Jupiter Hadley of Indie Games Plus also discussed the repetitiveness of setting up cameras. Hadley encountered an early version of Nuts as well, and she explained that she “couldn’t shake the feeling that something more was going to happen.” The growing mystery of Nuts serves as the driving force behind the game. The official description of Nuts notes that as the game progresses, things “get weirder and weirder,” suggesting that the game holds a secret that earlier versions may not have fully included.
Heather Alexandra at Kotaku encouraged gamers to pick up Nuts and give it a try. “The process feels like a genuine hunt and there’s a sly sense of satisfaction that comes getting closer to victory,” Alexandra explained. Though Alexandra also reviewed an early version of Nuts, the observations stand, as gameplay remains relatively unchanged.
In the IGN review for the full version of Nuts, Simon Cardy admitted “Although I enjoyed the flow of methodical and relatively unchallenging puzzles, by its final chapter I was left wanting more variation.” Cardy’s criticism did not overshadow their enjoyment of Nuts, and they dubbed it a “relaxing puzzle adventure with an intriguing mystery inside its shell.”
Nuts is available now on Apple Arcade and launches on Steam and Nintendo Switch Feb. 4, 2021. Much like Firewatch and other atmospheric puzzle games, Nuts might just win a spot amongst the indie greats.