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With a bit of slimming down and improvements in sound and movement, State of Mind could have been something really special. Instead, we have a rare case of a game that doesn’t live up to the promise of its art style, and that’s a real shame.
Flood of Light has an evocative mood, but its narrative is ultimately as lifeless as its central character. The gameplay centres on a single concept that’s mundane, fiddly and gets tiresome quickly. It’s not a bad game per se – it’s just not very exciting.
Unexplored truly is challenging to play and to like. For everything it does well, there’s something which gets in the way of it being truly great. However, for those who liked last year’s PC version, the Switch port is the complete bundle featuring the Mithril Run, Ripley Run and The Dark Ritual expansion – if you can get over the technical issues, that is.
If reaching the anti-climatic ending is all you want from this title then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Its brilliance shines in the everyday mastery and management of its systems, in a fleeting but fulfilling experience of a productive and successful existence.
Taming the challenging swinging mechanics is no mean feat, but I can’t wait to see what ridiculous stunts the community will be able to pull off with a bit of practice. Mark my words, Rifter will be a speedrunner’s paradise.
The Lion’s Song adds its name to the list of wonderful indies moving onto the Nintendo Switch.
A unique and artful celebration of Russian folklore.
MUSYNX is a quirky music game with oodles of content. It could have benefited from more thought put into the controls and scoring, and the corny presentation and soundtrack won’t appeal to everyone, but diehard rhythm fans will lap this up.
Unravel Two may have lost its cathartic charm but in its place, you’ll find refined mechanics more befitting to its genre.
I think the £15.99 price tag is a tad too high for this four-hour game (I’d knock a fiver off it, personally) but for someone looking for a clever take on the 2D puzzle genre, it’s definitely recommended.
Lumines Remastered offers the opportunity to play an iconic puzzle game if you missed it the first time round. Now, there are no excuses.
Despite some problems with pacing throughout the game, and the division system which isn't quite convincingly executed, Jurassic World Evolution is the game all dinosaur fans have been waiting for since watching Jurassic Park as a child.
This short little adventure is sometimes laborious, but it’s all so charmingly presented that any flaws are easily forgiven.
If you’ve got a hankering for a rhythm game to play on your Switch, Lanota has more than enough to keep you busy for some time.
Wreckfest isn’t the greatest racing game ever made, but it’s filled a niche it excels at. Everything about it focuses your attention on the finite moments of utter chaos and straddles the line between arcade fun and simulation. It wants you to be reckless and doesn’t burn you for it.
A blistering racer brought to a halt by some flaws.
Pode is not a bad game, by any means. It’s just very, very average, and that’s likely the most damning thing you could say about it.
Quarantine Circular boils the experience down to the basics of good storytelling and it’s worth it.
For fans of cult-classic crime cinema, there are enough fun sequences sprinkled throughout to get a kick out of. However, Milanoir doesn’t provide enough polish in its gameplay to really let these moments shine through.
Cultist Simulator is about a world out to get you at every turn through illness, madness, despair, and sacrificial rituals. It’s just a shame the game seems to kill your fun too early.