Jordan Rudek


60 games reviewed
71.5 average score
70 median score
41.7% of games recommended
Scores 10.5 higher than average

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Apr 10, 2019

undefined.What it lacks in gameplay variety, Way of the Passive Fist makes up for in its unique focus on defense and its accessible approach to difficulty. I enjoyed playing through the story mode and learning the different attack patterns of my opponents as each interaction felt like a mini-rhythm game. If you are looking for an arcade-style brawler that has achievements and a fun hook, there's no need to be passive about downloading this one on the eShop.

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Apr 9, 2019

As it is, I would recommend this game to those who like sci-fi rogue-likes and those who played FTL and wanted more story from it. There is a solid base here, but a little more variety in gameplay and a few more quality-of-life tweaks would take Out There from a white dwarf to a red giant.

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Apr 3, 2019

I was honestly very frustrated during my first couple hours, but gradually I started to appreciate the slow burn that is The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa. Without question, it will not appeal to everyone, and the lack of tutorials, hints, and information is definitely frustrating. All that said, though, it’s a unique and interesting experiment wrapped up in a cool, pixelated graphical style and an atmospheric soundtrack that suits the game perfectly.

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6.5 / 10.0 - The World Next Door
Apr 1, 2019

I did enjoy aspects of what I played, but there is a brevity and incompleteness that holds it back from being more than just a unique experiment. The puzzle-based combat is a really cool idea that needed to be used more and in different ways. If this one sounds interesting to you, I would wait for some kind of discount before jumping in.

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Mar 25, 2019

So how about a final roll of the dice? Anything other than a natural 20, and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon probably isn’t for you.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Red Strings Club
Mar 14, 2019

Elements like your current objectives and path through the story aren't really explained, and it's possible to feel lost or without purpose due to a lack of tutorials or direction. That said, I would still heartily recommend The Red Strings Club to fans of cyberpunk or crime stories or those who enjoy narrative games with a fair amount of choice and minimal gameplay. I'm not sure if I will be returning to this bar right away, but I'll certainly be thinking about it.

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Mar 7, 2019

The remixed Campaign+ might not be enough of a reason for previous owners of the game to jump back in, but the plethora of online leaderboards should entice the high-score chasers among us. The local multiplayer and ease of play are perfect reasons to bust this one out for group gaming sessions, too. Assault Android Cactus+ is an easy recommendation for Switch owners looking for an exciting arcade experience.

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8.5 / 10.0 - APE OUT
Feb 28, 2019

The Arcade Mode and harder difficulty will test even the best of players and provide a decent incentive to come back. The sheer enjoyment of flinging guards into each other or through a high-rise window to their doom doesn't really get old, but the striking use of color and perspective truly set this game apart. If you don't mind the gratuitous body count and related blood splatter, Ape Out is a funky and fresh take on the top-down action genre. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rock out with my Ape Out.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Battlloon
Feb 27, 2019

For some cheap and quick entertainment, it barely does the job, and even then I think you're better off just letting this one fly away.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Awesome Pea
Feb 24, 2019

There is definitely a pea, but I’m not sure about the “awesome” part.

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8 / 10.0 - Devil Engine
Feb 20, 2019

I really enjoyed playing Devil Engine, and it’s another great horizontal shooter that plays and looks great on Switch.

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Feb 18, 2019

It's competent and well-made but ultimately uninspired. This is a game you will have fun with and then completely forget about. There are better platformers on Switch, but this one is worth a look if you feel the need to test yourself every time you see a gap or spikes that beg to be jumped over.

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Feb 10, 2019

Like a wonderful dream, Reverie is over a little too soon, but it leaves you with some pleasant memories.

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Feb 7, 2019

For now, I'll recommend Odallus to those itching for the atmosphere of early Castlevania games and those relishing a good dose of difficulty. More casual fans may want to look elsewhere.

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Feb 7, 2019

With Oniken, what you see is what you get, and your first impression of the game is probably spot on. If you miss your friendly, Tecmo ninja man, you might want to give this one a look. For everyone else, leave this one in 20XX.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Necrosphere Deluxe
Jan 30, 2019

Given the two-button controls, it would have been nice to at least be able to map the buttons in a specific way. As it is, only masochists need apply for this one. I'm ready to tap out.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Wargroove
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove offers a robust and content-laden package that turn-based strategy fans will adore.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Pikuniku
Jan 21, 2019

That said, I do wish there was a little more to do, especially since the world and characters are so unusual and entertaining. Anyone with even a little interest in Pikuniku should consider picking it up and going in as blind as possible. Much of the enjoyment is in simple, child-like discovery.

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Jan 14, 2019

The final stages of the game are an absolute trip, and for much of my time with it I simply could not put Octahedron down. A free demo on the eShop leaves no excuse for ignoring this one. You don't need to get dressed up or shell out for expensive drinks to feel like you're at the club. Just play Octahedron.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Bury me, my Love
Jan 10, 2019

As a narrative experience, it tells a meaningful and powerful tale, but the form and delivery on Switch simply don't lend themselves to being player-friendly or engaging. On mobile, It follows in the footsteps of excellent alternate-reality titles like Lifeline, and such games are perfectly suited to that platform. In making the jump to Switch, what gives Bury me, my Love its charm is lost, and the process of revisiting the story is just too frustrating to overcome. Dig up the mobile version and leave the Switch port buried in the eShop.

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