Umihara Kawase Fresh!


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Umihara Kawase Fresh!

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchJul 9, 2019

Developer: Nicalis

Genre: Platformer

Umihara Kawase Fresh! brings the charm and crazy grappling-hook physics of Japan's cult-favorite action/platform series to Nintendo Switch, courtesy of Nicalis! Physical retail copies will include a full-color instruction manual and a secret collectible bonus goodie when you preorder! When a young traveling chef named Kawase arrives in the frontier town of Kingness, she finds it to be a perfect real-life replica of a town that she used to dream of as a child. Intrigued, she takes a job as a delivery person and occasional chef for a local restaurant. Through exploration and conversations with the locals, Kawase gradually learns the history of the town, the mysterious castle that floats above it, the dangerous cavern that lurks below it and the unspeakable demons who have terrorized its residents. •Large, explorable town expands in all directions as the story unfolds and you gain access to new areas. •More than 75 unique quests, each replayable in Time Attack mode, plus unlockable Challenge quests. •Collect dozens of unique ingredients and use them to prepare many different recipes, resulting in consumable items that can grant temporary power-ups. •A wholetown filled with charming, human-like animal characters, many of whom provide information, directions, advice, items, recipes and additional quests to undertake. •More than 50 unique enemies, some of which can be captured and used as ingredients in special recipes, plus boss characters. •Purchase ingredients from the Shop, or visit the Library to read

Umihara Kawase Fresh! Critic Reviews


8 / 10.0

Umihara Kawase Fresh! is easily my favorite entry thus far. I hope that the changes to the framework and the added accessibility manage to hook some new fans. Maybe this really is a fresh start for the series.

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All in all, Umihara Kawase Fresh! is presented smartly, if quite bizarrely. Its movement system is fiendish, sometimes frustrating, sometimes free-flowing. Unfortunately, it asks a lot of the player and manages to hide its best bits. The level and boss design are unlikely to inspire anyone, especially when already taken to wit's end by the stuttering difficulty, but that's not enough to undo the game's unique charm. If you're already an Umihara fan then Umihara Kawase Fresh! will give you your fix like nothing else. For anyone else, it's harder to love – but not impossible.

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Between the two story modes, hidden items and the bonus modes, Umihara Kawase Fresh! has a solid amount of replay value and if you really enjoyed playing the story mode, the game gives you a lot of reasons to come back to it. Long-time Umihara Kawase fans may find this one a bit weird and even alienating at first with all of the modifications to the gameplay and feel, but change isn’t always a bad thing and I think they did a solid job working with those changes. It’s still an Umihara Kawase title, which means it’s still an enjoyable time despite its flaws. If this is your first time jumping into Umihara Kawase and you find the fishing lure mechanics interesting, I highly recommend you check out some of the older games as well, especially Sayonara Umihara Kawase.

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