. The writing for the characters and scenarios are also engaging and add a lot of charm to the title. Though lacking in content, keeping the stories short and to the point, this doesn’t take away from the narrative side of the title. Much to my surprise the cast of characters and events is incredibly ranged and is pleasent to see.
Majotori is a lot of fun, if somewhat limited in the type of questions you will face but that does not take away from the game. In fact, what lets the title down is there is not enough of it. As such an engaging title which will bring a smile to your face it would've been nice to have it last longer then just under two hours. Still the game includes a trivia only mode should you just want to play through questions and have fun that way. In all though it’s a title that is worth checking out as it’s one you can enjoy and with the stories alone, it is one worth recommending.
Majotori (Reviewed on Windows)
This game is great, with minimal or no negatives.
Majotori is a lot of fun and an engaging title which will bring a smile to your face. It’s a title that is worth checking out as it’s one you can enjoy and with the stories alone.