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.
The repetitive nature of the gameplay, the infuriating control system and the inconsistent puzzles rob Hello Neighbor of any fun it may have possessed. There’s some really nifty ideas in there, which just makes it so much of a shame that it couldn’t see them through.
Piczle Lines DX: 500 More Puzzles is a fantastic puzzle title with plenty of content and an addictive concept. If you’re interested in puzzle games at all, the game is easy to recommend, and loads of fun for anyone. It’s smart, charming, and provides plenty of bells-and-whistles while optimising the gameplay to make it something special.
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.
The two new Pokémon games are designed with newcomers in mind, but there are plenty of reasons to keep these games on your radar even if you’re a longtime fan. Here’s why Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee might be for you.
As we head into E3 2018, the big focus for Nintendo's presentation is the upcoming Super Smash Bros title for Switch. Nintendo's brawler and the LA Convention Centre go together as well as Final Destination and No Items. We here at Nintendo Village thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of the franchise at the event, and what it could mean for this year’s expo.
Switch’s first year was absolutely stellar, but year 2 so far hasn’t been quite as mind blowing, with only middle tier releases and a bunch of ports of questionable value. Nintendo needs new stuff at E3 to pick up Switch’s momentum throughout 2018.