Gato Roboto Review
Although Gato Roboto does not provide the type of sprawling world design that Metroidvania titles are known for, it still does a decent job at reducing this type of experience into a condensed form. The abbreviated process of upgrading Kiki’s mech suit is a satisfying sprint that takes you from helplessness to empowerment at a rapid pace.
Odallus: The Dark Call Review
Odallus may look like an NES game, but it plays and handles progression like contemporary titles, respecting the player’s time and offering numerous secrets in an exploration-based 2D world. I went into Odallus: The Dark Call looking for Castlevania and left with an engaging experience that pays tribute to both classic 8-bit titles and modern Metroidvania games.
Guacamelee 2 (Switch) Review
In a saturated market of non-linear Metroidvania games, Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee stood out for its emphasis on Luchador wrestling brawls and platforming challenges, all with a colorful Mexican flair. Years later, the developers revisit the formula with Guacamelee 2, a solid - albeit iterative - sequel. Oh, and you can play as a chicken.
Marble It Up Review
The premise is quite simple — roll a marble from start to finish as quickly as possible. There’s little innovation to be found in the ‘marble rolling’ genre, and the game doesn’t look to change the formula in any way. It’s a clear homage to marble games of the past, and even the developers behind Marble It Up know it.
Tied Together Review
Tied Together by Headup Games is the latest entry to Nintendo Switch’s ever-growing indie library. This unassuming title may not be a charmer among other, shinier games. However, it’s a solid cooperative puzzle-platformer with relatively interesting gameplay, provided that you have some friends to play together with, as the game is exclusively a couch co-op multiplayer.
Freedom Planet Review
Freedom Planet began life as a Sonic the Hedgehog fangame, and it’s not hard to believe given the core concept: a fast-paced 2D sidescroller starring animals. Looking past the surface, there’s more to this pixelated platformer than meets the eye, and it manages to hearken back to Sega’s classic series while sporting its own identity.
Inside (Switch) Review
Inside, a critically acclaimed masterpiece, has finally made it to the ever-growing list of indie games on Nintendo’s latest console. I was one of the unfortunate folks who had never played this game by Playdead when it was first released in 2016. Naturally, I knew nothing about the game and went into it with huge expectations, yet the game not only exceeded my expectations but also left an everlasting impression.
Dream Alone Review
Dream Alone is one of the darkest games I have played. It’s not because of its chilling storyline, creepy atmosphere or horrifying imagery. Rather, the game display is literally so dark that it’s sometimes hard to see the screen. When factoring in obscured death traps and poor level design, the issues turn this dream into a nightmare.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch) Review
Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze joins Mario Kart 8, Pokkén Tournament, and Hyrule Warriors as part of the recent trend of Wii U games reappearing on the Nintendo Switch. The platformer’s core gameplay remains as fantastic as it ever was, incorporating superb level design and a deliciously challenging campaign. The new content is light, but it’s still pretty funky.
Kirby Star Allies Review
At last, the mainline Kirby series has finally returned to consoles on the Nintendo Switch. Kirby Star Allies revolves around befriending enemies and utilizing their powers, a concept that originated in the SNES classic Kirby Super Star. The game also borrows elements from other titles, such as ability combinations from Kirby 64 and 4-player co-op from Kirby’s Return to Dreamland.
Super One More Jump Review
My initial impression before playing Super One More Jump was that it would be a generic autorunner with only little depth. My impression after playing it is a gigantic smile plastered on my face. The game has a modest concept: guide a pixel-shaped creature to the goal point in each level. Your character runs on his own, and all you have to do is time his jumps onto safe platforms.
Developer Rain Games’ title has all the inner workings of what makes a great indie platformer – a somewhat non-linear Metroidvania structure, environmental puzzles that build off a core mechanic, and a plot that you must unfurl on your own. For the most part, the elements effectively work together, but some physics issues mar the experience.
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Review
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is one of the best launch games the Nintendo Switch currently has to offer. As far as platformers go, the only better option would be to plop money down and get the full Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove experience, which bundles this in. Specter of Torment is such a solid feature-filled game on its own that you wouldn’t guess it was a DLC expansion. Yacht Club Games has outdone itself retooling an already excellent game with new satisfying acrobatic thrills.