This very dark take on childhood fairytale characters is quite cool pretty, but it gets let down by less inspired combat and controls
It’s always wild to stumble into games that throw surprises at you, and with its generally twisted versions of childhood characters, The Darkest Tales delivers that in spades. Where it gets trickier is in the execution and gameplay though, considering that the Switch has amassed quite an arsenal of excellent side-scrolling action games that it has to be measured against. In principle, the pieces are there to make for what’s slightly generic but serviceable combat, my issue comes in with the somewhat sloppy lack of crispness in the execution, all the more a shame since precision is demanded many times in both bigger boss fights and even in general platforming. If you can live with that as an issue, you’ll definitely be taken on a creepy and sometimes brutal journey as you clash with nightmarish versions of fairy tale characters you thought you knew. It doesn’t quite hold up to the standards set by its competition in the space, but it does compensate with a unique style all its own.
Justin Nation, Score: