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Dec 22
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Out of the 25 (twenty-five!) new releases lined-up for the Switch this week, it’s the oldest out of the lot that piques our interest.

Arcade Archives VS. SUPER MARIO BROS. (£6.29) marks the first time this arcade-tailored rendition of Super Mario Bros. has reached a home console. Intended to be a coin guzzler, it features more enemies and fewer power-ups. It also had six new levels, which eventually made their way into The Lost Levels. In the absence of Virtual Console for Switch, it’s easy to imagine this being a big seller.

Unsurprisingly, the wealth of the 25 (twenty-five, twenty-five!) releases are conversions of older titles. Familiar faces include the popular roguelikes Enter the Gungeon (£10.99) and Heart&Slash (£12.59), physics-based platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (£14.99), Korean horror The Coma: Recut (£17.99), and the mobster run-and-gunner Guns, Gore & Cannoli (£8.99).

We also have The Deer God (£7.19) and Bloody Zombies (£10.99), two games which we’ve reviewed on other systems. The Deer God is a pixel-art platform adventure about life and reincarnation, featuring looping level design – new locations don’t appear until beating existing quests, prompting you to run indefinitely until working out what to do next. We slapped the Xbox One version – a Games with Gold freebie – a 6/10 back in 2015.

Bloody Zombies is a darn sight newer, arriving on PS4 and Xbox One just a few months ago. It’s a brash and brutal scrolling brawler with online play that takes a while to master – if you don’t make good use of special moves or learn how to block/evade, then you’ll face the ‘Game Over’ screen often. We gave the PS4 version 7/10 in September.

Pulstar (£6.29) is this week’s NeoGeo title, meanwhile – a well-liked shooter from 1995, featuring rendered visuals.

Time to round up the remaining release:

TINY METAL – £19.99
An indie take on Nintendo’s Advance Wars that has its heart on its sleeve. Nintendo Life was left largely impressed, awarding it 9/10: “Upon this handsome foundation Area35 has crafted a tactical wargame which is every bit as compelling, addictive and challenging as its inspiration, while adding in a storyline of surprising drama and complexity.”

Brawlout – £17.99
Another that takes inspiration from a key Nintendo franchise. Namely, Super Smash Bros. The character line-up features more than a few indie stars, including pugilists from Hyper Light Drifter and Guacamelee.

Floor Kids – £15.99
Get down on the floor with this sketch-book style breakdance battler.

Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL – £9.99
This cutesy overhead shooter graced the PS4 some time ago, gaining mixed reviews. User reviews on Metacritic are curiously negative, in fact.

Crawl – £12.99
A randomly generated arcade dungeon crawler for up to four players, complete with a twist – players can take control of every trap and monster within a dungeon, even the hulking final boss.

Frederic: Resurrection of Music – £4.85 until 4th Jan (£5.39 thereafter)
A “one-of-a-kind adventure” that places you in the boots of a recently resurrected Frederic Chopin, out to save the world of music from mass-produced popstars.

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Sep 29
By Matt Gander In Reviews No Comments

Despite the immense popularity of such games as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Final Fight in the ‘90s, modern-day scrolling beat’em ups tend to come and go without fanfare. Even Double Dragon IV, released on PS4 and Switch earlier this year, failed to generate anything resembling a buzz and that was once the biggest name in side-scrolling brawling.

The lack of excitement for new scrolling beat’em ups seems to stem from the fact that the genre hasn’t evolved a great deal. Certainly not in the same way that RPGs, first-person shooters or adventure games have. They tend to stick to an overfamiliar formula – choose a character and then make your way to the right of the screen, picking up weapons and stopping to fight bad guys before taking on a boss. With a lack of surprises and innovation, there’s little cause for excitement.

Developer Paw Print Games seems to be aware that the genre has been stuck in a rut for a while, as the London-set Bloody Zombies (how’s that for a pun?) has a unique twist – PSVR support.

Headset wearers have camera control, allowing hidden paths and bonus pick-ups to be easily spotted. While accessible to all and sundry, these secrets are usually well hidden to those playing without a headset. A headset wearer on the team notably increases chances of survival, as you’ll need every extra health-pack and 1UP you can find. Button bashing won’t get you far here.

This is a demanding game, make no mistake. Fail to dodge enemy attacks and make use of special moves and combos, then chances are you’ll end up reaching a boss with just one life left. As good as dead, basically. Button bashing only cuts it during the opening stages – if you don’t have enemy attack patterns and the dodge manoeuvre licked after this point, you’re in for a rough time.

We’d even go as far to say that Bloody Zombies isn’t particularly fun without friends. There are far fewer zombies to deal with when playing on your lonesome, but even so, it’s no walk in the park (ignoring the fact that one stage is set in a kids’ playground).

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