Crimsonland


Key Info

System: Switch
Developer: 10tons
Publisher: 10tons
Release Date: 24 November 2017
Price: $13.99 / £11.99


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Reviewed by Gary Gray

Crimsonland is a the newest twin-stick, top-down survival game to hit the Switch. Let's start off with the obvious: Crimsonland is furiously gory, and it lets you know about it straight away. Fighting in arena-style levels, the game has you pitched against a spectrum of creatures that try to flood you with sheer numbers. From aliens straight through to zombies, you’ll have to learn all the different quirks and movement patterns they have in order to survive.

Furiously gory

On each level there’s a set number of creatures you have to kill to be the last man standing in order to move on. As you're fighting, every so often power ups and weapon changes appear and this is where Crimsonland comes into it's own. There are tonnes of guns and unlockable power-ups at play, each feeling different from the last. From the amount of ammo they hold before a reload (of which there's an infinite amount by the way), to the rate and power of fire, there's plenty of fortifying goodies for your weapons. Speaking of which, almost every type of gun is here; from automatics to shotguns, and pistols to rocket launchers, you'll have to adjust your strategy according to what goodies appear. There's also a power-up bar that fills up according to how much blood you spill with each kill, rewarding you with a perk of your choice. These are great as they add an RPG element you don't usually see in a shooter's power-ups. There's plenty of different ones on offer too, from increased speed or a wider viewing angle, through to more blood appearing per kill, or more frequent weapon drops.

Crimsonland is chaotic at times when the swarms are charging right at you. You have to make the most of all the space on your small arena map, but it’s a little disappointing that there’s no real variety in the maps other than the visuals, so the playing field is pretty much always the same. In the graphics department, Crimsonland may not knock you off your feet, but you won't have much time to stop and examine it anyway. When the action truly gets going, there's loads going on all at once with zero frame drops which is really impressive. The smoothness never falters, even when getting surrounded by more enemies than I even thought the small arenas could handle.

VERDICT

All in all there's a really cool top down survival game here, and with the constant unlockables and guns being added, it never really gets dull. The variety in those pick-ups is nothing but impressive, and mixed in with the smooth gameplay and light RPG elements, this may scratch that old arcade itch with a bit of modern flare. More variety in stages would’ve been nice, but I still had a blast taking down the massive enemy hordes.

Pros & Cons

+ Tight controls
+ Lots of powerups
+ Plenty of weapon variety

- Bland level design
- Repetitive gameplay

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