Nintendo Switch Reviews
I’ve bought 42 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.
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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