Review: The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

High school is typically one of the most confusing times in a person’s life. Unsure of what your future will be and how you fit into the world, teens deal with existentialism in various ways. Some stick to studying and become straight-A students, others stray from the path and wind up delinquents. For everyone, though, they’re just trying to discover who they are and how they’ll contribute to this shared experience we call life.

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa, a genre mash-up indie title from developer Yeo, is an exploration of what I said above. Taking place in a quaint Japanese town, the game casts players in the role of a high school student that seems hell-bent on being the biggest badass he can be. While it contains some excellent dialogue and powerful moments, a rotten bug in the Switch version can end up souring your experience.

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