Did you ever want to be a hole and simply swallow everything on your way? Well, even if you didn’t, the Donut County is a game that will make sure you do. And it is really fun.
Developed by Ben Esposito, Donut County is an indie game released in August this year for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, and macOS. The game will cost you from $4.99 for iOS app to $12.99 for PlayStation 4 and you will need at least a 64-bit processor to play it on Windows.
Donut County is published by Annapurna Pictures the same studio that gave us critically acclaimed movies like Phantom Thread, 20th Century Women, Joy, American Hustle and others which received prestigious awards. When it comes to games, Annapurna Pictures published amazing games that truly touch the person with their story and uniqueness, such as Florence and What Remains of Edith Finch. In Donut County, the player is a hole which swallows everything on its way. Of course, it’s more complicated than that and there are rules to respect, like physics.
The cast of characters is fun and cute so you will like the game from its visuals right away. The hole is controlled by BK, a raccoon who wants to earn prizes so he swallows his friends and everything else by the hole. As it usually is the case, BK falls into his own hole and ends up with the very friends that fell into it before. And now he is in a pickle since all of his friends demand answers 999 feet underground.
This is a really relaxing game although it uses physics and puzzles to progress. The hole grows over time, starting with small things like rocks and teacups. The more it eats, the bigger it will become and that is when you have to start planning your munching. The best way to go is to create an order what to swallow first, starting from the smallest items and then, as the hole grows, you go after the bigger ones. In the end, the hole will be enormous, able to swallow houses and more than one at the time.
Watching the things disappear in the hole is satisfying and gratifying, to the extent that you don’t want to stop. So who can blame that goofy raccoon for creating havoc with the neighbors?! And swallowing his neighbors as well. Because this hole doesn’t discriminate, and for BK everything that will bank is valuable. Items like fireworks and catapults will help to dislodge something if it gets stuck, which can happen.
There are narrative breaks between levels with BK’s neighbors trashing on him for trapping them underground with his hole. The dialogue is funny and each character has its own personality trait which is added to the cartoonish environment of the game. If I had to compare BK to anyone from popular culture, then it would be Scrat and his acorn obsession with the Ice Age franchise.
If you need something comforting, then play Donut County and be a hole. It may feel weird at the beginning, but you will quickly discover the perks of being a hole in the world.