the titular game boy
Phoenotopia is good as hell. It's most readily compared to Zelda 2, in that it has an overworld where little greyscale monster encounters appear randomly on the map, and its side scrolling 2D action everywhere else, but the comparisons mostly end there. P:A has tons of thoughtful puzzles, challenging minigames, fishing and cooking, fun characters, gorgeously and impossibly detailed pixel art, an amazing soundtrack, and a nice story to go along with it all!!
But dont just take my word for it. Our own madhair had plenty of good to say about it: https://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/switch-eshop/phoenotopia_awakening
I bought this game on a whim and I cannot express how pleased I am. I havent stopped playing it. There is just SO MUCH TO DO!! The towns are so densely populated & lived in, and begging to be explored. There are so many little side areas, each with it's own carefully constructed challenge or puzzle to overcome.
Alright, alright. I'm gushing. But I just gotta talk about this game, and I think the TT discord is getting sick of it. Someone else playing this?!