[Review] Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated - Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has become home to many interesting art styles and interesting games that bring a special flavor all of their own. Such it is with Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated, the latest release from ifun4all. While I've previously covered the publisher's other games, they seem to offer a variety of puzzle experiences for players to work their way through, and Paper Wars breaks that mold by being an arcade game that would feel right at home in the neon filled pits that populated our malls, pizza parlors and bowling alleys in the eighties and nineties.

You are in charge of defending a war-torn patch of land from oncoming invaders, and the only weapon at your disposal is a fixed tank in the lower left hand corner of the screen. You are able to rotate the turret to line up your shots against the advancing enemy, and this can be done using touchscreen controls or the analog stick. Once you've settled on a target, you can then begin charging up your shot with the …

[Weekly Roundup] March 12- 18, 2018

So, what have I been up to? Well, I've been focusing on getting caught up on my backlog of reviews for various sites, and am almost down to games that I will be covering on my blog. After this week, I'll be dedicating more time to creating content for my YouTube Channel (Soda's Fountain Arcade)
For now, here are the articles from other sites...

Quest 4 Pixels

Review - Bleed 2 - Nintendo Switch
Opinion - Super Smash Bros. on Switch

The Switch Effect

Review- Flinthook - Nintendo Switch
Review - Toki Tori 2 Plus - Nintendo Switch

...and reviews that I have posted here.

Review - Midnight Deluxe - Nintendo Switch
Review - Twin Robots Ultimate Edition - Nintendo Switch
Review - North - Nintendo Switch
Review - One Eyed Kutkh - Nintendo Switch

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[Review] Midnight Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

Midnight Deluxe is a golf like puzzle game ported over to the Nintendo Switch by Ratalaika Games. As some of my more observant readers will notice, it shares an art style and making convention with 36 Fragments of Midnight, and with good reason, as it is also developed by Petite Games. Now, the Deluxe in the name doesn't just mean that this is a port of Midnight, which debuted on Steam a fee years ago, but is also an enhanced port of both Midnight and it's sequel, Midnight 2. It incorporates the improved graphics found in the aforementioned 36 Fragments of Midnight, plus adds controller and touchscreen controls along with 14 additional levels as found in the previous two releases.

When all is said, there are 70 levels to complete, which is far more content than 36 Fragments of Midnight's one randomly generated level, and each of the 28 levels found in the previous two titles. So, are those 70 levels worth it for your couple of bucks?

The short answer is yes. The physics e…

[Review} Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition - Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has obviously become the go to console for cooperative and competitive multiplayer games, and we have yet another amazing cooperative puzzle platformer to yell at our friends about in Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition. Don't have any friends? Not to worry, the game is just as satisfying to play solo!

In Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition, you'll be controlling a pair of robots, as the title implies, and their names are Watt and Volt. You are two forgotten robots in an abandoned factory, and to prove your worthiness, must undergo a series of trials to avoid the scrap heap. Its a pretty flimsy premise, but it is a puzzle platformer, and so the story isn't really all that important. Each level begins with one robot trapped behind a door, and the free robot must make their way through the course to a button that frees the other one. You can then switch between the two. Each robot has their own energy bars that they expend as they make their way through each trial, …

[Review] Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Deluxe - Nintendo Switch (Archive)

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DeluxeDeveloper: Game Swing
Publisher: Reign Bros
Category: Party, Sports, Action, Arcade
Release Date: 01.04.2018
Stickbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Deluxe is an original party game that gives us a substantial single/double player campaign. You play as Bjorn and Jerome, whom are on a quest to find what has happened to Bjorn's rival love interest, Heidi Starbrow, on the eve of the big game. You'll fight your way through training(!!), honey-loving hippies, old pros, and more on your quest to find Heidi and prepare for the big game so you don't disappoint the coach a second year in a row.
At its core, this is a dodgeball game. The rules are simple - hit your opponent twice with the dodgeball. Once to stun them, a second time in a short period of time to eliminate them. If you get knocked out, you have the ability to revive your teammate by standing next to them for a few seconds to give them the opportunity to recover. Most matches are even, but s…

[Review] North (Nintendo Switch)

Among many other great developers and publishers (10tonsRatalaikaImage & Form) that are slowly porting their libraries over to the Nintendo Switch to bring their games to a whole new audience...Sometimes You has begun this quest as well. I recently talked about their game One Eyed Kutkh, and also reviewed Energy Balance on my birthday, of all days. They have a very interesting library of games to bring to the Nintendo Switch, and it is nice to see this kind of diversity, even if their games aren't always those that have the most depth.

Hot off my thirty minute play through of the aforementioned One Eyed Kutkh, I did a second play through of North, and it took me about 15 minutes less the second time around as it did the first. The first time through, I took about an hour. Second time through? Maybe 45 minutes. I didn't keep that close of an eye on the clock and had some distractions.

For lack of a better term, I believe that North is what people call a "walking s…

[Review] - One Eyed Kutkh (Nintendo Switch)

Recently, we have begun seeing more and more indie games released on the Nintendo Switch that draw on folklore and mythology to fashion their mechanics, art styles, and names. More often than not, these tales are used well to make a game's world seem alive, and to flavor it with a unique spice that will grab hold the interest of its player, and make it really stand out from the crowd. While this is a subject that I wish to expand on further at a later date, I just needed to present this as a slightly awkward introduction into a game that is a fine example of how not to call upon mythology or folklore for flavor. One Eyed Kutkh is that example.

Now, I'm not saying that One Eyed Kutkh is a bad game, because it isn't. I'll get to that in a short bit. No, One Eyed Kutkh failed in trying to communicate the flavor of its gameplay or art style by referencing an East Russian trickster god in it's title. A Kutkh, is similar to the Raven found in tribes of the Pacific North…