Showing posts from December, 2018

[Review] The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition - Nintendo Switch

The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition brings a light hearted zombie-horde style twin-stick shooter to the Nintendo Switch with absurd flair and lots of mutant veggies animated by crazy aliens. Yes, if you immediately thought of the Powerpuff Girls episode with the angry broccoli aliens, know that I did, too...and it's influence on this game shines very brightly, even if indirectly. If only there were a stupendous power up that allowed you to eat them to death, it could have been complete. While there are not overt Powerpuff Girl references, there are a lot of other nostalgiac game and media references to be found, which even includes a worn-VHS style warp line that loops through the screen as you play. This, along with screen shake and screen flash can be modified or turned off from the options, but it adds a nice little visual touch to the art style.

The Walking Vegetables seems to have been intended as a couch co-op shooter game in the same vein as Zombies Ate my Neighbors, a…

[Review] Trouserheart - Nintendo Switch

We have seen a lot of indie games utilizing the rogue-like and rogue-lite formulas to help flesh out their game worlds and improve replayability for a while now. It's pretty high up there with metroidvania at this point for percentage of overall games released, and it's gets a little tiresome at times when games just feel like another recycled idea. However, even amidst a slew of similar games, you do happen to find the gems that trickle out when building upon a basic template- particularly when those gems figure out a novel way to overcome some of the shortcomings, and then improve upon the feel in the process. Enter Trouserheart.

You see, Trouserheart takes the old school absurdity of classic video game nonsense plot lines (a sleeping king has his pants go missing in his sleep), and combines it with a tweaked rogue-lite system and familiar level design to bring us a fun, light-hearted romp with simple controls, catchy music, and unexpected twists. As I mentioned above, your…

[Review] Battle Group 2 - Nintendo Switch

Every so often you run across a game unlike anything that you've ever played before. As a result, you aren't always quite sure what to think of that, and I'm still trying to scratch my noggin through this one for Battle Group 2.

While it bills itself as an arcade, action, strategy title, I'm not really picking up on the action or strategy portion of this game. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun game...but I think that it is best described as an arcade on-rails shmup. Where most shoot 'em ups have you flying through space, usually back forth, left and right, up and down, and occasionally some dodging and rolling to weave in and out of enemy flight and attack patterns while ground units hurl projectiles at you, Battle Group 2 puts you in the position of turret gunner on a naval ship while the computer propels you forward. As enemies fly on screen and into your sights, you swing a cursor around screen and fire at them to destroy them before they plink away at your…

[Review] Hyper Light Drifter Special Edition - Nintendo Switch

Way back in the long ago of March of this year, it was revealed in a Nindies Showcase that Undertale was coming to the Nintendo Switch. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that the Nintendo Switch would be supporting the game maker engine. The first game I thought of when learning this information was Hyper Light Drifter. I knew that the game would be perfect for the Switch's hybrid nature, since it's nice to recline on the couch and hack n' slash your way through the world, but 2d games just seem so much better suited to the handheld experience. Not only that, but Hyper Light Drifter is among the best known and well-received game maker games, so it seemed only natural that Heart Machine would want to bring Hyper Light Drifter to Nintendo's runaway hit console as soon as they possibly could. Fast forward to September, and us Nintendo Switch owners get not only Hyper Light Drifter, but a few exclusive bits of gear and a new mode!

To get the exclusives out of the way fi…