We’ve waited ages for an excellent arcade racer, only for two to turn up at once. Typical! The low poly Hotshot Racing and the neon-drenched Inertial Drift are at least vastly different beasts.
Hotshot Racing recalls the days of Daytona, Ridge Racer and Virtua Racing. Reportedly, though, it plays unlike any of its major influences. Co-developed by Sumo Digital, it has arrived to a steady slew of 8/10 review scores. “It may have its quirks and it may turn you into a paranoid conspiracy theorist ready to tell tales of rubber-banding to anyone who’ll listen to you, but hey: that just adds to the authenticity of the era it’s based on. This is a fine racing title that truly nails its driving mechanics and delivers an exhilarating experience that will captivate newcomers and veterans alike,” said Nintendo Life.
Inertial Drift’s review scores are in the same ballpark.
This racer favours drifting, complete with a twin-stick set-up. “Inertial Drift
really is a unique racing experience. Its control scheme is incredibly
intuitive, despite one or two minor issues when it comes to the Switch version
specifically. Its visual novel-like story adds a little something extra, but
can be skipped entirely for those wanting to just enjoy drifting around each
environment, and it looks the absolute business with its anime-inspired
visuals,” was God is
a Geek’s verdict.
OkunoKA Madness offers speed running action, meanwhile.
A side-scrolling racer, if you will. Be sure not to overlook this one – it garnered
an impressive 9.0 from God is Geek
and a 8/10 from Nintendo
Life, who made favourable comparisons to Super Meat Boy.
Rhythm actioner AVICII Invector makes a belated appearance
too. It seems the developers have taken the time to take advantage of
everything the Switch has to offer, resulting in a top-notch conversion. Nintendo
World Report deemed it worthy of a 9.5: “I may not have been very familiar
with the work of Avicii before playing this game, but I think I can honestly
call myself a fan now. If you like his music or just like rhythm games in
general AVICII Invector is a game you absolutely should check out on the Switch.”
We reviewed the one man murder spree Party Hard 2 ourselves,
resulting in an 8/10. This is a bigger and better sequel, in every aspect,
adding plenty of new ways to cause chaos as you set about eliminating targets. It
doesn’t take itself seriously at all, and it’s much better for it.
The Switch also gets Wintermoor Tactics Club – a story about surviving high school, with gameplay inspired by tactical RPGs and visual novels – 2D indie character starring beat’em up Bounty Battle, the long-time-coming RPG Maker MV, and the accomplished looking cutesy party game Bake ‘n Switch. Pixel art shooter Meganoid might be worth a look too, being a sci-fi Spelunky alike.
Soar through vocal melodies, sweep each fade and attack
every beat in 25 of AVICII’s biggest hits, including global chart toppers:
Without You, Wake Me Up and Lay Me Down.
Each track is built to perfectly match the on-screen visuals
taking you through a musical odyssey of serene exploration.
After crashing into an abandoned colony base overrun with
hostile life, you must find a way to survive the elements armed at first with
only a gun and wrench. Find friends and upgrade your way to victory.
Wintermoor Tactics Club is a story about surviving high
school, with gameplay inspired by tactics RPGs and visual novels.
It was hard enough for Alicia at the famed Wintermoor
Academy before it erupted into a snowball war! Now her club’s only hope is to
transform from nerdy nobodies into fantasy heroes.
Unravel a reality-bending mystery. Test your strategic
mettle against an avalanche of colorful characters. And don’t forget to make
Hotshot Racing is a blisteringly fast arcade-style racing
game fusing drift handling, razor-sharp retro visuals and an incredible sense
of speed to create an exhilarating driving experience.
16 racing circuits provide the twists, turns and straights
conducive to searingly quick racing. Take in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las
Vegas desert environments, with each course modelled with the most vivid
colours and blue skies for miles.
Time Trial and Grand Prix modes cater to those who like to
compete in classic racing formats, while ‘Cops and Robbers’ and ‘Drive or
Explode’ modes offer exhilarating new ways to play.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York is a
stand-alone expansion and a companion piece to VtM: Coteries of New York. While
Coteries was a general introduction to the world depicted in the 5th Edition of
the hit tabletop role-playing game, Shadows presents a more personal and unique
Bounty Battle is the ultimate indie fighting game: a new 2D
fighter, where you can pit your favourite Indie heroes against one another!
Indie heroes from games like Guacamelee!, Darkest Dungeon, Flinthook, Dead
Cells, Axiom Verge, Owlboy & more battle it out in this fighter frenzy.
Bounty Battle features over 25 fighters from over 20
different Indie games! Each fighter comes with their own Minion companion and
unique abilities. Battle across levels inspired from the fighters’ native game
worlds with up to 3 other players.
Set in a 90’s retro future, Inertial Drift is an Arcade
Racer with a devastatingly unique handling model and unbelievably satisfying
twin-stick drift mechanics.
Inertial Drift offers a whole new level of accessibility and
challenge to the arcade racing genre – for a driving experience genuinely
unlike anything you’ve played before.
Something bad happened in WeakWood Kingdom… furious beasts
wandering in the fields, people getting more miserable each day… it all started
since the new King reigns. Find out what’s wrong in the throne room!
Travel wherever you want by skateboard or boat, talk to the
population, take quests and slay monsters to gain XP, upgrade skill points in
strength, dexterity or magic, earn gold in secret chests, buy and loot powerful
weapons and armors as well as potions or accessories.
You’ll need to boost up your stats and find your preferred
combat style to prepare for the final journey East.. to the King’s castle! On
this dangerous path, the enemies are even stronger but they’re just an
appetizer for what awaits you in the ultimate fight!
Golf Zero is a cute, fun and original little game with a mix
of clever golf platforming gameplay.
To sink a putt you must jump, sprint or slide while avoiding
unconventional hazards like brutal boulders, whirling saw blades, or zinging
bullets as the challenge increases.
An epic journey begins…with YOU! Become a master game
developer with RPG Maker MV. With an arsenal of tools at your fingertips create
elaborate, exciting, and memorable video games straight from your console!
Then, share your adventures online with other players, who can enjoy your epic
The possibilities are endless with the latest and greatest
RPG Maker software. With hundreds of assets and an infinite number of ways to
create your game, turn your dream tale into the next greatest video game!
Follow Yan the Defective One through his fight against the
Fire Troops and let him unveil the Facility’s mystery.
Make your way through the Facility and face platform
challenges. Repel the fire, extinguishing its flames and soldiers. Obtain
hidden power-ups and special equipment.
The game finally arrives on Nintendo Switch in a revisited
version and enriched by the brilliant Co-Op mode, perfect to be played with
Joy-Con together with a friend.
Doodle Derby is a devilish physics racing platformer
inspired by smashing all the stuff from your childhood toybox into each other.
Anything is possible in the least realistic car game ever. In Doodle Derby you
must build the track before trying to reach the goal of the level. Complete
your new cool track additions and push your luck! Can’t do it? Rebuild it.
Doodle Derby offers a single player campaign of ludicrous
puzzle challenges next to some friendship-testing multiplayer modes.
What goes up must come down… and what comes down must be
bounced! Send momentum from one block to another to shoot them around the map.
Cleverly conserve momentum to navigate around the map and flick all the
switches but be careful; once you’re down there’s no way back up; this
platformer has no jump button.
Each of over 120 levels features four pairs of switches, but
which switch goes with which? Figure out which pairs need pressing and how to
get there to solve each unique puzzle.
Push the limits of gravity as you explore 10 worlds with
their own unique mechanics, bonus levels, challenges, and secrets!
It has been centuries since the Master Bakers left the World
of Fla, the fabled lands of living Dough. But something is rising again. The
Mould is back! More powerful and infectious than ever before. It’s spread to
all corners of the World, gobbling up every species of Dough it comes across.
Turning them sour. Changing their behaviors into twisted versions of their
As the World crumbles above, the ancient Guardians rumble
below. Awoken from their slumber to fulfill their sworn duties to protect the
Doughy creatures of Fla. However, hundreds of years of hibernation have not
fared the Guardians well. They are hangry. Real hangry. With an insatiable
penchant for baked goods. So, the Bakers must bake. Sacrificing the adoughrably
cute Bun creatures to win favor with the Guardians; their only hope of
vanquishing The Mould.
Join a crew of Apprentice Bakers on their journey to learn
the unique abilities that set them apart. Get ready to face the Guardians of
each World, unlock the story behind The Mould infection, and fulfill your
destiny to become a Master Baker!
Never before seen movements and abilities including
sticking, ramming, parasitic takeover and even memory recall are used to
further open up the story!
With a meticulous pixelated style and super-smooth
movements, the game is set in a full-on otherworldly, science fiction
atmosphere with stunning, life-like sound effects and music.
On the verge of death, players will need to use their minds
to the fullest to find a way out. Wait, observe, plan out your path, and use
your special abilities wisely.
Don’t think you can easily bully this jelly-like organism!
In this sinister environment, using him to the fullest will be your greatest
Drums is a simple and fun game for kids and adults of all
ages, that will teach you how to play the drums.
Choose from one of the 9 included classic drum practise
tutorials 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4, that will teach you how to play them like a
professional by tapping the highlighted drums. You will be surprised how easy
it is to play something that sounds so amazing and so quick and with the
autoplay feature you can listen to how it should sound.
Ink and blood stain the streets of Ramezia. Witches must
burn and sins must be judged. Venture forth as Sister Semilla to burn down the
pillars of heresy in Minoria, an action-platformer by the creators of Momodora.
The story takes place during the fourth Witch War. It is a
time of fanatical religious fervor. The Sacred Office, a powerful organization
leading an Inquisition against heresy, purges the sinners who threaten
humanity. Those responsible for conducting a mysterious ceremony that
contradicts the rules of the Church are labeled “witches.” Now, Sisters Semilla
and Fran, missionaries in the Church’s service, set out to thwart the witches’
ceremony and protect the common-folk from heresy that endangers the status quo.
Experience the full story of the budding romance between
CLANNAD heroine Tomoyo Sakagami and protagonist Tomoya Okazaki in Tomoyo After
-It’s a Wonderful Life- CS Edition.
Yuichi Nakamura, known for his acclaimed performance as
Tomoya in the CLANNAD animated series, lends his vocal talents to complete the
cast of this emotional tale.
Welcome to the next evolution of the classic side-scrolling
action platform game! Journey with Pip as he sets out to save Princess Adeline
from the evil Queen DeRezzia. Pip’s quest begins when he learns he can absorb
the Bitstream from his fallen foes to evolve and devolve between three
different forms – single pixel, 8-bit, and 16-bit! Each transformation provides
different powers that Pip can use to solve environmental puzzles and blast
through enemies. Pip’s tale leads players through five different stylized
worlds with up to 10 hours of epic adventuring gameplay.
Classic snake return to become of the king. Eat all apple
and clear all rooms. With magical power-ups, achieve your glory. Conquer all
dungeons and rule them all.
The world has been taken over by an alien invasion. On the
eve of destruction, humanity calls out for help! Takotan is a retro shoot’em up
inspired by 16-bit classics. Save the world from alien invasion by shooting and
dodging your way through 8 action-packed levels with sinister bosses! Collect a
variety of power-ups including lasers, bowling balls and ninja stars to take
down enemies and defend the planet.
Ben Tennyson and his family are all set for a relaxing
European vacation – until evil Hex awakens four mysterious crystals and summons
monstrous visitors from the Void. Now it’s up to you to help Ben stop the
master magician’s Hex-tremely fiendish plans!
So put on the Omnitrix and transform into Ben 10’s
incredible aliens, as you adventure and battle through an action-packed 3D
world. Take on some of the deadliest enemies Ben has ever faced in thrilling
combat. Solve fun puzzles, use your skills to help out the townspeople you
meet, and collect power-ups to upgrade your aliens. And explore the cities,
forests and mountains of Europe on your way to the final showdown against
Meganoid is a challenging platformer, generating new levels
on every play session. Find many items to enhance your character and his
abilities while you descend down into the Meganoid space ship. Do you rush for
the exit, or do you take your time to collect everything there is, barely
escaping the security drones that will hunt you down if you linger.
OkunoKA Madness is a platform game in which your reflexes
and coordination are put to the test with more than 100 levels and 3 speedrun
You will have to jump, run and overcome obstacles through
unique and colourful worlds with more than 100 levels, go head-to-head with
wacky bosses, find hidden secrets, lots of surprises to unlock and an even more
difficult world: Madness!
Welcome back to the extended Party Hard universe! Choose
from hundreds of ways of dealing with noisy partygoers, incidentally destroy a
drug syndicate, and save the Earth from an alien invasion. May the chickens be
You just want to get some sleep… But it’s 3am, and once
again your neighbors are having a loud party. You have to finally put an end to
it–by any means.
VALENTINA is a Brazilian indie game. Set in an enchanted
kingdom, where Valentina, the player’s character, with her bow and arrow faces
monsters and surreal beings to save her kingdom and friends.
Help Circuit Dude build his ultimate secret invention by
plugging in chips, pushing blocks, stepping on switches, rotating walls and so
much more in this game featuring over 15 hours of gameplay over 120 levels. If
that’s not enough, you can design your own master contraptions using the
in-game level editor and even upload it to the internet for others to try out!
Next week: Super Mario 3D All-Stars, WWE 2K
Battlegrounds, Her Majesty’s Ship, Fight Crab, Active Neurons 2, Kingdom Rush
Origins, Dog Duty, Journey of the Broken Circle, Endurance – space action, and Vampire’s
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