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Notes on Switch Games

Notes on Nintendo Switch games.

[demo] after a game's title indicates the opinions are based only on the eShop-downloadable demo.


Ace Angler / 釣りスピリッツ (Fishing Spirits) also on: Arcade
Over-the-top, videogamey version of that Japanese pond fishing thing. It's wild.
There are two main modes, that play a bit differently. There's a story mode that's pretty cruisey, kinda like a phone game, but well paced so you don't have to grind stuff to buy stronger rods or do tasks for the aquarium thing. Then there's 'Medal Mode', which I assume is based on the arcade game. Catching stuff works differently, with you getting much less information, and you have to spend medals to do anything. Still, you tend to end up with plenty, and you use those to unlock new modes and ponds and things.
Asian and Japanese versions now include English! You can get it in a pack with an uncomfortable fishing reel shell too.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
It's kinda the best and the worst Animal Crossing game. It's so pretty (though running at 30 FPS bugs me more than I thought), and has so many nice additions that make it a really smooth experience, but that's the problem too. I don't play AC for some kinda power fantasy where I control and island and everyone on it. I just want to hang out with some weirdos.
Arms [demo]
Feels too messy for me. I haven't played Splatoon (I since have played 2, and quite liked it!), but I have similar feelings about it. Is kinda appealing visually, but as a player-versus-player multiplayer game it seems really inelegant.
Astebreed also on: PS4, Win
Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ also on: PS4, Win
Animey RPG where you collect a bunch of stuff? Demo didn't have English, but…I liked it enough to grab a copy.
People have very shiny legs.
Oh gosh there're a lot of these games.
Chameleon also on: Arcade, DS, PSP1)
Kinda neat versus puzzle game where you have to capture tiles/territory by switching colour. There are different kinds of stage goals and strategies. Main mode is really easy. Nothing special, but bought it with gold points.
Color Your World [demo]
Really don't enjoy this kinda game/puzzle. Sliding ice block puzzle, or whatever it's called. The difference betwen the player character and how they're represented in the opening cutscene is fun.
Crying Suns [demo] also on: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
Don't like the graphics (bad colours, no faces—), but ended up playing through the demo twice. I don't keep-up with Rogue-lights, just play one for a bit every now and then I guess; Dungeon of the Endless, Shiren The Wanderer.
You run a space ship, scavenge for items, fight other ships, talk too much. I dunno.
Crypt of the Serpent King [demo] also on: PS4, Win, XB1
Oh wow, it's terrible!
Earth Defence Force World Brothers [demo] also on PS4, Win
Kinda killed me enthusiasm for the game. Switching characters just feels like busywork (except it was kinda fun during the kaiju fights [and they made them way less bullet-spongey]), and none of them are much fun to use on their own. The different versions of the wingdiver all feel pretty shit, like the flight’s all wrong, and everyone else is uselessly slow. It’s still a bunch better than the other not-Sandlot games, so I will probably grab it on PC when it goes for cheap, but :( :( :(
Also I’m completely rubbish at playing these kinds’f things with a controller now.
Daemon X Machina [demo]
Been playing this a bit and enjoying it. The character creator is pretty nice! Tentative and early reaction is that I would like to buy this at some point. Needs better indication / feel for when I hit things though.
Detention [demo] also on: Android, Linux, Mac, PS4, Windows
Been really curious about this for a while, just because the 1960s Taiwan school setting fits in nicely with some films I really like, especially A Brighter Summer Day.
I was really enjoying the demo. It has a nice way of handling a point-and-click adventure game without any pointing or clicking. But then the horror stuff came in, and the demo ended. Until then it had nice Disaster Report vibes, walking round solving problems, heavy rain. But the horror stuff doesn't interest me at all.
Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories also on: PS4
The frame rate isn't great, but it doesn't bother me. Like Raw Danger!, despite the big disaster spectacle, it's a real nice hang/chillout game you can take at your own pace. One of my faves.
Fatum Betula also on: Windows, XBO
Was curious about this for a while, as I kept seeing the Switch version for cheap. I dunno. There's a whole slew of this kinda games that have a bit of imagination, a PSX skin, a put-on weirdness, and not much else going on. It's just a nothing game. Get item, use it on thingo, get other item, use it on guy, get item …
Hatsune Miku Logic Paint S
I bought this 'cause I thought it was by Jupiter. Whoops.
Seems alright though. I wish there were more option for assists. You can say you don't want any, but it still applies one that'll fill in the crosses when you complete a line, and it'll still tell you when you make a mistake.
Hotshot Racing also on: PS4, Win, XBO
It's really nice-looking (except the extraneous characters), but it's really let-own by forgettable track design. Usually not into boost in racing games, but this does a neat thing where you earn it by drifting, and that works well.
Immortals Fenyx Rising [demo]
Does Breath of the Wild crossed with Pixar sound good to you? No, of course not. It blows.
Breezy Kirby game with nice animations and colours and big shoes.
Lapis x Labyrinth also on: PS4
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
I was a bit suss on all the praise this'd received, so wasn't in a rush to play it. Started a save taking a break from Monster Hunter and have barely put it down. It's bursting with neat stuff, and I can't recommended it highly enough.
A great benefit of waiting four years is the I can't remember anything I'd read about it!
Load Runner Legacy [demo]
This is pretty neat! Plus, in the full game, you can make your own avatars and stages.
Lost Lands: The Golden Curse [demo] Mac, Win
I've been curious about these hidden object games for a bit. There are heaps of them. This one wasn't that different to playing a point-and-click kinda thing, except the puzzles were a bit more elaborate, the graphics overwrought, and the setting was some fantasy trash.
Kinda chill, would play another one for free for an hour or two :)
Mad Carnage also on: Windows
I thought this would be more interesting. I watched a video where you could shoot big missiles, and I thought they'd persist over turns so you could use them to control space, but they disappear after a turn. Feels really limited tactically. Was only a few cents, but not even worth paying that.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The extra movement options (compared to other tactics games) are really neat, and it generally feels pretty brisk. Though the game'd be more appealing if the Rabbid and Marioverse characters weren't in there.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
Monster Hunter Rise also on: Windows
Almost didn't buy it, as I wasn't sure I wanted another big timesink game, but I've really enjoyed it. I really love all the fun movement stuff the wirebug enables, and I tihnk making the maps much more interesting to explore is a great direction. Unfortunately they also seem to be going in a direction away from hunting, in the sense that monsters are always visible on the map, and the only kind of preparation needed is to eat a meal and look out for glowey things. Still better than World's spiritflies though.
Moving Out [demo]
Seemed okay, but it was too hard for me to see shit in tabletop mode.
Ninja Village [demo]
Kairosoft have a bunch of these little management games on phones and Switch. They're …
Our Flick Erasers
Nice little game with heaps of modes. Build a weird eraser, try to knock the other one of the table. Kinda like Robot Wars D:
Pang Adventure also on: Android, iOS, PS4, Win, XBO
It's Pang / Buster bros. It's cheap. It's alright.
Picross Lord of the Nazarick
Jupiter-made nonogame based on some anime. The usual kinds of puzzles, with a decent multi-colour one in there too. Things are structured differently. So you pick a character and complete a bunch of different modes themed around them. Seems like the worst anime in the world. I like the way it's structured, it means you're always doing a mix of easy, colour, mega, etc., rather than it being a straight mode and difficulty progression.
Picross S series
I miss being able to use a stylus. No touch controls at all >:(
Really enjoying the colour puzzles in 3. I've played other games with them and thought they were gimmicky, but something about them here works real well. Much more of a challenge, and require some new solving techniques.
7 finally adds touch controls!!!
Picross S Genesis & Master System Edition [demo]
At this point I've just played two games in the Picross S series, so playing the demo of this is a bit of a peak into the future. It seems to be missing some of the options I like, has some extra annoyances like confirming when I want to start a puzzle, and obnoxious graphics floating about. Didn't really like the colour puzzles—never have in other nonogames either.
Pilot Sports
Initial impressions are mixed. It's a PilotWings-like, with similar vehicles, but terrible characters and less nuanced controls. Still pretty dece for the price I got it at. Need to play more though!
There's a digital, Japanese-only version on the Japanese eShop I got for ¥100, and a physical release elsewhere.
Pixel Puzzle Makeout League [demo]
Felt like I spent more time fast-forwarding through story bits than doing puzzles. Did stimulate some thoughts on using nonograms to tell story, but this game doesn't do this in an interesting way itself.
Support touch controls if you wanna try playing with a stylus or something, though.
PP Makeout League for short?? PPML (PP Markup Language????
Qube Qross also on: Mac, Windows
I bought this because I thought it would be like Picross 3D, but it's less a logic puzzle and more about being able to visualise a shape in three dimensions. You can only rotate the object around one axis, which is a bit fiddley.
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays [demo] also on PS4, Windows
Tactics game where you play through various Gundam storylines, similar to the Super Robot Wars games. It's kinda fun: there's a bit of depth to how you position units because of different kinds of support attacks. Demo was Japanese, but had English text.
Sky Ride also on:PS42)
I dunno, but I'm into it.
Snipper Clips Plus
Splatoon 2 [demo]
I've played Splatoon now! Actually like it a bunch more than I thought I would. It's nice that there's stuff to do that's not combating other players (IE laying-down ink). But I still think the tug-of-war style thing is bad design more a multiplayer game. Still, I'm enjoying the demo enough to keep playing it for the weekend it's available.
Submerged also on: IOS, PS4, Windows, XBO
I don't like this much at all! Initial impressions were okay: game seems to want to take after ico in tone, but quickly just reveals it's purely a fetch-quest driven thing. The world, apart from a few filler/clone buildings is pretty nice, but the way you interact with it is tedious. You do basic, Assassin's Creed like building climbing, grab a thing, then look for some other doodad to find.
Also the boat is no fun to control, and pivots at the wrong point!
Toree 3D also on: Windows
Touhou Spell Bubble
Wow, this rules. The core is Puzzle Bobble, but there are all these fun little systems—one being rhythm-based—put on top that makes it feel real hectic in a fun way.
Spenno, though there's an Asia region version that's more reasonable.
Virtua Racing
Dunno why I only played this once—
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars [demo] also on: PS4, Windows
The writing is awful and the rest is pretty average. The humour surprised me a couple of times, at least. Glad it has touch controls, though I wish I could drag some of the cards that need to be double-tapped. Other cards and dice can be dragged though.
Wargroove also on: PS4, Windows, XBO
I dunno. It's very similar to Advance Wars in a lot of ways, but it has a lot of indiegametraits that put me off. The graphics are kinda okay, but kinda mediocre, the story shit is boring and the attempts at humour are pretty dull, I had to turn the voices off. It also has the same problems as Advance Wars: that stages can easily become tedious battles of attrition.

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nintendo_switch_notes.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/06 21:30 by rjt