There’s a sense of freedom and fun as you’ll explore the world, and it has terrific moments, but it doesn’t all work well on Switch
The indie space truly helps to show that variety in types of games and styles of play can really be the spice of life. Solar Ash, for me, is a title that fits this spirit pretty well, opting for a style that is more about the feel of the controls and the joy of exploration than traditional fare that tends to be focused on intensity and combat. That’s not to say there won’t be moments that will push you, there are certainly some platforming challenges to be faced along the way, but where much of the competition helps to break things up with satisfying battles to test your skills here it’s comparatively a bit more of an afterthought. One issue I have is that this feels like a title where compromises to the game’s looks and overall flow had to be made to get it up and running (pretty well) on Switch. The control just feels a little less responsive than is intended, and when traversal is such a big part of the experience I couldn’t help but measure how Solar Ash’s competition may have pulled things off on Switch just a bit better. That said, if you don’t mind a few warts there’s a worthwhile experience to be had here.
Justin Nation, Score: