Nintendo launched a brand new IP on Switch, but they’ve not been able to replicate the success of the fresh franchise that began on Wii U. In fact, it could well be the success of Splatoon that meant that ARMS was never able to find a fanbase.
Make no mistake, Treasure Stack is a true jewel of a puzzle game, with charm pouring out of every moment. It nails the feel it’s shooting for perfectly, and the cast of ridiculous unlockables are icing on the cake. I just wish that cake came in a few different flavours, as I got pretty tired of the repetitive single player mode by the end.
Instant Tennis is perfectly at home on Switch. It’s a party game at its core - so don’t expect anything too much in way of depth - but there’s plenty of options available in terms of courts and characters to offer a good time if you’ve got people round for a gaming evening.
In adding an exceptional level of polish to a wide yet perfectly balanced mix of units, Swords & Soldiers II sets the standard for Tower Defence games. The myriad combinations of numerous unit types, all with their own unique characteristics, makes every bout a fresh and interesting one, and finding new ways to beat old friends and new opponents alike won’t get old for a long time.
Kingdom Two Crowns is a deeply enthralling game and an almost hypnotising rabbit hole of discoveries - if you have the patience to find them. While it rewards your exploration, it never corrects your mistakes, and it’s often frustrating to repeat your previous work to come to the same conclusion. But if you dig deep into every element and have an eye for what each item can do, Kingdom Two Crowns will offer some truly satisfying thrills.
Travis Strikes Again has some interesting concepts and ideas that are lost in uninspired design, overstretched levels and puzzling execution of its story. It’s at its best when it’s not taking itself too seriously, and the simple controls and co-op play makes it a much more enjoyable experience with a friend. But playing though solo feels too much like a tiresome grind.
Few games are as beautiful and as elegant as Gris. You won’t be challenged to finish it, and the 3 to 4 hour play time seems a shame when the world you inhabit is as gorgeous as this. But, as an experience, it’s a stunning piece of interactive art that excels in everything it sets out to do.
After only a few short minutes I was really hooked on this cool little stunt racer. Despite it’s challenging nature, FutureGrind never felt cheap or frustrating, and I only ever had myself to blame for my poor stunt biker’s demise. But I was more than happy to jump right back into the action to see what other havoc and sick moves I could pull off in pursuit of the chequered flag.
The World Ends With You: Final Remix is the definitive experience for newcomers and veterans alike. The game looks amazing in HD when docked, and is equally impressive when played on the Switch’s smaller screen. As well as the engrossing 40 hour campaign, there’s even more gameplay for those who want to see all the game has to offer.
SkyScrappers is shallow, offering a one and done experience that can be fun for a short while. Multiplayer, single Joy-Con support and a vertical mode are all good features, but the lack of variety in levels and characters mean you won’t keep coming back for more.
Flat Heroes is a multiplayer masterpiece with more than a handful of modes. Single player is solid and enjoyable too, but the multiplayer content is where it’s at. The game has quickly become a go-to party game for some quick and enjoyable matches.
Robbotto has many glaring flaws, but its biggest however has to be just how mundane the overall experience is. The multiplayer adds some depth to the otherwise shallow experience, but while Robbotto is not a broken game, it’s an undeniably boring one.
The Nindie Direct for March 2019 has shaken the indie game landscape and episode 30 the Nindie Nation podcast has you covered! Jeff and Josh go over the showcase, including the marvelous reveal of Cuphead, The Red Lantern, NeoCab, My Friend Pedro and a slew of other great Nindie titles! The guys then go over what they’ve been playing highlighting The Red Strings Club, Nuclear Throne, Blaster Master Zero 2, and a preview of the beautiful looking Truberbrook.
Finally, there is a lengthy list of new releases and sales to go over, so strap in and join this Nindie hype-train of awesomeness!