Puzzle Quest: The Legend ReturnsSwitch
This remaster for the Nintendo Switch includes the original Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and the Revenge of the Plague Lord expansion, as well as new quests added specifically for this release (nearly 250 in total). It also offers new HD graphics that look pretty good on both the TV and in handheld mode, although some of the text can be hard to read on the Switch screen. The game plays well both ways, too; you can tap and swipe the gem you want to move in portable mode, and just select the gem you want and move the control stick in the direction you want it to go while playing docked.
Super Kirby Clash™Switch
Super Kirby Clash is a fun game that makes fighting somewhat adorable. The battles with AI and local friends and fast and fun, although a little on the repetitive side. Online battles are too slow to be truly enjoyable but overall this is a free game that provides entertainment in short bursts as you level up your Kirby.
Himno is certainly not for everyone, due to its potential for the lack of progression or variation in each run to make the game seem meaningless. Yet, this doesn’t take away from its beautiful aesthetic, crafted so that every single part of the game works in unison to help you unwind. I may not revisit Himno often, but it will definitely be useful as a palate cleanser before playing something more challenging.
Heave Ho was meant to be a party game and it has more than achieved that goal. It’s a decent little platformer to play on your own if you’re not looking for a fun challenge, but not something terribly deep or complex. But it’s amazing as a multiplayer. It makes you think hard about how you’re going to work as a team and how you interact with your friends.
I found Headliner: NoviNews entertaining enough to play through multiple times. Yet I still have several concerns with it. Even if the length and repetitiveness isn’t a bother, the lack of choices in a key subplot (and lack of moderate choices in general) plus numerous glitches certainly are. I can’t recommend it at its $13.99 launch price, stimulating though it is. However, the very good foundation here means I’ll be watching for Unbound Creations’ next Nintendo Switch title with anticipation.
Vambrace: Cold SoulSwitch
I liked Vambrace: Cold Soul, but it’s certainly not for everyone. It requires more patience than many gamers can afford, and that’s even among those who are already into roguelikes. If you can settle into its groove, however (and won’t lose it when you’re sucker-punched right out of that groove), there’s some good, challenging fun to be had here.
Fifty Words by POWGISwitch
We had quite a bit of fun playing through Fifty Words by POWGI; it’s probably my favorite Lightwood Games release on the Nintendo Switch due to its original feel. As an overall package, though, Fifty Words does feel kind of bare-bones and rudimentary. Like all titles from the developer, there’s a free demo you can check out.
At its core, Hyperforma is a very creative game, with some interesting mechanics and fantastic audio. It’s easy enough to play although the concept starts to wear a little thin over time. There’s also a bit of a learning curve at first – and indeed throughout – as a lot of elements aren’t well explained. Still, this is a fun ride while it lasts and should be one to consider if you like something a little different – and you’re spatially aware.
While not my favorite metroidvania, Cryogear has some interesting concepts with its fun art style and fun exploration. This game felt slightly held back by its one tactic combat and somewhat vague story. Despite all that, I did find myself having a good time and I can say you should pick this up if you are a die-hard fan of the genre looking for a different twist on this style of gameplay.
The Forbidden ArtsSwitch
The Forbidden Arts is a nice indie studio entry for the Switch and good for at least 12 hours of gameplay. I say “at least” because if you play like me you will probably get a couple of extra hours out of it (refer to the finicky jumping bits above). It doesn’t have all the polish of a big studio game, but it has heart.
Sagebrush pulls you into the life of a cult by forcing you to follow the story of someone who survived one. Perfect Heaven – and its impact on its members – feels organic and like cults that have lived in times before it. Its pixelated animation style gives you the feeling that you’re exploring the ruins of someone’s memory and the tragedy that followed.
ESport Manager wasn’t what I was hoping for. I get that enthusiasts are probably the game’s target, but wouldn’t a measure of more accessibility to widen the potential audience be a good thing? I even have doubts that Esports aficionados will find this game particularly good, given the inferior accessibility. While the game packs a fair amount, the user interface and complete lack of touch screen support make it feel more like work, seriously weighing down the promise for something addictive. The idea has potential, but it needs to be handled with more care
All things considered, there is nothing that really negativity impacts these three games to a great degree. They have hours of solid gameplay, challenge, and fun made even better by VASARA 3’s four-player co-op. Having one great shooter is cool, having three in one bundle is epic. I tip my hat to the developers and publishers for some great arcade ports For genre fans, these make very good additions to the Switch’s library.
Creature in the WellSwitch
Creature in the Well has a unique concept I cheer along with an eye-catching presentation. True, the execution can feel slightly mixed – certainly not disjointed per se, but jumbled at intervals. The difficulty, at times, is lacking in a balance that leads to consistently true satisfaction, and thus some marks were missed, or not fully realized. But when it comes to exploring the hand-crafted dungeons, finding secrets, and reading up to learn more about the mystery, Creature in the Well excels.
Epic Clicker JourneySwitch
Epic Clicker Journey is a game that tries to mesh RPG elements with the clicker genre. While it’s fun in short bursts, there’s not enough to hold your attention for long. Its repetitiveness coupled with design issues make this one a game to avoid unless you’re a huge clicker fan.
Although the game is fun in for small periods of time it still felt as though there should be more in the game. An explanation of who or what Gurgamoth is and does would have been nice. The addition of achievements would at the very least add some feeling of accomplishment to it. Since every character has the same abilities, it is an even playing field; it would have been interesting if each player had a special move that could only be used at a time when they had the least wins and another player was at the point of two wins.
Mekabolt is quite an enjoyable little game. Yes, it’s simple, but there’s no shame in simple if a game is fun. I just can’t ignore the short length and lack of replay incentive, though. Hopefully, a feedback-shaped sequel can let Mekabolt become fully realized. Meanwhile, you’ll have to decide if $4.99 is worth it for 90 minutes of entertainment on your Nintendo Switch.
Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of MysteriesSwitch
Visually, the game looks decent; graphics are smooth and polished. Attention went into details of the game. For example, Robbie’s eyes follow the traps, and if Robbie dies a ghost is left as a reminder of the trap. One of my favorite things about the game is that the more you die the more beaten up Robbie looks in the level.