Having played so many games on the Switch it’s always important to be mindful of the fact that there are many flavors of games for many different types of gamers. That said, aside from having gotten pretty well versed in the best and worst out there, on occasion there are games with a formula that simply doesn’t seem capable of pleasing anyone. Blastful unfortunately falls somewhere into that category delivering a space shooter so generally bland, slow-moving, and without any excitement that I’m not even sure it would qualify as a good match for beginner shooting fans. You’ll be freely moving about the screen, able to fire roughly in every direction twin-stick style, though really only in the classic 8 directions specifically. There’s hardly any enemy variety, enemy missiles and fire streak painfully slowly around the screen (letting you casually dodge and weave through them), there are scarce power-ups with most being either pointlessly temporary shields or health that isn’t generally needed, and the boss is always the same palette swapped big ship that generally just sits there waiting for you to put it out of its misery after you take out its minimal defenses, and sadly this takes a hot minute of just burning through its abundant shields as it sits there unmoving and hardly putting up resistance. I don’t like beating up on games when I know people have put work into them but this one is particularly bad and should be avoided.
Justin Nation, Score: