eShop Explore 015

eShop Explore 015

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Overland

Survival titles have started to come in all shapes and sizes and Overland offers a turn-based, strategic element that makes this style of game into an entirely new experience. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic United States, you must travel from the East Coast to the West Coast while gathering supplies, gearing out your crew, and saving as many people as you can along the way. Alien creatures of some sort have made this land their home and you are not welcome here anymore.

With bite-sized maps and speedy levels, you are playing through an experience tailored for a system like the Nintendo Switch. Hardcore difficulty makes runs end prematurely quite often, and even the smallest misstep can lead to wiping your squad. Gear never gets crazy enough to help you get into a rhythm, so be prepared to continuously toss bottles and use ramshackle shields as you make your way terrified and running through each level, hoping you won’t make too much noise. Not being able to clear out levels of enemies due to the nature of the beasts you battle means you’ll never get to check every nook and cranny for those much needed supplies, so for those perfectionists wondering what could be in that shiny dumpster, you will be repeatedly disappointed as you hop back in your fragile car and carry on. Highly recommended for survival and strategy fans, but for those who get overly frustrated when things get repeatedly difficult and early on — Overland will be tough to push through.

Overland

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Finji
Developer – Finji
Price – $24.99
Genre – Turn-Based Survival
Size – 1.1GB

 


Corpse Party: Blood Drive

Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the final title in a trilogy that began back in 1996. With that amount of time between releases, this series has garnered cult classic fame along the way with an extremely diehard audience, as well as several titles that take direct inspiration from this one. Mixing visual novel roots with top-down exploration gameplay, and that classic Japanese horror style, this is a game that will affect a niche group of gamers very strongly, while others may be turned off by the long story sections, Japanese voice acting, and lack of gameplay depth.

If you have ever looked at series like Danganronpa or Zero Escape and thought the mix of high school drama tropes with murderous mystery looked like your jam, then this might be just right for you. The visual novel portions of this game make up a majority of your time, with lengthy dives into series lore and group discussions around the happenings of this cursed elementary school. Those who enjoy story and have played the series’ first two entries will find this to be a lot of what you are looking for, but for those that get bored easily or are into more action-oriented experiences this will be a lot of clicking through dialogue. The actual gameplay sections are limited to small areas of exploration where you are basically just looking for a specific item, which is a decent break from all of the reading you are doing, but still feels lacking. You will more than likely already know if this sounds like something you’d like to sink your teeth into, and for those who are unsure or on the fence this isn’t a bad game at all, but there is a reason it is considered such a niche collection of titles.

Corpse Party: Blood Drive

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Marvelous (XSEED)
Developer – Team GrisGris / 5pb. Inc.
Price – $19.99
Genre – Horror Adventure
Size – 2.5GB

 


Trover Saves The Universe

Developed by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland’s studio, Squanch Games, Trover Saves The Universe was originally intended as a VR title, but has made its way over to the Switch in a more visually flat experience. You have partnered up with Trover, a purple creature with open and upgradeable eye holes, in order to stop a chicken-like monster from destroying the universe after stealing your dogs. This bizarre comedy takes the unique humor of the Rick and Morty series and transplants it into a title that offers a hilarious experience for fans of the show, while continuing to annoy those who don’t care for it. A lot is lost, unfortunately, in the move away from VR leaving this title feeling like that gimmick to gameplay was a necessary portion of this title’s success.

Locked to your chair as some alien lifeform, you play as the dog-loving side kick to Trover. Since it was originally intended for VR, this was to explain your odd movement system, which consists of jumping from portal to portal in order to allow yourself a different perspective with which to manipulate Trover from. Part platformer, part action title, and part puzzler, Trover Saves The Universe has you fighting through creatures and traversing great heights in order to collect eye-hole babies that increase your power. Beyond this collecti-thon, you’re trying to reach the conclusion of each level on your way through the story. You could easily plow through to the end without going after the hidden babies, but that would take this experience down to quite a short one, so if trying your best to search through levels for the little guys sounds like a bore, then the comedic relief might not be enough to get you to the end.

Trover Saves The Universe

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Squanch Games
Developer – Squanch Games
Price – $29.99
Genre – Comedy Adventure, Puzzle
Size – 5GB

 


Deadly Premonition Origins

Swery is one of those unique minds in gaming that has given us some of the most interesting gaming experiences available today. Deadly Premonition Origins is no different, offering an open-world, mystery title that has the protagonist, York, searching for an active serial killer. Even though the game has not aged well, this is one of those odd titles that everyone should try, even if the game is not all that well made. Performance issues and sub-par visuals aside, try to keep in mind that Deadly Premonition Origins is the definition of Cult Classic. You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

Oozing that uniquely Swery charm, there is a lot to like in Deadly Premonition Origins. The story and narrative are something that had me on the edge of my seat, and as a total sucker for serial killer tales, I was enthralled from beginning to end. The characters are endearing and forced me to push through all the muck, as I had to stay at York’s side in order to come to a resolution. However, the gameplay is dated and the visuals are clearly from a much older era. Every time you get into your police car it is one of the worst things you will ever experience, and between the bugs and performance issues there is a lot there to derail your trek through this one. You will almost certainly have a bad time during certain portions, but with a sequel coming and the original creator attached, it is one you have to give a shot to for the sake of historical significance, as well as for a mystery that few can come close to.

Deadly Premonition: Origins

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – TOYBOX
Developer – TOYBOX
Price – $29.99 (Digital), $39.99 (Physical)
Genre – Mystery Adventure

Size – 6.4GB

 


Black Future ’88

The world as we know it has come to an end. In 1988, a nuclear cataclysm created by Duncan, the game’s antagonist, caused the people of the world to give up on keeping track of time. As the fallout from acid rain and flooding brings the Earth into turmoil, the few remaining have decided to assault Duncan’s tower to get revenge. In this 2D shooter with randomly-generated levels, you will move your way up through the architect’s tower in order to bring justice upon the man who has damaged our planet irreparably.

Between the shooting and platforming, Black Future ‘88 does a lot right. Adding a story onto a genre that most tend to skip past is a nice addition. The mix of different playable characters, co-op fun, and daily challenges make for an experience that evolves over time. When you find a title that feels this crisp and plays like a dream you just have to sink the time into it, especially when you consider how deep the weapon and buff systems in this title are. This high-flying, synth-punk title offers addictive runs through an interesting setting that you won’t want to miss.

Black Future '88

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Gambitious
Developer – SuperScarySnakes
Price – $19.99
Genre – 2D Shooter, Action-Platformer

Size – 1.3GB

 

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