Darksiders III is a solid game that fans of the franchise won’t be disappointed with, unless you’re playing it on the Switch. I enjoyed how the story expanded on some things from the previous titles and the game still has great and unique character design. I also enjoyed exploring and seeking out everything this interconnected world had to offer. I like that the entire franchise is now playable on the Switch but due to the technical performance I really have to advise anyone interested in this game to play it on other platforms as the experience here is significantly downgraded.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is a great remake of some of the best Super Monkey Ball games ever made. There is a ton of content here and plenty of reasons to replay it whether it be to unlock all the content in the shop, set new best personal online leaderboard times, or sitting down to play the mini-games with friends locally. The only things that could’ve made it better was more online functionality and maybe some slight changes to the physics. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is a must for fans of the franchise and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary.
Knockout Home Fitness is a nice way to keep in shape and the focus on boxing moves does make it stand out from other fitness games I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch recently. When you land those punches in time with the beat it feels really good, but it can be equally infuriating when it incorrectly loses track of the Joycons. It’s a decent game, but it really lacks more unlockables to keep you motivated to play beyond the first few weeks.
Monster Harvest is a nice mix between Stardew Valley and Pokemon but it’s missing some stuff that makes both of those other games great. The farming and Planimal raising is enjoyable but neither system is as deep as you may want. It’s also got some pretty annoying technical issues right now that will hopefully be patched. If you’re looking for a new farming game to last you a couple dozen hours or so then give it a shot if this sounds interesting to you.
Sonic Colors: Ultimate brings a decade old game to a modern audience and despite some prevailing franchise issues it’s still an overall good time. Racing through these levels, using the Wisp powers, and picking up all the collectibles is fun so long as the controls aren’t getting in the way. The game’s new lick of paint makes it look really good and performance is super smooth as it should be. I missed this game when it originally released and am glad I got the chance to experience it now. Hopefully the next new actual Sonic game can figure out the control issues though.
Pile Up! Box by Box is a colorful, fun puzzle platformer for the family but there just isn’t enough of it to last. Figuring out different ways to solve each world’s puzzles is enjoyable, there are tons of collectibles to hunt down, and there is some fun mini-games. The downside is that you’ll need local players to enjoy this to the fullest even if the core game is playable solo. If you’re looking to play as some cardboard boxes and solve some puzzles with the family it can be worth a look.
If you’re a fan of horror games and especially ones in virtual reality then I would recommend Blair Witch VR to you. I enjoyed playing it VR more than I did when I played it on the TV back when that version released. It still has some issues like some predictable plot points as well as some navigation issues but there is stuff to like about it too. Playing it in VR made me feel like I was in this forest more so than before and some great audio and solid visuals helped make me feel more immersed in it. Bullet is really the star of the show though and being able to reach out and actually pet him to build our bond never got old.
Blitz Breaker is a fun single-screen platformer that can be had for a very affordable price. The game doesn’t do anything special but the platforming is responsive and it looks and sounds solid while you’re figuring out how to get to the end of each level. Trophy hunters will also find it is yet another easy EastAsiaSoft list in that regard. If this is your thing and you got a few bucks to spare then give it a whirl.
Pretty Girls Klondike Solitaire is your basic game of solitaire only with some fan service anime girls to look at and listen to while you play. The game is at a budget price making it easy on your wallet but it doesn’t have a ton to offer. You’ll easily unlock all of the outfits for the girls in no time and after that it’s back to just moving cards around. If that sounds like the type of game for you then check it out.
Bishoujo Battle Mahjong Solitaire is pretty much more Mahjong Solitaire for anyone who may be looking for that. If you already played the Delicious! Pretty Girls variant of this then it’s basically identical to that except with girls who are less fan service looking. It’s cheap, will appeal to trophy hunters, and does offer quite a lot of layouts to keep you busy if you’re into the game. Give it a try if matching tiles is up your alley.