The lack of bigger picture strategy games on Switch opens the door to this being worthwhile, but clunky controls and little direction bring it down
When it comes to traditional, more 4X-style strategy games, the Switch has had pretty thin representation overall. While perhaps that’s not a big surprise given the challenges in making them work on consoles (even the Civilization series got a very different version created for them), it does leave room for opportunity. There’s no doubt the moment you open up Chaos Galaxy that it has some ambition. Starting up a game you’ll be inundated with choices of factions, but in truth that’s where the problems begin. Games in this genre space are built on complexity and nuance, and Chaos Galaxy does a miserably bad job of helping you understand or digest it. Yes, it has an easier skill level for you to get your feet wet with, but what it needs is a full-blown tutorial to explain what you’re doing and why rather than trying unsuccessfully to dribble out one task at a time in the hopes you’ll work it out. From there the interface and controls do it no favors as well, mixing use of the joystick and D-pad again without much direction at all, and just seeming to be content to have you work it out on your own. For being in a genre where you need to be deeply invested to work out a path to success, Chaos Galaxy seems to have added more barriers to enjoyment rather than clearing them out of the way for people to get off to a solid start and satisfying experiences.
Justin Nation, Score: