Comes to the Switch feeling like another rushed budget offering trying to jump in before the arrival of Vampire Survivors on the system
So, at long last the indie darling Vampire Survivors will finally be coming to Switch, so what can we expect in the lead up to that release? Games that attempt to knock off that formula, of course! How well does that go? Typically not so great. In the case of Whispike Survivors that’s exactly the case. Trying to come in pretty low on the pricing front, it’s no doubt hoping that people thirsty for that taste of Survivors early will take the plunge. Having played a few variations on the formula, including a few already on Switch, I would definitely encourage you to either ignore that impulse or find another option. There are a few interesting ideas here, like essentially getting seeds that will let you plant and cultivate new heroes to tackle future runs starting out with more abilities, but that doesn’t compensate for the lack of variety and general play that gets stale pretty quickly. Honestly, a little less than an hour in it felt like the experience started to fall apart a bit. Tougher enemies will drop chests, but since you need to play a little slot machine-style mini game to even get something out of them I ended up just immediately losing just to get back to the action. The problem is it was getting to the point where my field was littered with them, really making it feel like the play experience really wasn’t thought out that well. If you can’t wait until next month to get your fix, seek out a different option to get a better value for your investment.
Justin Nation, Score: