Nintendo Switch Reviews
I’ve bought 79 Switch games and I’m slowly working through reviewing them all. I try to complete each game before reviewing it, where that’s possible. I’ve also written some much shorter reviews for demos and other freely available games.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
This 2D platformer has bags of flexibility and variety, with great level design, although its gimmicks don’t hit home 100% of the time.
This Metroidvania is minimal in every way, but manages to deliver a great gameplay experience by focussing on the essentials.
Ministry of Broadcast
Big Brother meets … Big Brother. In this pixellated tale of dystopian reality game show, you’re tasked with completing a series of platforming puzzles — by fair means or foul.
Spiritfarer is a captivating game with exploration, crafting, and platforming elements, woven around the moving stories of its characters.
A retro platformer with enough modern touches to make it wonderfully playable.
The Adventures of Elena Temple
A game steeped in nostalgia that will delight old-timers but frustrate modern gamers
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing is compelling and frustrating, a modern day doll’s house with too little to do, that will probably still have you coming back time and time again.
Yoku’s Island Express
Yoku’s Island Express is a bewitching combination of arcade pinball mechanics and enchanting metroidvania. But is it more than the sum of its parts, or does the gimmick result in a game which falls short of the two genres’ potential?
Super Box Land Demake
This great-looking Sokoban-like has some excellent levels, but too few of them.
Baba Is You
Baba is game. Mechanics are modifiable. Game is fun and challenging.
Box align is a 3d game stuck in a 2d world. Its core mechanic suffers as a result, and it doesn’t have enough redeeming features to make up for it.
Celeste answers the question ‘how can you make a plot really work in a video game?’. It’s a question we should all be asking more often, particularly when this is the answer.
Despite an aversion for auto-runners, I found Kid Tripp enjoyable, if on the short side.
Gato Roboto is adorable, and ideally suited to nostalgic handheld play, but — cute graphics aside — fails to be really memorable
The Way Remastered
The Way Remastered has some problems, but it pays homage to a certain style of challenging action platformer very well indeed
Ding Dong XL
Ding Dong XL couldn’t be simpler, so it’s hard to love, but easy to enjoy
A quirky combination of sports game and RPG produces a highly original and entertaining result
Dig Dog is a fast-paced, perfectly-pitched rogue-lite, offering an addictive slice of nostalgia
SteamWorld Dig 2
A joy to play and a perfect introduction to the metroidvania genre
The Flame in the Flood
An absorbing game which represents value for money, marred by bugs and flawed mechanics
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