Nintendo Switch Review: AER: Memories of Old

AER you any good?

AER puts you in the shoes of Auk, a magical shape-shifting girl who can transform between human and bird. As one of the last few shapeshifters, you are sent on a pilgrimage to the Land of Gods. Uncover the secrets that will help save reality itself.

The game originally came out on other platforms back in 2017, but now the game has a Switch port for those who missed out on it first-time or would like to take the game on-the-go thanks to the portability of the Switch. AER itself is a charming platformer but it’s over all too briefly at around 4 hours. It’s a shame since it has all the makings of a great game and it works for the most part, but it’s over just as it starts hitting its stride.

Gameplay mostly consists of exploring ruins either on-foot or by flying in your bird form, there’s no hard puzzles and there’s no combat so it’s a fairly easy game as you explore and solve the game’s mysteries within the 3 major temples.

Visually, AER is a good-looking game with a unique art style that works with the content well. I didn’t come across any framerate issues or bugs and it ran smoothly from beginning to end. The soundtrack is peaceful and tranquil.

The Verdict

AER: Memories of Old is a charming, but far too brief outing. It has some good ideas and they work well, plus being able to take the game on the move with the Switch is a plus. I just wish it was longer and offered a bit more of a challenge.

Score: 7.0