There are absolutely no sims on Switch quite like this one, the problem is with the clunky controls and underwhelming help getting started
Simulation games are always a bit of a mixed bag on consoles, as they typically originally come from the PC space where expectations for interfaces and controls are completely different. Pretty quickly Drill Deal falls into this trap a bit, with workable but certainly cumbersome controls for navigating the interface and looking to accomplish the tasks you’ll need to complete in order to find success. That’s when you’ll hit the other issue, and that’s the fact that for a game with quite a number of complexities that need to be conquered in order to succeed the tutorial and help it gives on setting you up for success come up critically short. Now, it’s true that all games of this type tend to leave you to learn through trial and error, but with so many aspects of this being very specific and the likelihood that most people playing it will lack a fundamental understanding of some operations, this is a bit of a problem. Unlike managing city building, transportation, or other more common sim genres this is its own animal, making the need for guidance a bit more critical. Certainly if you’re all in on the concept you can muscle through and make the most of this, but for anyone less gun ho on it I’d advise exercising caution.
Justin Nation, Score: