Devolver Double Feature: Indie of the Year Edition

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When it comes to indie titles for Nintendo Switch, Devolver Digital consistently delivers, and this is especially true with their release of Death’s Door and Loop Hero. This dynamic pair of indies are already winning awards and nominations in a number of categories including best indie of the year. Let’s dive in to see why these titles have garnered so much praise and test how these Switch ports fair against other platforms.


DEATH’S DOOR

Death’s Door is a top-down isometric action-adventure game in which you take control of an adorable little crow who happens to work as a soul collector for the Reaping Commision Headquarters, a bureaucracy that’s responsible for the administration of, well, death. But when your first assignment goes slightly awry, you’re launched into a perilous quest to collect three Giant Souls and open Death’s Door.

Unlock the mystery of Death’s Door

Gameplay is a linear blend of action and exploration that’s reminiscent of past top-down Zelda games. You’ll explore new environments, solve puzzles, take on hordes of enemies, and battle bosses while meeting plenty of charming and memorable characters along the way. (If you check all the nooks and crannies you’re sure to find a few secrets, too.)

Death’s Door has a vast cast of memorable characters-level design is top notch, too.

Initially armed with a sword and bow, your arsenal will expand to include spells, melee weapons, and more. You will eventually gain the option to upgrade your dexterity and the intensity of your weapons. Mastery of combat is the key to success in Death’s Door and we’re pleased to report that the combat controls are perfectly executed. With a bit of practice you’ll be dodge-rolling and slaying with ease.

Practice makes perfect when dealing with Death’s Door’s many boss fights

Much of the charm of Death’s Door lies in its impressive graphics. The game’s moody color palette and eerie soundtrack immerse players deeply into its grim yet charming world. While this Switch port’s graphics are (expectedly) sub-par compared with peers like Playstation and Xbox, we still think this game looks great on Switch and it runs with no lag or slow-down at 30 FPS. But if you’re picky about graphics and prefer your games to look their absolute best, you may want to opt for a non-Switch port.

Death’s Door is packed with gorgeous environments accompanied by stellar scores.

If you’re a fan of action-adventure games, do not sleep on Death’s Door. It’s one of the best indie adventures to land on Switch in 2021 and it’s a top contender for Indie Game of the Year. Developed by the impressive two-person studio Acid Nerve and published by indie goldmine Devolver Digital, we’d recommend Death’s Door on Nintendo Switch any day of the week.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Devolver Digital
Developer – Acid Nerve
Genre – Action, Adventure, Arcade
Price – $19.99
Size – 2.7 GB


LOOP HERO

Loop Hero is an endless RPG that incorporates a mash-up of genres including roguelite, deckbuilding, auto-battling, and strategy. When a lich erases reality and everything in it you somehow emerge unscathed. Each new run throws you into a randomly generated loop-shaped path that you will travel round and round as you work to rebuild your world.

Every loop starts out as a blank slate to gradually build upon.

As you loop along the path you will fight enemies that drop resources, equipment, or environment cards. While resources and equipment are self-explanatory, environment cards are items that can be placed in and around the loop to modify the terrain and enhance and expand your experience.

Upgrade many aspects of your base to gain an edge against foes in your next loop.

Placement of environment cards affects enemy spawns and it’s up to you to choose the best locations for the best chance of success in battle. You’ll also want to consider the perks of the gear you choose to equip and how those perks synergize with your overall strategy. Your key to success in Loop Hero is synergizing your gear for optimal success.

Loop Hero’s brief tutorial barely scratches the surface of this incredibly complex game, so unless you choose to use an internet guide, you’ll spend a good deal of time learning the ins and outs of this game through trial and error. We love the challenge, but if you’re not up for a deep dive, you might want to play something else.

The world can get pretty intricate after a few loops!

This game’s 16-bit pixel art, chiptune soundtrack, and retro sound effects feel right at home on Nintendo Switch and perfectly capture the spirit of old-school strategy RPGs . PC players might be curious how Loop Hero works on Switch without a keyboard and mouse, but having played both the PC and Switch version. we think the Switch port handles controls really well.

We absolutely love Loop Hero’s retro aesthetic.

Loop Hero is absolutely one of the best roguelites of 2021 and you’ll likely find yourself sinking dozens if not hundreds of hours into learning everything you can about this game. Beware: Loop Hero is extremely addictive, and before you know it, you might find yourself looping for hours on end.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Devolver Digital
Developer – Four Quarters
Genre – Indie, Role-Playing, Strategy, Board Game, Adventure
Price – $14.99
Size – 218 MB


SPECIAL RESERVE GAMES PLUG

If you happen to be checking out this review in late 2021/early 2022, we want you to know that physical versions of Death’s Door and Loop Hero are available to preorder from Special Reserve Games (SRG), a high-caliber company that specializes in curating amazing physical editions of Devolver Digital titles. Their mission? Release high-quality physical collector’s editions of beloved digital indie titles to ensure these games can be played via cartridge for years to come. SRG games can often be bundled with extras like art prints or specialty art books. If you’re a big fan of either title and want a high-quality physical edition, Nintendeal highly recommends that you check out their SRG reserves. Both games are available through open preorders, so act within the windows listed below if you’re interested in snagging one for yourself:

Death’s Door: November 23rd, 2021 – January 7th, 2022
Loop Hero: December 9th, 2021 – January 21st, 2022

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