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Developer: Tic Toc Games
Publisher: Tic Toc Games
Genres: Arcade, Action
B.ARK is a fun and incredibly chaotic shooter, one best played with friends. The levels move quickly and throw a variety of enemies and bosses at you, despite some of the bosses feeling a bit repetitive. Still, the lovable cast of characters, the quirky concept, the ability to rescue your teammates, and the push for players to be competitive all fuse together to create a fun, if short-lived experience that I found well worth tackling over a night with friends.
B.ARK is a fun (if awkwardly named) shooter that could use a bit more content and final polish. It's hard not to like the game for its colorful presentation and fun gameplay. But it's also hard to love it, knowing what it lacks at present. Make sure to grab Adventures of Pip first, but add B.ARK to your eShop wishlist.
However, it's not really for hardcore shmup fans looking for a more challenging and classic experience; much of its charm comes from passing out a few Joy-Con and shooting down giant mechanized starfish. Solid performance and good controls are pluses, even if a playthrough won't take you all that long. Those who are generally looking for a more laidback, multiplayer focused title won't be barking up the wrong tree if they give this one a spin.
B.ARK definitely looks like a promising shmup with its cartoon visuals and variety of animal chums but it falls apart at the seams when you compare it to its genre predecessors. It's still kind of fun at times, though, especially with its 4 player co-op component.
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B.ARK Opening Cinematic
B.ARK - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch