Thursday, October 10

Mini Reviews: October 11th Edition [Nintendo Switch eShop]

Killer Queen Black [Nindie Choice!] - After having heard so much about this killer multiplayer arcade title I was interested to see what the fuss was all about. While the core of the game is ultimately reliant on playing with as many as 7 other people (4 to a side) in this case the developers have gone the extra mile to ensure it can be played across platforms so availability shouldn’t be as much of an issue as we sometimes see with Switch-exclusive multiplayer titles. One note is that there’s definitely a learning curve, and thankfully there are a multitude of offline tutorials that try to break everything down from the multiple paths to victory, to what roles people can play, to simply learning how to follow what’s going on since things tend to get hectic. While it may feel a bit on the simpler side, depending on your taste, this is a game that just about anyone should be able to pick up and get in to and it absolutely offers up a both a co-op and competitive multiplayer experience that nothing out there can rival.

Darksiders II - While the first game tackled the journey of the Horseman War, this time around you’ll be taking control of his “brother” Death. Though there’s quite a lot that feels familiar about this new Darksiders outing I’ll give credit for the nuanced differences in the core combat and traversal mechanics that give your character a different sort of heft and movement that keeps the game from seeming too redundant. As before this is a game focused on epic battles, cranking up your combo meter, searching every nook and cranny for hidden goodies, and generally having a good time throughout. Though it isn’t by any means a “new” game it looks and performs great on the system and serves up plenty of satisfying action for the price tag.

Family Tree - Taking aim at the budget-friendly, colorful, and approachable casual game category we have Family Tree. Your goal in each stage is pretty simple, collect everything as quickly as you can by aiming and shooting yourself around or showing a sense of time when dealing with traps and obstacles. It’s hardly rocket science but overall the play is pretty satisfying if you’re just looking for something to relax with. It stays on the edge of giving you a challenge without generally pushing too hard and is a nice change of pace on the system.

Spooky Ghosts Dot Com - As long as you keep this title’s low price in mind what appears to be a somewhat bare bones Metroidvania title turns out to be a pretty challenging, though not terribly long, romp that should help satisfy for a little while at least. Explore, gather loot, find lost cats, and learn the patterns of some reasonably tough bosses if you want to survive. It may be a bit chunky visually, but redeems itself with solid play and more fun than you may assume at a glance.

Dreaming Canvas - Intended as a casual and newbie-friendly title, whether you’re young or just not a veteran gamer, Dreaming Canvas lets you walk through several environments and take in their pretty wonderfully soothing atmosphere. Explore and you’ll find paint brushes that include quotes about art as well as easels that you’ll be able to take some part in designing a painting for. There’s not a load of content, there’s really no story, and it will likely feel pretty bare bones if you know your games, but for the target audience there may be some low-stress enjoyment to be had and to help introduce them to movement in a 3D space that’s at least attractive.