Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx Review | Nintendo Switch

MIRACULOUS - RISE OF THE SPHYNX

Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is based on the hit children’s television series, Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Developed by GameMill Entertainment, Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx follows the adventures of modern-day teenage superheroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir as they fight to protect the city of Paris. Fans of the series will be happy to know that this game is not a retelling of an event that has happened in the series and is instead, an original story and adventure.

Hawk Moth and his cronies have hatched a plan to unleash a giant sentimonster on the city, and only superhero crime fighters Ladybug and Cat Noir can squash it before it’s too late. Face off against familiar foes from the series as well as some completely new threats. Level up your abilities to put an end to Hawk Moth’s schemes and save the people of Paris once more.

Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is a 3D action-adventure game set in the Miraculous universe. One of the first things you’ll notice about the game is just how good it looks. The city of Paris looks absolutely amazing in the game with full-on 3D environments. Whether it’s accurate or not is beyond me, but my daughter says it looks pretty much the way it looks in the television series. There’s lots of detail in the city and for the most part, you can explore quite a bit of it. However, while the game looks like it would be an open-world game, it’s not.

Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx

The game is very linear and you’ll be making your way through the city and levels on rails. What this means is that the game forces you to take specific paths that you can’t deviate from. On one hand, this keeps the game moving along and makes more sense in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand, I wish I could really explore more of the city on my own. There are many parts in the game that you think you can go to, but you can’t because of invisible walls. It’s understandable though since it is a kids’ game and you have to keep them on track and focused on where to go and what to do. There is still much to explore, however.

Aside from that though, the action in Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is actually pretty good. The combat is pretty solid and fairly simple to learn. You really won’t have much trouble beating enemies or bosses and I’ll stress again that this is a kid’s game with more of a focus on the story. I think it’s a good balance between action and story elements and it keeps things from getting frustrating.

When you’re out of the combat missions, you’ll have a chance to explore a little as Marinette and Adrien, the secret identities of Ladybug and Cat Noir. There’s a whole city area you can walk around and speak with other familiar characters from the television series and visit many of the show’s landmarks. This is a great way to break up the combat sections and dig deeper into the characters’ regular lives.

Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx

I also really like that you can switch back and forth between both characters whenever you want and you’re not limited to just playing as one of the other. Both share similar styles of play, but you can level each independently of the other.

As a kids’ game, Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is a fairly decent affair. I think the colorful art and graphics look pretty good on the Switch and the audio isn’t too bad either. However, I would have enjoyed more voiceovers and less having to read a bunch of text on the screen. Combat elements are also pretty simplistic with basic platforming elements, but again, this is a kids’ game and they do a great job of making it easy for kids to play and move the story along. So with that said, if your kids are fans of the television series, Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, they’ll certainly enjoy Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx.

Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is available now on the Nintendo eShop and at retail stores.


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