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Smash Legends manages to distill multiplayer action into bite-sized chunks that are going to leave you sweaty-palmed and wanting more. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re willing to put the effort in then you’re going to be rewarded with one of the best multiplayer games we’ve seen on mobile for a good long while.
Super Fowlst 2Switch
Our only real criticism is that this could have positioned itself as the complete Fowlst package for console, offering the original Fowlst and Super Fowlst as unlockables. For the low price-tag Super Fowlst 2 is hard to resist though, and anyone after a well presented and charming high-score focused experience should look no further.
And it all boils down to an entertaining, time-consuming distraction. You’ll want your settlement to thrive, which will draw you deeper into the games ecosystem. This is an engaging resource management game that has enough twists and zombies to keep your interest for a long while.
Chaser Tracer skirts the line between twitchy impossibility and “I can do this” pretty darn well. This is a frantic, synthwave-powered draw-’em-up that’s going to frustrate and thrill you in equal measure.
Rain on Your ParadeSwitch
This does occasionally ruin the flow of things, meaning it’s a tough game to completely recommend. The lack of a two player mode also seems odd considering the title’s chaotic nature. Those willing to forgive Rain On Your Parade’s rough edges will find a lot to enjoy though, especially at its well judged price-point.
All in all it makes for an experience that you’re going to quickly lose yourself in. It thrums with the sort of excitement that few other match-stuff puzzlers can match, there’s always a game waiting for you, and the compulsion to build your team is pretty darn pressing.
There’s no doubt the unique world the game has created is intoxicating, and although some might be put off by its retro aesthetics – the filter effect that distorts the picture edges is definitely a love it or hate it thing for example – there’s no doubt it helps elevates the experience above other Metroidvanias. Narita Boy has style and substance in equal measure, and is a massively impressive first game from Studio Koba.
Blixi could have been one of those soothing, engaging puzzles that you play to wind down after a hectic day. Instead it’s the sort of game that you’re going to glance at and then forget entirely.
Nano Legends does everything it sets out to do, and it does it really well. This is a polished, engaging experience. But it doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the table. If you’re an avid fan of the genre then you’re going to love it, but it’s hard to see how it’ll spark anything but mild interest in anyone else.
THE GAME OF LIFE 2Switch
Ultimately The Game of Life 2 isn’t a bad game – and should appeal to families looking for the occasional brief piece of entertainment – but doesn’t offer a slick enough package to justify its price-tag.
Box It Up! Inc is filled with charm and cruelty. Its adorable graphics hide a sadistic streak a mile wide, and that’s going to make you love it even more. This is a brilliant, addictive puzzler packed with neat twists and bright ideas, and you’re going to hate it in just the right way.
Kaze and the Wild MasksSwitch
We’ll therefore admit Kaze’s slightly creepy adoration for 90s platformers – especially those developed by Rare – isn’t a huge issue if you’ve never played a DKC game in your life. But the problem is, a lot of people have. What’s worse is that the entire Donkey Kong Country series from the SNES is on the Nintendo Switch Online service – and it’s cheaper to subscribe to that for a year than it is to buy Kaze and the Wild Masks.
The nostalgic trappings of the experience are a ploy, and one that works pretty darn well. The game bears the hallmarks of nostalgia, of a glimpse into a rose-tinted past, but unabashedly uses them to drag the player into a more mundane and general present.
There’s an option to bone up (get it – because it takes place in the human body? Never mind) on your knowledge outside of the main adventure, but it all takes the form of reading pages of text and answering more questions. And this is our biggest issue with BodyQuest. Instead of teaching through the actual gameplay it takes the easy way out with separate question sections to cover the educational side.
NEOGEO POCKET COLOR SELECTION Vol.1Switch
So ultimately we can’t fault Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1, aside from the fact that it could have perhaps added a few more titles – or swapped in a couple that weren’t brawlers, such as Faselei! or the superlative Card Fighters Clash games. Hopefully those will arrive in Volume 2 though.
Is it as good as the TV show? Well, that all depends on why you enjoy the TV show. If you were hoping it’d capture the existential torment and the pointlessness of cycles of violence, then you’re going to be disappointed. But the punching and kicking? Yeah, it pretty much nails that.
Ping Pong FuryiOS
This is a fast-paced and entertaining sports game that embraces modern mobile game sensibilities. It’s a lot of fun, it can be frustrating at times, and you’re probably going to end up horribly addicted to it. Y’know, in the best way.
Cyanide & Happiness - FreakpocalypseSwitch
You never feel like you’re moving smoothly through the story. Just going over a road with almost endless speed bumps – bumps that occasionally raise a laugh, but there’s a growing frustration as you struggle to make any real progress.
Can't Drive ThisSwitch
Can’t Drive This lacks a little finesse at times, and is perhaps a touch overpriced. But the way it manages to build an fully featured game around what could be a throwaway idea is undeniably impressive. Just don’t bother if you’re going to play it alone.
If you’re after a soothing experience Under Leaves is worth investigating when it gets significantly discounted, but at its current price will likely leave you feeling short-changed.
Sure, if you hate Queen this isn’t going to change your mind, and it lacks the communal nature of the very best rhythm games. But as a brilliant, well put-together traditional solo rhythm experience, it’s hard to beat.
So it’s safe to say there are some very rough edges present – some of the character models are quite frankly terrifying, and there’s a glut of typos – but Mail Mole still ends up being quite the charmer. It’s breezy no nonsense comfort food platforming.
When Slashy Camp clicks, it’s a brilliant, quick-fire burst of arcade murder that you’re going to play with a grin on your face. It might not have the depth of the other games in the series, but you’re going to dip into it time and time again.
PAKO Caravan isn’t high art, but it doesn’t try to be. It offers up a simple concept, does all it can with it – and looks great while doing it. You can’t ask for much more.
Infinite Galaxy is one of those games that’s going to get under your skin. It’s deep, it’s engaging and you’re going to find yourself jumping in day after day to keep spreading your galactic influence. It might not be the most original game in the world, but there’s still a huge amount to do, and you’re going to have a pretty damn good time while you’re doing it.