An odd pairing of a solid old-school Cabal-style arcade shooter and a mess of an attempt at a more grand adventure
This is a great example of a game that doesn’t completely seem to understand who its likely target audience is and what they’re likely looking for. Starting with the positive, as the screenshots I saw for it implied, there’s a fun classic arcade shooting experience here in the spirit of games like Cabal from back in the day. Moving your character with the left stick and your crosshairs with the right you’ll be trying to dodge incoming attacks while mowing down your enemies and picking off chickens in search of power-ups. It has a fair degree of challenge, but for the price it has just enough nostalgic oomph that’s well executed to put a smile on this vintage gamer’s face. Then there’s the Adventure mode that you’re able to play with up to 4 people. Yeah, when I loaded up the “How to Play” screen and saw [1 / 21] I was really hoping that didn’t mean 21 packed pages of instructions, but sure enough that’s what I was in for. This mode really is trying to do something to elevate things, incorporating locations with things to buy, people to talk to, action sequences (the arcade mode), and duels with your opponents… but it just feels like a mess. All that said, if you’re a big fan of old-school shooters there aren’t too many on Switch in this vein and it’s a reasonably good time for a short while.
Justin Nation, Score: