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It is, by and large, a very silly game. But it’s a kind of silliness that’s going to leave you grinning from ear to ear, and with sweaty palms. And you can’t ask much more of a wrestling game than that.
It all results in a game that is enjoyable enough while you’re playing it, but it doesn’t leave a massive or lasting impression. At a discounted price it’s well worth looking into if you’re after a solid arcade racing package – but it doesn’t do quite enough to be a must buy.
PAKO Caravan is original, charming and surprisingly entertaining. There’s so much to like here, and there’s always something to do as well. If you’re looking for a game with a pure heart and a decent level of challenge then this one’s well worth checking out.
The matching itself is a fun enough diversion, and the Tintin trappings are definitely going to appeal to fans of the quiffed journalist. But the entertainment value slowly but surely leaks out of the game as you fail, fail and fail again.
Ultimately however, this consistent – if arguably stubborn – insistence on sticking to a script and getting everything out of it is Manifold Garden’s greatest strength. It’s an impressive piece of work both in terms of its design and aesthetics, and anyone after a puzzle game which looks a little different to most – and one that offers up a solid challenge to boot – should certainly pick it up.
It’s not quite an RTS, not quite a single player MOBA and not quite a tower defense game. It’s something in between and you’re going to have fun exploring the options that it offers you.
Lonely Mountains: DownhillSwitch
There are sixteen trails set across four different mountains, but there’s no two player mode or any other options beyond beating high scores. There’s definitely a desire from the developer to support the game though with DLC adding a fictional volcanic island of Eldfjall this month, but make no mistake – this is not a title that boasts stacks of options.
The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED]Switch
It might not do quite enough to reach a particularly large audience, but if you’re in the market for a game that’s quite like anything else out there – and are willing to put up with some intentionally archaic frustrations – you can’t really can’t go far wrong with The Eternal Castle Remastered.
Otherworld Legends won’t change the way you look at ARPGs, but it’ll entertain you for long enough that you won’t begrudge it its foibles too much. There are better action slashers out there, but this one fits really pretty well into pocket-sized gaming sessions.
Athenion: Tactical CCG is an incredibly deep experience and if you let it it’s going to sink its teeth deep into you. Anyone looking for a casual experience should give it a wide berth, but if you’re longing for a card-based mobile scrapper that has a tonne of meat on its bones it’s definitely worth checking out.
Numsol is one of those perfect mobile puzzlers that scratches your head-scratching itches in all of the right ways. It’s not going to change the way you think about the world or anything like that, but it’ll keep you pleasantly entertained for a good long while.
Double Kick HeroesSwitch
What isn’t hugely enjoyable are the cutscenes, which are poorly written and only repeatedly drive home how unlikable the main characters are. This is an almost negligible issue though. Double Kick Heroes offers up a solid – if on occasion unspectacular – rhythm action game that fans of the genre should certainly check out.
Robotics! is the sort of game that ends up eating a lot of your time, whether you want it to or not. It’s bright, it’s silly and it’ll keep you entertained for a good long while.
So if you’re looking for something a little different in the FPS genre on the Switch – and don’t want to delve into the past – then Project Warlock might be worth considering. Yet the ports of the first two Doom titles ultimately represent far better value, and offer a much more rewarding and balanced experience.
Motorball is a smash and grab arcade blast of fun. It sets out its stall from the first match and doesn’t let up. Whether you’ve only got a couple of minutes to spare or a few hours to waste, Motorball is going to deliver.
Half Past FateSwitch
Half Past Fate isn’t a bad game by any means, and is a fine way to spend a few hours – but it’s not much more than that. So really it’s the perfect representation of the lightweight romantic comedy films it looks to mimic.
And that’s about it. If you’re a fan of the show then there’s a lot of nods and winks, and you’ll even be able to watch episodes from inside the game. If you’re not, though, then this is just a pretty by-the-numbers experience.
You can’t level-up a follower any further, but if you discover through the Pentagram system that a particular hero type has promise, you can get to work on building one up properly. The Pentagram is basically an audition process, allowing you to identify targets for promotion.
Uncovering more tank-building options is done mostly via reward chests won by using keys, which unlock slowly over time — maybe a little too slowly for people who find themselves hooked on these particular tank battles. Gems can speed up this process and are available as in-app purchases, but it’s also possible to win more just by playing.
Good Sudoku by Zach GageiOS
Throw in some lovely simple presentation, well-written tutorials that walk you through everything and a clever number pad that lets you input your integers, and you’re left with another soothing and absorbing Zach Gage hit.
The Outer WorldsSwitch
There’s also the inevitable hit to the game’s visuals – which were never stunning, but the way they’ve been simplified here can often detract significantly from the spectacle. Performance wise it works as it should, but perhaps only consider this Switch port if you have no alternative format to choose from.
Tales of Crestoria, for most of us, is big and confusing and probably not worth the effort. Tales of… fans will definitely get more out of it, but even then they’re going to spend a lot of time confused, befuddled, and letting the game take care of itself.
Darius Cozmic Collection ArcadeSwitch
It’s bereft of any in-depth making-of material that makes it essential for Darius die-hards, and lacks much to appeal to casual shooter fans – meaning it’s really only worth considering at a cut price.
There are faster and more furious puzzlers out there, and there are simpler ones too. Unsliced inhabits an interesting middle ground, and it does it really rather well. Its gently curving difficulty, easy mechanics and large amount of puzzles are going to keep a good few people entertained for a long time.
It might not have the depth of other card games that fit in your pocket, but Cast absolutely nails pocket-sized midcore gaming. It’s fun, it’s fast and it’s going to drag you back in over and over again.