Showing posts from February, 2018

[Review] Joe Dever's Lone Wolf (Nintendo Switch)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf for Nintendo Switch is a new take on the visual novel genre that incorporates some light puzzle elements and a quick time event based combat system. While Telltale Games’ library consists of somewhat similar mechanics, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf eschews the interactive movie style present there in favor of a more classic approach- you actually read an onscreen novel, and are occasionally confronted with a choice that influences the story moving forward.
The Lone Wolf series got its start back in the early days of Dungeons and Dragons when Joe Dever was writing scenarios for the venerable father of the fantasy roleplaying game system, and eventually became an even more interactive version of the then popular “choose your own adventure” series of children's books. You started off your adventure by creating a character with die rolls, including having a randomized weapon and starting inventory and gold. As you progressed through the story, you gained experien…

Shiftlings Enhanced Edition (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Shiftlings Enhanced Edition is the latest in a series of fun ports that have carried over to the Nintendo Switch from the Wii U. This local multiplayer- focused puzzle platformer offers 55 challenging levels of hilarious action suitable for the whole family. Boasting colorful visuals and superb voice acting, Shiftlings Enhanced Edition presents us with the unexpected situation in which two aliens in space suits are tethered together to run an obstacle course for the entertainment of the universe. You must bounce, jump, and swap sizes through inflation to avoid traps and overcome obstacles.

Shiftlings Enhanced Edition offers a great variety of levels and impediments to overcome, with or without a partner in tow. The level design is creative and fair. There are a few thinkers throughout the journey, but it's not so intimidating that younger players will be overwhelmed. Scattered throughout are collecting soda bottles that can be collected to unlock new stages and challenges, and goi…

Weekly Update - External Reviews

Over the last week, I've been focusing on creating content outside of my own blog. Rather than making a new blog post providing a link to each and every one of those reviews, I've instead decided to begin doing a weekly round- up and putting links to all of these reviews in one spot.

As I have been saying since November, I am still planning on getting a YouTube up and running. There is no content, yet, but here is the link.
Soda's Fountain Arcade on YouTube.

I'll soon be migrating the site from blogger elsewhere, and will be changing the layout and I am getting some help with art. I'm hoping to avoid some occasional issues with links, and also making a variety of pages to more easily access different past articles.

I have some projects in the works with other indie content contractors. More on those as they develop.

I have a few upcoming reviews that will appear here, and will probably be republishing reviews from other sites here to add to the archives.

Without fu…

Lone Wolf and Project Aon.

In preparation for tomorrow's release of Joe Dever's Lone Wolf on Nintendo Switch, I wanted to take a brief trip down memory lane that I will expand on a little more in my review for the game, and in an upcoming video on my pending YouTube channel.

I had previously mentioned that I grew up balking at RPGs as my cousin played them, and he eventually convinced me to at least try playing one before I continued to bash on him for them. After I did play FInal Fantasy 6 (which we all knew as "3" back then), I was hooked, and I started asking him about more roleplaying experiences. He told me that he thought that I would enjoy reading the Lone Wolf series, which was a series of choose your own adventure books that let you roll up a fantasy character with his own inventory and equipment! He was right. I was hooked from the character creation section alone.

Now, I had read and played through all of the books that I could get my hands on through my local library at the time, …

Darkside Detective (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Darkside Detective is another great entry in the point and click adventure genre that has seems to have found new life on the Nintendo Switch. Obviously inspired by the old classics of the Monkey Island series, Simon the Sorcerer, and Full Throttle. In what is probably a serendipitous moment akin to "A Bug's Life" and "Antz", Spooky Doorway also developed a point and click adventure game that takes shots at the X-Files and Twin Peaks at the same time that Thimbleweed Park was being developed, and had a similar theme. While the games are both point and click adventure games that take jabs at a specific subgenre, they're completely different games.

Darkside Detective is set up as an adventure game to be tackled in quick bursts, which is a welcome take on the genre to begin with. We begin the game by learning that there has been an incompetent police officer assigned to the Darkside Division alongside our hero, Detective Francis McQueen, Officer Patrick Doole…

Furi (Switch) - First Impressions and Integrity

About a month ago, I received a review code for Furi on Nintendo Switch, and I had promised a review for the game. However, at this time, I am unable to do so. After multiple play sessions and many attempts to play a significant amount of the game to warrant a proper review, I have failed to make it past the first boss fight, which serves as a tutorial to the game's mechanics.

I began the game on normal difficulty, and after many short lived attempts, I progressively got a little further and further in to learning all of the intricacies of the combat system and attacks available to me. But, I always failed. After a solid 2 hours of this, I gave up on normal and switched to promenade (easy) mode, and played for yet another 2-3 hours in an attempt to clear this first boss. I couldn't do it. I'm the first to admit that I'm not the best video game player, and I have played more than my fair share of difficult games. However, they have mostly had a fair amount of difficult…

Opinion - Nintendo's Switch Rewards Leaves Questions Unanswered

Nintendo announced yesterday that they were going to be giving us what we've all been waiting for since launch day for the Nintendo Switch- a way to redeem our gold coins earned through their My Nintendo loyalty program on our Nintendo Switch!
While certain points sound enticing, the wording is a bit incomplete, and I have reached out to Nintendo for clarification on these points. While I'm awaiting a response, I'll go over the points as laid out by Nintendo on their site, and then raise the questions that I would like answered.
The following is a direct copy and paste from :

My Nintendo members already earn Gold Points by buying qualifying games. Soon they’ll be able to redeem Gold Points for eligible digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch™ system, too.

Here’s how it will work:
• Buy a qualifying digital game for Nintendo Switch, Wii U™, or Nintendo 3DS™ family systems or a physical game for the Nintendo Switch system.…

An update on Soda and my Fountain Arcade

This will be a short rant, by my standards.  So, what am I up to? Why did I slow down so much in December and January when compared to October and November?
A lot of reasons. I'll summarize a bit, because as is usually the case, there is more depth than a few sentences can communicate.

First, I got a second job. Then, my grandfather past away during the second week of December. I flew across the country to mourn his passing. When I returned home, it was just in time for solstice and Christmas. During the holidays, and stretching into the new year, all 5 people in my house seemed to have passed a flu/cold/minor plague around like it was hot potato, but the hot potato makes everyone miserable for days at a time.

Of course, coupling all of this with the insane amount of reviews that I was churning out, and I kind of got a little overwhelmed. I wouldn't say that I bit off more than I could chew,  but spending basically every waking moment of my life occupied by work of some kind …

Steamworld Dig (Switch) - Ramblin' Review

Steamworld Dig is the latest enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch from Image & Form Games. Following hot on the heels of Steamworld Heist: Ultimate Edition, it is another fine example of engaging gameplay and quirky robots.

Steamworld Dig was actually the second game that I purchased on 3ds eShop, after Gunman Clive, but it would have actually been the first if I weren't so broke at the time from buying my 3ds with Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon . I immediately fell in love with the exploration aspect, and the premise of mining resources for upgrades along the way. I spent hours getting lost in the randomly generated mine below Tumbleton. There were even a few times where I felt that I had dug myself into a corner and had to start over, but each playthrough was just as fun as the previous one, and kept me coming back for more. Considering this, imagine my delight when I saw the announcement of a Switch port!  Even with the phenomenal sequel Steamworld Dig 2 being released alr…