Semispheres is an interesting little concept involving two spheres needing to navigate their way through a level to an end portal. The caveat being that the spheres are separated into 2 sides of the screen and the puzzles come from using the spheres to interact with the other side and open up a path to the end goal. These interactions take the form of power-ups you’ll be able to collect, which range from simple distraction noises that attract the attention of enemies or being able to open up a portal to the other side.
The Switch hasn’t got too many games which allow you to take out all of your real-life frustrations by unloading a load of explosives in the direction of hordes of killer robots, has it? Fortunately, NeuroVoider is here to fill the, ahem, void.
Whilst games such as the Nintendo 64’s Pokémon Stadium came pretty close, seven-year-old-me’s dream of battling Pokémon in a way that feels ‘real’ has never truly been realised. I’m just as much a fan of the core Pokémon games as the next trainer, but I always wanted to see Pokémon moving around like real creatures rather than sprites that wiggled slightly. Now, thanks to an unlikely collaboration between Nintendo and Tekken developer, Bandai Namco, we have Pokkén Tournament – possibly the closest we have come to those dreams so far. Originally released in Japanese arcades and then for Wii U, the latest version, Pokkén Tournament DX, has arrived on Nintendo Switch with some exciting new content. Does it come close to my childhood dreams, though, and more importantly: is it worth buying?
On a console that already boasts Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as its go-to kart racer, is there room on the podium for another? Beach Buggy Racing speeds onto the Nintendo Switch in an attempt to offer a little competition to Nintendo’s juggernaut.
What does Sonic use to knock on a door? His Knuckles…
Sometimes games take themselves too seriously; other times they are utterly bizarre. Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition is most definitely the latter; even the game’s opening screen specifically says that “nothing you are about to see will make any sense”, yet that is probably one of the strongest things it has going for it. Set in a visually attractive, ancient Germanic future (because an ‘ancient future’ is a thing, of course), Lichtspeer is a game full of weird and wonderful enemies and an easy-to-understand gameplay concept. I’m sure there is one thing I’m forgetting, though… Oh yeah, it’s absolutely ruthless.
Nintendo fans in the DS era were treated to some wonderful puzzlers, including plenty of new takes on the genre. Picross got a new lease of life on the system thanks to the touch-screen capabilities, while Su Doku was an addictive way to pass the time as a side-challenge on Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.
The blocks will remember that.
The Switch is doing well for great little indie platformers at the moment, and this week it looks that the eShop has managed to get another one for the catalogue.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but a game featuring Rabbids is one of the best games I’ve played this year!