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Game Information

Available on:PCNov 8, 2018
Nintendo SwitchNov 8, 2018

Developer: Rundisc

Publisher: Light Maze

Varion is a 3D arcade-action top-down “brawler”, featuring couch multiplayer battles for 1 to 4 players. Set in a futuristic universe, it allows the players to control robots fighting in a infinite amount of booby-trapped, procedurally generated arenas during restless, fast-paced battles. FEATURES Original gameplay based on bounce shots: Take advantage of the walls to blast your opponents! Easy to learn, hard to master dual-stick gameplay that will suit every gamer types, from casual to hardcore. Fast-paced local battles for up to 4 players. Play solo or team up with your friends: 1v1v1v1, 2v2, 1v3, 1v1v2... Diversified booby-trapped environnements which won't give you a break: exploding electrodes, gas jets, rambling Minotaur, portals... A dash move to avoid enemy shots, throw them back, or push your opponents. Original dynamo-based reloading system: don't camp or you're dead! Deadly powerups to heat up the brawl: cluster shots, melee blades, IEM bombs and more. Hours of non-stop fun thanks to procedural stages and a highly customizable battle configuration tool. A solo/coop Challenge mode to sharpen your skills against bots and beat your hi-scores.

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VARION 101: a quick gameplay tutorial

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Varion | Gameplay trailer

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Reviews

While it is hard to recommend Varion over the rest of the Switch's fastly-improving local multiplayer catalog, you could certainly do much, much worse.

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If you’re up for a slick local play arena shooter for your Switch, Varion comes to the table with prominent visuals and easy controls. However the core game mechanic of ricochet-only kills will definitely turn off some players, as it feels more luck-based than skill.

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If the typical local multiplayer shooting fare has seemed to get a being tired and dull I’d tend to agree, the genre has been in a bit of a cookie cutter rut on the whole for a while. Varion is a breath of fresh air and not only looks pretty fantastic, it also changes up just enough to help it stand out in the gameplay department as well. So the next time you’re searching for something a bit different to play against some friends when you get together it’s well worth a look.

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