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Developer: Alawar Premium

Publisher: Merge Games

  • Price: $7.99
  • Release Date: Jul 6, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: T [Teen]
  • While it’s an interesting take on real-time strategy, poor controls and difficulties keeping track of what’s happening frustrate

    One of the things that has been clear with games coming to the Switch from PC or the mobile space (in this case both) is that getting the console control scheme right is critical to success. Unfortunately, at least in my mind, that sets Necrosmith up at a fundamental level to struggle out of the gate, with controls that are simply cumbersome and a bit confusing. Assuming you muscle through those issues, you can see where the game simply plays a bit differently, and that’s both a good and bad thing. It’s always an interesting challenge to tackle new styles of play, but in this case it was also quite aggravating. Your goal is to assemble undead warriors from parts you’ve found, creating different types of monsters to do your bidding depending on which parts you assemble. It’s what happens once you’ve put them together that’s a bit more maddening. You can opt to roughly control a unit to get them to move around, trying to capture structures and fend off attackers, but given you have multiple creations moving around at a time you generally need to leave the others on some sort of auto-pilot, and this is where the difficulties really set in. What your units do is a bit unpredictable, there really aren’t many great provisions for giving them direction, and since everything gets spread out pretty quickly your understanding of, let alone command of, what’s going on is sketchy at best. You could work to try to minimize these issues and enjoy a simply different experience but for most people there will be better options to consider first in the genre space.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.1]

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