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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.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Arms [demo]
Feels too messy for me. I haven't played Splatoon, 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~ [demo] also on: PS4, Win
Animey RPG where you collect a bunch of stuff? Demo didn't have English, but…I kinda liked it.
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.
Crypt of the Serpent King [demo] also on: PS4, Win, XB1
Oh wow, it's terrible!
釣りスピリッツ (Fishing Spirits) / Ace Angler [demo]
Over-the-top, videogamey version of that Japanese pond fishing thing. It's wild.
Asia-region version has English language, apparantly, Japanese version has no other languages
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 [demo] also on: PS4
The demo didn't run to well, but I'm still really looking forward to playing more.
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.
Load Runner Legacy [demo]
This is pretty neat! Plus, in the full game, you can make your own avatars and stages.
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
Ninja Village [demo]
Kairosoft have a bunch of these little management games on phones and Switch. They're …
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 [demo]
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, unlocking pictures and items (I was playing in Japanese, so didn't get the story stuff). Seems dece, will buy at some point.
Picross S series
I miss being able to use a stylus. No touch controls at all >:(
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????
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!
Touhou Spell Bubble [demo]
Wow, this rules. The core is Puzzle Bobble, but there are all these fun little systems put o ntop that makes it feel real hectic in a fun way.
Virtua Racing

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nintendo_switch_notes.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/25 06:11 by rjt