Overall, Tachyon Project is a surprisingly good twin-stick shooter. I think it’s got plenty to offer for fans of the genre with its health/time gimmick, a somewhat interesting story, lots of customisation, mission types and enemy variety. It’s got a lot going for it, including the cheap price. Yes, the battle arenas may be a little boring and taking damage from enemies as they spawn are obvious flaws, but they’re not enough to stop me from recommending it.
Overall, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING is a pretty harmless game. It’s a simple way to spend a couple of hours if you want to sit back with a coffee and maybe have a few chuckles at the ridiculousness of it all. Even if it’s playing hugely on British stereotypes it’s very inoffensive. If you’re not into the genre then you’ll probably find the slow-paced nature of puzzle solving a bit of a bore, but adventure fans will lap this up I’m sure, especially if you’re British. It’s a shame it’s not a little longer and it will be a while before we get to see the second and third episodes in the series but you can’t expect so much from such a small developer and I find it impressive they pulled off such a well-presented package to rival other, bigger publishers.
Overall, for the price, I think it’s not a bad game to take a punt on if you’re into turn-based strategy games like I am or are looking to spend a few hours with some light car combat. Sadly it’s nowhere near as compelling as say Advance Wars or Final Fantasy Tactics, but for £4.49 I’m struggling to find too much of a fault. The gameplay is okay and it does try its best to be a fully fledged title although it obviously lacks in a certain polish in quality that a bigger budget would allow. It tries presentation-wise with storyboards which is nice, but overall visuals are slightly below par. It's just average at best.
In conclusion, if you’re into point and click adventure games like Thimbleweed Park, TV shows like Twin Peaks or Stranger Things, film noir and slightly whacky humour, then there’s no doubt in my mind that The Darkside Detective is perfect for you. With its mini episodic style structure, it’s a good fit for the Switch and the excellent soundtrack from Ben Prunty make it an easy recommendation. Whether it’s as funny as other games it’s trying to emulate, I’m not so sure, and maybe the gameplay is a little too simple, but it’s still enjoyable and nothing falls flat.
In conclusion, you already know what I’m going to say, Aegis Defenders is a genre mashup that works excellently. The transition between exploring, building and defending is seamless and it all fits together so well. It provides a solid challenging campaign that can be played by yourself or with a friend and either way, you’re going to have an exciting, super tense time. It’s wonderful looks and accompanying soundtrack make it one great little package for a decent price. Sure, it is a little overwhelming by the half way point and I think the friendly AI could have been programmed to back you up a little better but it’s still doable and if you like a really well-made challenge, you’ve got it right here.
Overall, Bayonetta 2 was a classic for the Wii U and guess what, it’s still a classic for the Nintendo Switch. If you didn’t have the fortune (or misfortune, I guess) of owning a Wii U, this is the perfect chance to catch up with the series. It’s a game that deserves to be played by more people and hopefully will. As far as all-action games go this is definitely top tier and is unlikely to be beaten anytime soon, at least not until Bayonetta 3 is released. If you’re into action games, this is completely essential.
Overall, Typoman is still a really good puzzle platform game. It has a really unique concept that’s brilliantly executed. Puzzles and action moments are balanced really well, and it’s paced to perfection. The direction and wordplay are something to be admired. Sure, it may be a bit limited at times and the platforming sections may irk you somewhat, but that doesn’t stop it from being a game I can easily recommend.
Overall, I never feel comfortable giving a negative review of a game, especially when you can see they were trying at some point along the line. However, the high price point, low quality of gameplay and some poor design decisions have forced my hand when it comes to Hollow. Hollow is not a good game, it’s not even an average game. It’s sadly below par for what it is trying to achieve. From the screenshots to the trailer you may be tricked into thinking Hollow is a quality made game, but it’s not. It’s not scary and it’s not fun to play. It’s below average at best and poor at worst.
Overall, Bridge Constructor Portal is a puzzle game that’s a top tier in its field of engineering and physics. You can spend hours tweaking stages here and there, experimenting with different structures and so on. If you enjoy testing your engineering skills and really taking your time to find the best way to solve the puzzle at hand then this game is a no-brainer. If you’re not into puzzle games or really slow methodical games then this definitely won’t be for you. I think I’d still say it could do with a little more in terms of variety and a much-needed level creator and sharer though. Aside from that, it’s an excellent proposition for the right audience.
Overall I think The Final Station is an excellent game, as far as survival games go it’s one of the more playable in my opinion. It keeps its gameplay fairly simple but the predictable gameplay loop really had me hooked, always switching between riding the train and going out exploring. The story and atmosphere provided really did add a lot to it though and if these had been lesser then maybe I wouldn’t hold it in the same high regard. It’s an interesting concept and I hope we can see more like this from the developers in the future.