Nintendo Switch reviews

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The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse is a top-down old-school-style game inspired by The Legend of Zelda and roguelite elements. Every 100 years, a hero is summoned in hopes of lifting Mormo’s curse upon the land. You’ll play as that hero, traversing interconnected areas while slaying enemies (and slashing grass in search of loot) with your trusty sword. As you journey, you’ll encounter some stunning, vibrant, and colorful graphics, and the strong art design might just be the factor that piques your interest in playing. If you’re looking for a good co-op, you can play with a friend via couch co-op. Slay enemies, find treasure, and upgrade your gear as you map out the world. But time is limited before the final battle, so be sure that none is wasted!

While this game has loads of potential for excellence, there are a few minor issues to report. To start, your character’s movement speed is pretty slow, even when using the dash feature constantly, and there are no speed-boosting power-ups to be found. Secondly, a typical run with full preparation for the final battle takes about 5 hours, and if you fail in that final battle, you need to start the whole thing over again. We love roguelites, but they have to be fun enough to motivate us to want to start over again after losing everything—and in our view, this game just isn’t that fun. With that being said, it’s possible to turn off permadeath, but doing that in a roguelite just doesn’t feel right. So if you’re a fan of top-down Zelda-style titles and searching for a good adventure, The Swords of Ditto might just be what you’re after. It just wasn’t what we were looking for.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher –Devolver Digital
Developer – onebitbeyond
Price – $14.99
Genre – Action, Adventure, Arcade, Multiplayer
Size – 1023 MB

 


RICO

RICO is a first-person shooter where you aim to take down a variety of criminal organizations from the lowly associates all the way up to the big fish. You can play online with up to three friends for a team of four, or opt to play offline by yourself. Your main objective is to bust down doors and clear each room of all enemies, making sure to pick up contraband, defuse bombs, and destroy assets along the way. Roguelite elements abound, including permadeath, randomly generated areas, and various upgrades. Such roguelite elements are hard to come by in an FPS, but RICO blends these genres perfectly. The permadeath feature offers an especially fun challenge, even when you play by yourself.

As you bust into each room, you’re greeted by a handful of bad guys, and a Matrix-style slow-down allows you to think out your approach to the room. Sadly, RICO suffers a bit from repetitive room layouts, enemy types, and environments after marathoning for a few hours, but the repetition is never a dealbreaker. The controls are tight, the gameplay is addictive, and online multiplayer mode adds a whole new layer of fun. RICO is perfect for fans of FPS and roguelites alike, but the asking price is a bit higher than your average indie, so if you’re on the fence, you might want to wait for a sale.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Rising Star Games
Developer – Ground Shatter
Price – $19.99
Genre – Arcade, First-Person, Action
Size – 3.0 GB

 


Switch ‘N’ Shoot

Switch ‘N’ Shoot is a simple arcade-style game that has you control a constantly-moving spaceship in a vertically scrolling level. You’ll move the spaceship from side to side horizontally, blasting enemies and collecting power-ups in order to move to the next area. Each time you shoot, your spaceship starts moving in the opposite direction, so you’ll need to time your shots depending on the movement you want to achieve. (If you want to stay put, you must shoot in rapid succession.)

Enemies and power-ups both fall from above, so you’ll need to shoot carefully in order to the enemies and collect the power-ups. This might sound easy enough, but you only have one hit point, which really amps up the difficulty. Shoot ‘N’ Switch has a quality retro-style arcade feel with addictive gameplay. Play vertically with a Flip Grip, or stick to good old-fashioned horizontal mode in docked or handheld mode. Shoot ‘N’ Switch is perfect for fans of the arcade genre, but at its low-low price point, we can recommend it for any player looking for something new.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Matt Glanville
Developer – Matt Glanville
Price – $4.59
Genre – Action, Arcade
Size – 97 MB

 


Goat Simulator: The GOATY

Goat Simulator: The GOATY is the ultimate Goat Simulator experience. It includes the base game and every DLC pack ever released. Your objective? Have fun! The premise? You’re a goat, and it’s time to wreak havoc. Controls are physics-based, offering an old-school Tony-Hawk-style feel. In fact, Goat Simulator kind of feels like a Tony Hawk game with goats instead of people. You can have hours of fun dragging humans around with your tongue, getting hit by cars, and jumping on trampolines. There are many DLC packs to explore, including a zombie-filled apocalypse and a low-gravity settlement on a different planet. You can even play with a friend in couch co-op on a split screen.

Despite what you may have heard, Goat Simulator runs well on Switch, and we never experienced frame drops. It’s a goofy experience, especially when you play with a friend, but that’s kind of the point. The price might seem a bit steep, but it’s the same price as the base game and all the DLC packs on PC. If you’ve never played Goat Simulator before and aren’t sure what to expect, watch some play-through footage and see what you think. If you’re still not sold, maybe wait for a sale. But if you’re familiar with this title and you want it in your Switch library, then this is the port for you.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Coffee Stain Publishing
Developer – Coffee Stain Studios
Price – $29.99
Genre – Simulation, Action, Adventure
Size – 1.9 GB

 

 


Akane

Akane is an arcade and wave-based arena game. You’ll take on the role of protagonist Akane, a katana-wielding fighter who can take down hundreds of enemies by herself. Akane features simple gameplay that’s made addictive by difficult challenges. After a quick tutorial, you’re thrown into the middle of an arena flooded with baddies who approach from all angles, each intending to ensure that Akane doesn’t get out alive. Akane herself and most of her enemies have only one hit point, so you’re encouraged to string combos for rapid kills. Akane features unlockable swords, abilities, and dashes, and these unlockables are likely what will keep you playing.

Slashing hundreds of foes in a neon-colored pixel-ridden arena to the beat of dark, electric tunes sets a violently intense tone and immerses you in the game’s twisted world. You’ll feel rewarded as you watch your skills intensify and your abilities deepen. Akana is the kind of game that’s hard to put down, since you’re always aiming to give it one more go. At its price point, we highly recommend Akana to anyone looking for a challenging arcade-style experience. You just might be surprised at how much time you’ll sink into this simple-yet-stylish title.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – QubicGames
Developer – Ludic Studios
Price – $4.99
Genre –  Action, Arcade, Fighing
Size – 326 MB

 

 

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