Golf Peaks Review
Golf Peaks is a great use of the idea of golf, with rule modifications that make it less a score-conscious sports simulation and instead an amazing puzzle game. I had a great time with it for the few hours that it took to get through all the puzzles, enjoying the challenge and calming ambience of it all.
Hell Warders Review
Sometimes, genre-gene splicing produces messy monstrosities, and sometimes it produces something unexpectedly interesting. In the case of Hell Warders, we’re looking at the progeny of the action-RPG genre infused with the DNA of tower defense. Toss in the visual aesthetic of Dark Souls, and you have a game salad that works pretty well.
Q.U.B.E. 2 Review
If you want to play Q.U.B.E. 2 – something that I do recommend overall, as it’s a pretty fun, if weirdly confounding puzzle game – then I can only recommend the Switch version if you have literally no other way to play it. Or at least, I ASSUME that my problems with this version are Switch related.
OlliOlli: Switch Stance Review
After five years, a wealth of console ports, and a 2015 sequel, OlliOlli is back, and it's bringing its zany, high-octane action to the Nintendo Switch in the form of OlliOlli: Switch Stance. Aside from its wonderfully punny title, Switch Stance – published by Gambitious – bundles both OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood into one convenient, consumer-friendly package.
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.
My Memory of Us Review
With a Steamboat Willie early cartoon aesthetic, My Memory of Us is an attention-grabbing curiosity. This puzzle platformer adventure is no lighthearted journey, however, but joins that small handful of video games willing to take on that heaviest of subject matter, the Holocaust and in this case, the subjugation of Polish Jews in WWII.
Mages of Mystralia Review
But I’ve really easily played over 15 hours of this game, and that’s worth something! The combat is fine enough, but the puzzles are the things I thought were the best parts of the game and the ones that really stand out as something I’d like to go back to. They were fun and engaging and by far the best part and if there was more focus on them, I’d be singing praises.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Review
In spite of its uneven difficulty, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is an easy recommendation for fans of JRPGs. Its world is large, combat is varied, and solid pacing makes it an easy game to digest – especially from the comfort of the Switch's handheld mode.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review
Overall, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a decent spin-off. The hack-and-slash gets tiresome, but it works in small bursts and is a fine fit for the Switch's handheld mode. The graphical genre shifts and peppered-in minigames provide good variety, thematically feeding into Travis’ love for games.
Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Deluxiest Edition Review
Overall, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a light-hearted turn-based RPG with some novel concepts attached to it. Still, the magic wears thin pretty fast as there is not much strategy and variation involved in the combat, while side quests are mostly glorified fetch jobs.
Rain World Review
For its beautiful presentation and for all of the ponderous ruminations about life that it might invoke within the player, it’s a crying shame that Rain World just doesn't feel very fun to play. While there is nothing wrong with sluggishness and weight as intentional designs, the options given to the player feel totally at odds with the sheer relentlessness and urgency of the systems at work.
I didn’t have fun with Viviette. The puzzles lacked any logical answers, and there was little motivation to explore. The story lacked emphatic moments and failed to entice me to struggle through the rough points. There was an effective crafting of terror, but no pay off with that lone success either.
ARK: Survival Evolved (Switch) Review
ARK: Survival Evolved is a solid survival adventure with unique mechanics, an intriguing mystery and lore, and plenty of years of development in its past to show for it. However, there are just too many issues on the Switch version right now to enjoy it to its fullest.
Nairi: Tower of Shirin Review
While I think Nairi: Tower of Shirin had a potential to be a perfectly-scored game, I have to dock enough points to keep it just below it. Subject yourself to the setback of an unsatisfactory ending but experience an otherwise extraordinary graphic adventure. I highly recommend you to join Nairi and Rex on their journey, and hope that I get to join them on a sequel very soon!
Genuine artistry is hard to come by. Many developers pour their hearts and souls into their work and unfortunately, things often get lost in translation. However, with Nomada Studio’s Gris, everything just seems to fall into place, while brilliantly conveying a powerful message about dealing with loss and reconciling with the past.
Gal Metal Review
Gal Metal is an average rhythm game that definitely falls in the “lost potential” category. With the huge falter that is the main plotline, the most appealing part of the main campaign would be the character interactions. Gameplaywise, Gal Metal is a novel concept that is ultimately limited by the accuracy of the motion control hardware.