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.
Doughlings: Arcade features loads of content and quality brick-breaking fun for anyone who is a fan of the genre. The graphics are colourful and vibrant from the get-go. It may only appeal to a certain group of players, but if you’re craving a good brick breaking adventure, Doughlings: Arcade will definitely scratch that itch.
Freedom Planet is a competent platformer in its own right, but pacing issues and difficulty spikes stop it from being truly amazing. That said, fans of Sega Genesis games and early 90s platformers will enjoy its nostalgia-inducing stages, and there's plenty the game has to offer, with multiple characters and unlockables to find along the way.
A hardcore candy centre wrapped in a casual gamer coating, de Blob 2 is definitely worth your money if you’re a fan of platformers. With great music, hypnotic visuals, and an interesting spin on an old genre, it will keep you or your kid (or you and your kid) coming back for more.
The VideoKid a very fun indie title that can be quite challenging if you want to push yourself to become the best. It’s clear that it isn’t a game that’s meant to be played for a long time in one go, but the nostalgic charm is overwhelming.
Super Destronaut DX isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but if you're in the mood for some classic arcade shooting action, it's a well put together effort. Some deaths can feel a little cheap and frustrating, but the challenges and online leaderboards give you enough incentive to shake it off and dive in for one more run.
Overall, Hacky Zack has an interesting premise and features puzzles and physics that will challenge you in ways that can be fun, but more than likely will frustrate due to the control scheme. It unfortunately ended up feeling more like an endurance and perseverance task, rather than a nice way to unwind, thanks to the largely unintuitve controls.
There might not be much ‘game’ in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, but that’s not the point. This is a powerful interactive drama, offering a fascinating insight into real history, rounded off by some solid performances that keep you engaged throughout.
Punch Club does a fantastic job of tapping into nostalgia. If you're a fan of 80s action films and 90s pop culture, there's more than enough to love here to make the basic though occasionally rewarding gameplay worthwhile. That said, the incredibly grindy nature of the early and late game sections stop the title from making the leap from amateur champion to heavyweight contender.
Flipping Death's side-splitting dark comedy is refreshing, well written and brilliantly performed, complemented by some incredible art and a wonderful soundtrack. With so much character, it's a must buy for fans of comedy or point-and-click adventures, with some excellent mechanics and puzzles throughout.
Paranautical Activity might seem like a fun arcade style shooter at first glance, but its repetitive brutal playthroughs, luck generated levels and relentless enemies bring the fun grinding to a halt. 8-bit inspired bosses and a great soundtrack unfortunately weren't enough to make the game an overall pleasant experience.
Road To Ballhalla is a clever ball-rolling puzzler that takes the best aspects of rhythm gameplay and wraps it up into an immensely satisfying experience. All of this is complemented by a fantastic sense of humour. It's another indie gem on the Switch that may end a little too quickly, but will undoubtedly have you coming back for more.
Hopes of an N64 Classic Mini seem to have all but disappeared this year. Vishaal takes a look at why Nintendo’s first 3D console didn’t get the miniature treatment this year, and speculates as to whether or not it will show up in 2019.
EGX, the UK’s biggest gaming convention, is back for 2018 and Nintendo have brought a whole slew of games for everyone to try out. Naturally we’re making an appearance to report on all that gaming goodness for you all, so check out our erstwhile editor’s diary from day two.
EGX, the UK’s biggest gaming convention, is back for 2018 and Nintendo have brought a whole slew of games for everyone to try out. Naturally we’re making an appearance to report on all that gaming goodness for you all. So sit back and enjoy our erstwhile Editor’s diary from day one.
Nintendo's E3 presentation has finally been delivered, and we got a fairly in depth look at Smash Bros for Switch - now called Super Smash Bros Ultimate - as well as a bunch of other games that are coming to Switch. Some games though, were conspicuous in their absence. Nintendo Village writers give their immediate impressions from this years' Nintendo E3 Direct.