266 Published Reviews
Ice Age Scrat's Nutty Adventure!Switch
Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure captures the essence of the movies and Scrat’s erratic mannerisms accurately, but the uninspiring platforming and awful performance make it a port worthy of extinction. So what killed the dinosaurs? In this case, the framerate.
Delta Squad offers a twin-stick shooter experience that falls short of expectations. With lacking story beats and boring gameplay it comes to the Nintendo Switch more dead on arrival than the zombies you will be slogging through.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDSwitch
Super Money Ball: Banana Blitz HD feels at odds with both its former self and the new hardware it is running on. It lacks the functions, features and creativity to bring this Sega series back to where it belongs — in the hearts of many a gamer.
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced EditionsSwitch
A CRPG classic whose story holds up, though suffers from a cumbersome control scheme, sound bugs, game crashes, and seemingly poor optimisation. If you are keen to try out these classics, unfortunately the Switch version is not an ideal way to do so.
Family Tree is a vibrant pinball platformer that’s a perfectly acceptable use of fifteen minutes here and there. It won’t be taking home any GOTY awards, but you can probably do a lot worse for £6.99 on the Switch.
Earthfall: Alien HordeSwitch
Earthfall does offer fun co-op play, for sure, but the action is undoubtedly repetitive. Playing with friends will lessen that sensation, for sure, but more personality and a little more of the unexpected would improve a sequel. Earthfall is much better when played with friends but there’s nothing here that’ll really blow you away. A solid if unspectacular effort.
DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONSSwitch
Doraemon: Story of Seasons really pulls you into its story and makes you invested in what happens to its characters. Its perfect pacing and easy to understand play make it all the easier to lose yourself in.
Bear With Me: The Lost RobotsSwitch
Bear With Me: The Lost Robots is an idiosyncratic game, but it manages to achieve an impressive balance between the grittiness of a hardboiled detective story and the whimsy of childhood imaginings. By all measures it’s an odd combination, but if you can look past its handful of shortcomings, you may just come away pleasantly surprised.
Stay is a slow-burner which feels uneasy throughout with its dark and seedy-feeling online chat setup. There’s some good story to unveil here, but things are too one-way to make for a great game.
Starblox Inc. offers a unique couch co-op puzzle-brawler experience that, unless your friends are extremely passive, won’t work that well for you. This is largely due to its unpolished controls and hit-or-miss accuracy issues.
A Hat in TimeSwitch
A Hat in Time brings back a genre that, as Nintendo fans, we hold a ton of nostalgia for. Even with some archaic mechanics present, this is still one of the best modern examples of what a 3D platformer should be.
Close to the SunSwitch
Close to the Sun takes gorgeous environments and stellar world-building and mixes it with confusing storytelling and a technically bad port. Fans of the “walking simulator” genre will probably want to experience it, but everyone else should walk away.
A Knight's QuestSwitch
A Knight’s Quest seeks to give players access to the serene joy of a 90s action-adventure game. Unfortunately, the result is an unremarkable attempt to go beyond imitation without anything interesting enough to prop it up.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutSwitch
Whilst the whimsical nature of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout can act as a double-edged sword, feeling both magical and fleeting mere moments apart, Ryza’s infectious personality is a joy to behold. In-depth combat and item synthesis are cleverly utilised throughout and, despite characters and narrative producing varying results, the overall quality is up there with the very best.
Yuri’s unique premise, incredible soundtrack and beautifully crafted levels are not enough to detract from the poor platforming gameplay on offer here. With too many alternative eShop hits to mention, Yuri’s success is likely to remain a pipe dream.
Resident Evil 5Switch
Resident Evil 5 continues a year of already impressive ports on Nintendo, working in full motion controls and all released DLC to work as the definitive way to play.
AeternoBlade II had the potential to be a notable metroidvania in the Nintendo Switch’s library, but unfortunately it will be remembered as little more than a bug-laden mess, regardless of the couple of interesting ideas it brought forward.
Just Ignore ThemSwitch
A point-and-click adventure game that does little to warrant its existence. Although it has an intriguing visual style, the comically bad story, lacklustre puzzles and extremely short run-time make it a hard game to enjoy.
Super Box Land DemakeSwitch
Super Box Land Demake is a decent puzzle game for more casual players, but if you’re on the lookout for one with a little more challenge, it may be worth turning your attention elsewhere.
Billy Bomber is simply not a good game. With almost nothing positive to speak of you have an experience here that is frustrating, rudimentary, and just plain boring. Continuing to scroll down on the eShop is my best advice.
The Bradwell ConspiracySwitch
The Bradwell Conspiracy had everything going for it but unfortunately fails to deliver. The narrative may be decent, but thanks to the awkward gameplay, technical issues, and frustrating user experience, it’s hard to recommend without some serious patching.
A Hole New WorldSwitch
A Hole New World is a decent enough retro platforming experience, but it’s short, and doesn’t stand out from the pack. The First Press Games collector’s edition looks tasty, though.
Freedom Finger is, potentially, the best game of 2019 that will largely – and wrongfully – go unnoticed. From start to finish, regardless of whether you make it to the narrative end or not, it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Trine 4: The Nightmare PrinceSwitch
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince was an absolute dream to play through. Likeable characters, engaging gameplay and a breathtaking art style made it so I couldn’t put this game down. Although it will last you 12 hours on average, there are many collectables to keep your playtime up. The best way to play is in multiplayer so you will be screaming for your friends to experience this magical adventure with you.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
You might not be going to Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Halloween frights but with so many inspired set-pieces, mechanics and secrets, this is the ghost-gusting adventure at its charming best. But this time Luigi deserves to share his limelight with his green gooey doppelganger.