Spinch

Akupara Games, Queen Bee Games

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
70
Top Critic Average
78%
Critics Recommend
Based on 9 critic reviews
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Spinch

Rating Summary

Based on 9 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 9 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchSep 3, 2020
PCSep 3, 2020

Developer: Queen Bee Games

Publisher: Akupara Games

Genres: Action, Platformer, Arcade

Enter into a world thick with bubbling psychedelia. Descend deep into a new ecology teeming with multiple pathways, luminous levels, and complex obstacles. Transcend the material realm and assume your true form as Spinch, a hyper-agile organism consumed by the quest to rescue its litter of missing offspring from an endless invasion of misshapen and malformed offbeats and oddities. Bringing back old school difficulty, Spinch will have you replaying sections until you master your timing and reflexes. Dash, dodge, climb, swim, jump, and even shoot your own babies as you take on six enigmatic bosses in six vibrant worlds. Collect items to give you the upperhand while searching for your missing babies. Be on the lookout for your cousin - he's babysitting some of your relatives, but he's a little weird. With only a ticking clock and quick restarts - no lives or game overs - the game is welcoming to players of all experiences, but a formidable challenge to even the most capable of speedrunners. The world of Spinch has been crafted and brought to life by talented award-winning Canadian cartoonist, Jesse Jacobs, known for his precise and detailed line work in combination with bold and simple colour palettes. His works contain an affiliation with psychedelia, spirituality, alternate realities, and a blending of nature with technology. James Kirkpatrick, well known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as avant-garde hip-hop artist, Thesis Sahib, created the audio landscape of retro soundbites and electronic sounds found within Spinch. - Retro-styled visual wonderland with a psychedelic color explosion by award-winning Canadian cartoonist, Jesse Jacobs - A fine-tuned platformer with tight controls to dash, dodge, and jump off surfaces to survive against neon spiders, massive rainbow worms, and bomb-dropping moondogs - Plunge into the psychedelia of unique worlds ranging from neon plains, to experimental tanks, to frozen icelands, all the way to outerspace! - Face off against kaleidoscopic bosses and shoot them down with your babies as ammunition - Inviting and replayable for everyone; a speedrunning challenge for the insane - Soundtrack by famed Canadian artist, James Kirkpatrick, featuring compositions written on modified Game Boys and circuit-bent, hand-made instruments.

Spinch Critic Reviews

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Spinch is a quirky and vibrant 2D platformer that will delight and infuriate in equal measure. The soundtrack is invigorating and the gameplay demands a lot of the player with its punishing difficulty. The upside to this is that, finishing each level with your three babies comes with a sense of accomplishment that can't be denied. If you're a fan of this kind of game, Spinch is definitely one to consider.

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Bright, technicolour visuals, punishing difficulty, excellent level design and tight controls are all hallmarks of this deliciously enjoyable sugar rush. Spinch is a short but sweet experience and one that certainly proves itself to be worthy of both your time and money. Although it's regrettably marred by early launch performance issues, Spinch is an otherwise wonderful platformer that we'd highly recommend to anybody who just can't get enough of the genre.

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Spinch is a trip - both the psychedelic kind and the "fall on your face" kind.

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If you find yourself longing for that old kaleidoscope toy you enjoyed once upon a time, Spinch's shotgun blast of color might help you fill that void.

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