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Lair of the Clockwork God offers a clever blend of genres that come together nicely to make for one heck of an entertaining adventure. It’s like a jack of all trades in a way, but it’d be unfair to call it a master of none: the platforming is satisfying, the point-and-click adventuring is cleverly designed, whilst the narrative is memorable and full of silly antics. It does have a few performance issues right now that can see the platforming feeling a little sketchy in places, whilst point-and-click aficionados might be a little underwhelmed by the difficulty of the conundrums on offer. Neither of these issues stop Lair of the Clockwork God from being a whole lot of fun to play though and an easy title to recommend for Nintendo Switch gamers looking for something a little bit different.
Connection Haunted has a very unique and neat psychological-horror concept, but the boring gameplay mechanics just leave the game feeling a bit tedious and dull to play. It’s not broken and the narrative is intriguing, but you can probably expect to find your interest in this horror title waning pretty quickly.
Hotshot Racing is a brilliant arcade-style racer that feels satisfyingly old-school with its visuals, its impressive track design, and its action-packed racing. I’ve had a LOT of fun blasting through GPs across its creative variety of tracks, whilst the different game modes bring a fair bit of variety to the gameplay experience. It’s wholly accessible thanks to its simple control scheme too, though still offers enough challenge to make it ‘easy to play but difficult to master’ – just don’t be surprised if you get a little bit frustrated at the occasional case of rubber-banding throughout some races. I do wish that it could have offered a bit more single player content to get through, but with both local and online multiplayer on offer it’ll be easy to lose hours on end with Hotshot Racing’s fiendishly frantic but ultimately delightful racing action.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is simply perfect, with the satisfyingly brilliant skateboarding mechanics standing the test of time over twenty years on from its original release. Add to that some stunning new visuals, additional gameplay mechanics and challenges, a robust ‘Create a Park’ feature that allows endless possibilities, and, of course, a banging soundtrack, and you’ll quickly find you’re in skateboarding heaven with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Bravo, Activision and Vicarious Visions… you’ve ABSOLUTELY nailed it.
Witcheye is a uniquely fun (and undeniable kooky) adventure that has made the move from mobile devices to the Nintendo Switch smoothly. Sure, it’s not particularly testing and its gameplay mechanics are fairly simple in design, but it does more than enough to entertain across its fifty-plus levels. Admittedly, Witcheye probably won’t blow players way due to its simplicity and it can take a bit of tinkering to get used to its control scheme, but anyone who fancies a quick and quirky romp on their Nintendo Switch will certainly enjoy Mabel’s escapade.
The Last Campfire’s journey is one that’s both enchanting and touching, with its wonderful world and fun puzzles making for a memorable adventure throughout. There were a few oddities to encounter as far as performance is concerned and players might feel some sense of familiarity with the puzzle-design, but they’re minor issues in what is otherwise a creatively delightful experience.
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is essential for Star Wars-loving PlayStation VR owners, even if it might not necessarily be as good as the Oculus Quest version of the game. You’ll genuinely feel like you’re a part of the Star Wars universe, with the fantastically designed story sequences and epic lightsaber battling making for a gripping experience throughout. It’s worth noting that some of the restrictions of the PlayStation VR headset do see the game losing some of the immersion offered by the Oculus Quest version of the game, especially when it comes to the freedom of movement. Fortunately, it doesn’t deter from the overall experience at all, with Vader Immortal standing out as another unmissable PlayStation VR title.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition offers an entertaining adventuring experience that can be enjoyed when played solo or with friends – it’s just a shame that the process of playing online with others is so finicky in design. Boy, did it make me miss the glory days of being able to play in local multiplayer, even IF the free ‘Lite’ edition of the game is a delight. If you can look past that though, you really are in for a fun time with Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. It can be guilty of keeping its gameplay mechanics feeling simple in design, but there’s something so charming about its adventure that it’s easy to find yourself completely hooked in, especially if you’re already a fan of Final Fantasy. Add three friends into the mix and you’ll quickly find that it offers something a bit special…. just make sure you’ve got the patience to keep setting up online dungeon runs.
Windbound offers an enjoyable blend of survival and adventuring gameplay, though some technical issues and a tricky difficulty can make for some frustrating moments. There’s certainly more good than bad to be found on your journey through the Forbidden Islands and there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had sailing through its turbulent seas, but there’ll also be times where a particularly brutal (and sometimes unfair) battle with an enemy or a random glitch will annoy you too… Still, if you’re a fan of adventures that implement some neat survival elements, WIndbound will certainly appeal to you. It might not be perfect in all facets of its design, but it still manages to offer an entertaining adventure that’ll keep you hooked to your Nintendo Switch for some time.
I couldn’t help but to feel underwhelmed by Giraffe and Annika, with its adventure doing little to excite during its fairly short runtime. It’s not that anything was particularly bad about the game… there’s just not a whole lot to it. Sure, the vibrant world and quirky narrative do bring some charm to the journey and I enjoyed the rhythm-based battles, but everything else about Giraffe and Annika lacked any real spark of excitement to makes its adventure one that’s worth investing your time into.