Nintendo Switch

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.

Golf Peaks Review

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.

Hell Warders Review

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.

Q.U.B.E. 2 Review

The Raven Remastered Review

And so I guess that’s a really roundabout way of saying that man, I had a really enjoyable time with The Raven Remastered. It really managed to use the basics a good adventure game to make a rather gripping, enjoyable little riff on a Hercule Poirot story.

The Raven Remastered Review

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.

OlliOlli: Switch Stance Review

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.

Odallus: The Dark Call Review

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.

My Memory of Us Review

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.

Mages of Mystralia Review

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.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Review

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.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review

Nidhogg 2 (Switch) Review

It's a shame that the single-player and online components of Nidhogg 2 are so underwhelming, because the local multiplayer itself is quite fun. As a party game, the game has a lot to offer, especially when passing the controllers around and playing the game in small doses.

Nidhogg 2 (Switch) Review

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.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Deluxiest Edition Review

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.

Rain World Review

Viviette Review

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.

Viviette Review

911 Operator Review

911 Operator is about as solid as it could be. It’s a simulation game doing its best to depict a real job, and at the end of the day could only get so close to what a real life 911 Operator does on a daily basis.

911 Operator Review

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.

ARK: Survival Evolved (Switch) Review

Katamari Damacy Reroll Review

Katamari Damacy is a delightful puzzle game that’s fueled by Japanese quirk, much of it front-loaded by a wild and wooly title sequence involving singing ducks, dancing pandas, rainbows, and giant mushrooms moving to the rhythm of a shockingly catchy theme song.

Katamari Damacy Reroll Review

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!

Nairi: Tower of Shirin Review

GRIS Review

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.

GRIS Review

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.

Gal Metal Review