Mail Time is a Whimsical Journey Through a Magical Forest

Step Into a World of Mushroom Gnomes and Furry Friends

 

Mail Time | Featured

Unlike Puzzles for Clef, I had no familiarity with Mail Time prior to checking it out during GDC 2022. I didn’t even know until today that the game was just recently fully funded via Kickstarter. But really, that’s not what matters. What matters is how amazingly charming Mail Time looks already.

Mail Time | Water

Published by Freedom Games, Mail Time is essentially the work of one hardworking woman named Kela. She did pretty much everything, other than the music composition and dialogue writing. Those are both by Gina Loughlin and Bloo Van Der Deijl, respectively. And thanks to the coordination of all three, Mail Time looks pretty polished.

Mail Time | Pronouns

The game is supposed to play like a platformer from the N64 era. Think Banjo-Kazooie, but a bit more laid back. Unlike Puzzles for Clef, Mail Time isn’t just trying to be cozy. Sure, it’s not trying to melt your brains with difficulty. But the game is made with more than one audience in mind. Take for instance how the game allows you to choose your pronouns for your little mushroom gnome. Or how the game has hidden super challenging sections, just to keep things fresh.

Mail Time is the first full scale project by Kela, but you wouldn’t know it. This adorable platformer has you delivering mail to woodland creatures and maybe picking up fun collectibles like bottlecaps along the way. You even have an emotional support bee (yes you heard that right). While the little bumbler doesn’t do anything yet, the publishers confirmed that eventually it will have some gameplay functionality.

Mail Time | Friends

What really drew me to this game was the visual style. It’s almost claymation-esque, and distinctly reminds me of Yoshi’s Crafted World and Yoshi’s Woolly World. While right now it’s only slated to come to PC, it will allow both mouse / keyboard and controller options. And best of all, the game is all about getting into a mellow vibe and exploring. You don’t lose health, and if you fall into a pit, you’ll just respawn someplace more convenient. Best of all, there’s all sorts of hidden paths that only the most adventurous platformer fan will discover.

Mail Time | Glide

I’m really pleased with how Mail Time is coming along now. And hopefully it does well on Steam, because maybe then there’s a chance I can one day play this on my Nintendo Switch. Either way, thanks again to Freedom Games for their time. And stay tuned to HPP for more upcoming GDC 2022 coverage.

Josh Speer
Got my start in the industry at oprainfall, but been a game fanatic since I was young. Indie / niche advocate and fan of classics like Mega Man, Castlevania and Super Metroid. Enjoys many genres, including platformers, turn based / tactical RPGs, rhythm and much more. Champion of PAX West and Knight of E3.

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