Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (£13.49) is a Switch conversion more belated than most, making its debut as a PSVR launch title in 2016. On Nintendo’s platform, however, it reaches its full potential – it’s a party game like none other, tasking one player with defusing a bomb while others call out information from a bomb disposal manual. The twist? Your teammates can’t see the bomb, so it’s a case of using good old communication skills.
The first review in is a respectable 9/10 from Nintendo World Report. “The constant participation along with the ease of pick-and-play make Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes a terrific game to bring to a party,” they said.
Curve Digital’s Manual Samuel is somewhat newer. It’s an adventure game with a sprinkling of innovation – rich kid Samuel strikes a deal with the devil, resulting in having to do everything manually for a day. This Switch conversion throws two-player co-op into the mix. “The joke risks wearing thin, but Sam’s adventure is brief and self-aware enough to hold your interest,” was Nintendo Life’s verdict.
Then we have Cosmic Star Heroine (£9.89), a 2D RPG from the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World, recalling 16-bit classics such as Phantasy Star. It’s another than suits the Switch perfectly, with God is a Geek going as far to call it the definitive version. They awarded it a stonkingly high 9.5.
As for new “new” stuff, there’s the futuristic thriller State of Mind (£35.99). Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be quite deserving of that high price point – reviews are mostly clocking in at 6/10. Pocket Gamer – who awarded it a lukewarm 5/10 – complained of “confusing story, simple puzzles, poor controls.”
Other bits and pieces of note include Zen Studio’s CastleStorm, the low-poly FPS Polygod, and Tiny Hands Adventure – a 3D platformer starring a bright blue dinosaur. While that last one has potential, looking similar to Crash Bandicoot, it’s apparently marred by a lack of polish.