eShop Explore 017

Tired of combing the eShop for good games? Find out what’s worth playing and what you may want to avoid in eShop Explore! More episodes.

Wilmot’s Warehouse

Wilmot’s Warehouse is an organizational puzzle game in which you take the time to separate incoming shipments in whatever fashion you see fit in order to properly service customers requesting one or more of the possible blocks in your stores. Items, as well as the main character, are simplistic blocks with symbols and colors to differentiate themselves. You can carry a set number of blocks at a time in order to shift around these items in your empty warehouse. Time is ticking before the next shipment arrives, and the people waiting at your front door will slowly lose their patience, so speed and a keen eye for sorting will allow you to ride this one out through its 500 separate possible products.

Those with obsessive-compulsive disorder around the globe will be happy to know that a game has been created to cater to the need to be proper and organized at all times. Addictive and fast-paced, Wilmot’s Warehouse’s gameplay isn’t going to wow anyone, as your simply moving around blocks from random place to place, but there is something about having the freedom to organize however you want that makes this the perfect time-waster title. Riding a bus? Play Wilmot’s Warehouse. Waiting for your show to come on? Boot it up — you get the point. Highly recommended for anyone who likes simple puzzlers, or titles that allow for some basic brainwork, but anyone looking for anything besides being a dedicated freight worker will probably need to check out something else.

Wilmot's Warehouse
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Finji
Developer – Hollow Ponds and Richard Hogg
Price – $14.99
Genre – Action, Multiplayer, Puzzle
Size – 104MB

 


One Night Stand

One Night Stand is a point-and-click adventure in a visual novel style. You wake up next to a girl you don’t know in an apartment you’ve never seen. Unsure of how you got here, except the fact you were out at the bar the night before, you put it together that this may have been a one night stand. From there she awakens, and the awkward discussion about what you don’t recall begins. Through dialogue choices and making some searches through her apartment will allow you to piece together where you are, who she is, and whether or not you would want to pursue seeing her again. With twelve possible endings, you will be able to play through multiple different avenues to see all there is to see.

Featuring a unique, hand-drawn art style, One Night Stand looks great (even if the wobbly animation could give you motion sickness). Despite the aesthetic and extensive set of endings, there isn’t a lot here that most will find a lot of fun factor in. The theme is interesting and allows for a peak into what these sort of interactions might end like, but the length is so short that you would have to play repeatedly to get your money’s worth. Experiencing this over and over just to try and see if you can get a girlfriend out of this situation or piss her off as much as possible is an odd way to enjoy some time on the Nintendo Switch, especially when you start having the option to look through her personal belongings. Those who are curious, or are avid fans of visual-novel-style experiences will probably find something they are looking for, but everyone else will probably be offended, bored, or turned off.

One Night Stand
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Ratalaika Games
Developer – Kinmoku
Price – $4.99
Genre – Adventure
Size – 421MB

 


HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed

HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed is a first-person shooter focused on multiplayer, tower-defense mechanics. Playing as and fighting against toy characters, you will build up walls, mines, and other defensive structures to hold back the waves of differing enemies. Going it solo or as a team of up to 4, you can play against other players or as a team against the AI. Unlockable skins and customization options are earned through experience points so you can show off the work you have put into this title. With realistic environments to play in, from a kitchen to a toy store’s backroom storage, you will have various strategies and ways in which to fight back the baddies.

The Nintendo Switch is hurting for some serious multiplayer contenders in the FPS genre, outside of Overwatch. HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed offers a pretty serviceable option for those needing to squad up with friends. Protecting points on the map from the enemies is a ton of fun, even if the tower defense mechanics are held back by only being able to place directly around these cores. Choosing different weapon loadouts allows for some extra customization that was appreciated. Overall, this title can get a bit monotonous as you are playing basically one game type, but what multiplayer game can’t? It’s mainly about the fun you have with your friends, and this one offers a good time when playing with a group of buddies. Single player could use some work or additional modes.

HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Digital Cybercherries
Developer – Digital Cybercherries
Price – $19.99
Genre – Action, First-Person, Multiplayer
Size – 4.2GB

 


Legend of the Skyfish

Legend of the Skyfish is a top-down, adventure puzzler in which you tackle each stage one level at a time, while fighting through monsters, hookshotting your way across gaps, and solving environmental puzzles. Little Red Hook, the game’s protagonist, has teamed up with the Moonwhale in order to fight back against the Skyfish’s evil reign. With 45 levels to play through and an upgrade system for your trusty fishing pole there will be plenty to work towards. Hand-painted environments, gigantic boss fights, and a soundtrack composed by Sean Beeson round out this package.

From the start, this is a game that is offering something enjoyable, but short and to the point. Even with the 45 levels discussed, you will be able to work through each rather quickly, as the boss fights offer the more substantive experience through your progression. Beautifully-crafted levels and the catchy soundtrack make the experience even more enjoyable. I did come away wishing things were a bit more fleshed-out, as there is a ton of potential here, but in the end you are simply bashing fish creatures, completing easy puzzles, and flying around the level with the coolest fishing pole around. Recommended for those looking for something they can pick up, play a few levels and take a break, as plowing through this made me feel a bit less accomplished.

Legend of the Skyfish
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Mgaia Studios
Developer – Ratalaika Games
Price – $7.99
Genre – Adventure, Arcade, Puzzle
Size – 280MB

 


Agent A: A puzzle in disguise

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise is a point-and-click, exploration puzzle title that has you searching through environments to try to catch up to the elusive Ruby La Rouge. As Agent A, it is up to you to solve your way through this title in order to take this enemy spy down. Collecting items and keeping an eye on all the nooks and crannies in the environment will be paramount to being able to properly make your way to the conclusion as you search through Ruby’s secret hideout for clues as to her whereabouts. Feeling a bit like a mix between Myst, Catch Me If You Can, and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, this puzzler will have you stumped time and time again.

If tough puzzle solving is something you are looking for, then I have a title ready for you. You will be clicking around the various areas looking through tons of puzzles all at once, that you need to keep in the back of your head as you gather up new information and items to allow for backtracking and completion. The 60s inspired, crayon-like art style is quirky and the classic espionage soundtrack complete the package in a unique way. If you are easily frustrated, or like to tackle puzzles one at a time, then this will be one adventure you might want to miss. Otherwise, genre veterans will probably find this a peachy addition to their library.

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – YAK
Developer – YAK
Price – $14.99
Genre – Adventure, Puzzle
Size – 470MB

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