While Maria the Witch seems slightly more complicated than your typical game, a better button outlay may have made it a lot less frustrating. I just wanted to be in control, or to feel in control, of Maria far more than I did. Now to go and lie down before I have nightmares of flying my broomstick into yet another wall...
Cute visuals can't prevent Maria the Witch from being anything other than an incredibly lazy port of an already mediocre and generic mobile clone. A derivative, boring and regularly frustrating experience that has had no care applied in bringing it to Nintendo Switch. The laborious gameplay and obtuse controls, combined with bland, uninspired level design and by-the-numbers progression, reduce it to being one of the most disposable titles on the system. Don't let the admittedly pleasant art style fool you - Maria the Witch really isn't worth taking for a spin.
Maria the Witch has one superficial element in its defence, which is a rather pleasant visual outlook...and that's it. Beyond this, the game's appalling controls and mechanics make it impossible to recommend to anyone at all and it features no redeeming factors whatsoever.
This game is total crap and the eShop description and screenshots don't make it clear what kind of game it is. I bought it expecting a cute-em-up along the lines of Cotton or Magical Chase. Only when I start it up do I realize that it's basically a Flappy Bird clone with controls that make the game borderline unplayable. It's very clear this was ported directly from mobile, without any care to adjust the controls or the menu layout. There were several times where I was stuck on a menu, pressing every single button and wondering why nothing was happening, only to realize that there was a hand cursor I had to drag around and click on buttons with (using the RIGHT analog stick). Talk about asinine! It's especially ridiculous considering that the Switch has a touch screen on it, why not use it? In any case, you probably won't spend enough time with this game to figure it out anyway because the controls are so frustrating and the gameplay so dull. If I knew what kind of game this was I never would have spent $5 on it (which is a full dollar more than iOS. Again, why?). Nintendo needs to implement a refund system for the eShop so people won't get tricked into buying shovelware crap like this with no way to get their money back.