688 Published Reviews
Deadly Premonition OriginsSwitch
Just like a terrible movie you can’t stop laughing at, Deadly Premonition is entertaining in all the ways it was not intended to be. Most of its elements are poor, but the culmination of all those terrible elements makes for a surprisingly entertaining experience.
SELF perfectly utilises the text-based RPG format to create a thrilling narrative in a confusing world, matched by a sinister aesthetic. I would recommend to players that value story over gameplay, however, as the bullet-dodging mini-games don’t offer any real challenge.
Shadow of Loot BoxSwitch
Shadow of the Loot Box begins promisingly, presenting itself as a clever knife that’s willing to cut through the bullshit of the Triple-A publisher economy. Unfortunately, it quickly descends into a repetitive and unfunny indie shooter.
Escape Doodland may offer a light and upbeat aesthetic, but the gameplay is more challenging than you’d expect from these visuals. When it works, it’s good and rather moreish, but the experience is inconsistent.
Red Hot RicochetSwitch
As fun as Red Hot Ricochet is to play when you’re with friends, it lacks that single-player component in order to really keep you entertained. Interest will quickly wane, leaving both you and your party looking elsewhere for further enjoyment.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE EncoreSwitch
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore will prove to be the Switch game many didn’t know they needed. It’s funky, fresh and full of personality, and is an exciting and inventive opener to 2020 on the Nintendo Switch.
140 is a rhythm-based platformer in which the player controls a geometric shape as it travels through two-dimensional levels that shift in time to the underlying soundtrack. A joy to play, the game is a masterclass in rhythm-based game design.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DXSwitch
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX is a passable JRPG that hardcore fans of the genre will find positives in. However, minimal explanation for the main draw to the game, and the limiting of your time in the world are rough spots.
Dead End JobSwitch
Dead End Job offers a good amount of fun, but the controls, and namely the difficulty in locking onto the required target, diminish the enjoyment somewhat. The humour and personality, however, make this a game that’s definitely worth checking out.
Coffee Crisis is an excellent take on the beat ’em up genre overflowing with 80s and 90s nostalgia and heavy metal, although it is a shorter experience than we would have liked. The humour and personality spill through to the point you’ll remember this one months down the line.
Heroland is very much a good concept rather than a good game, far too many shortcomings and and a lack of active gameplay make this a tough one to recommend. Unless you’re starved for things to play, look elsewhere.
With its eerie atmosphere and interesting mechanics, Neverout has potential, but it doesn’t do enough to deliver. If you happen to be in the market for a good first-person puzzler, you’ll probably want to steer clear.
Pulstario is a simple yet addictive game in which you pilot a ship as it collects souls scattered across 11 levels. While the game may be short, additional modes will have players hooked for long after the final scene.
Chaos on DeponiaSwitch
Chaos on Deponia is a modern classic in the point-and-click adventure genre, but still fails to solve the issue of nonsensical puzzle-solving, even if the characters, setting, and story are endearing and charming from top to bottom.
Nicky - The Home Alone Golf BallSwitch
Nicky: The Home Alone Golf Ball is a clever, budget title that costs next-to-nothing and keeps you coming back for more. With time it’ll be harder to crack the leaderboard, so give it a go as soon as you can.
Monster Jam Steel TitansSwitch
Monster Jam Steel Titans is a competent racing title with some fun stunt sections, although it’s hampered by an extremely touchy physics system, and barren open world areas. Still, I felt like a kid playing with toys, which was enjoyable.
Boom Ball: Boost EditionSwitch
We’ve all played a game like Boom Ball: Boost Edition, but we haven’t done it in 3D. You’ll have flashback to Wii Sports when your family is gathered around the TV waving Joy-Cons at the balls, but the best way to play it is sat-down with the touch-screen.
Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVALSwitch
Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL is a solid, fun party game that uses the chibi-style iconic characters well and, at the expense of the Switch Lite, makes use of its platform exclusivity by using the hardware in a ton of interesting ways.
Roombo: First BloodSwitch
Roombo: First Blood is as gory as the Sly Stallone film from which its name is inspired, and it’s almost as fun. It has more potential than content, however, so we’d like to see more from this in the future.
Sea King HunterSwitch
Seaking Hunter unfortunately comes nowhere close to the standard we now expect of mobile-to-Switch ports. Little to no thought was taken when considering the target platform and, as such, this game is better left at the bottom of the ocean.
Shovel Knight: King of CardsSwitch
Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a fitting conclusion to an almost perfect saga. Fans of the series will enjoy the new features, especially the implementation of the card game, Joustus, and newcomers will easily fall in love with this much-loved series.
Rescue Tale is a subpar platformer that fails to make the most basic of mechanics feel good. A decent art style and some weapon options are far from enough to make up for the lack of polish in this one.
Super Street: RacerSwitch
The age-old adage that you wait ages for a bus and three come along at once is most apt. Super Street: Racer could have been lost in relative obscurity, but it offers a fresh take on racing on the Switch.
Bubble Bobble 4 FriendsSwitch
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is more Bubble Bobble. One that was possibly intended for a new generation whilst also appealing to the old. Unfortunately though, it is unlikely to provide a memorable experience for either.
SuperEpic: The Entertainment WarSwitch
SuperEpic: The Entertainment War is a respectable action-adventure game that offers satisfying combat and an interesting theme. Overall there is a lot to like here, even if things end up good, not great. The raccoon-llama combo helps for sure!