Tagged "Claybook"

Mar 14
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Don’t be fooled or mislead by Baba Is You’s simple visuals – this 2D puzzler is a game changer, literally. The rules of play can be changed at any time, pushing words around to create sentences that manipulate the world. It’s smart. Very smart.

So far it has yet to receive a review score below 8/10, with We Got This Covered settling on a 4/5 and Nintendo World Report opting for 9/10. “The degree of ingenuity and creativity in Baba Is You is breathtaking at times,” said NWR.

Another innovative puzzler launching this week is Claybook, set in a manipulative world formed of squishy clay. We recall being moderately impressed by the Xbox One version back when it was in early access.

This new Switch version garnered an 8.5 from Nintendo Enthusiast, who called it “a great pick-up-and-play game”. VideoChums felt it deserving of a 7.3, meanwhile.

You won’t be solving any puzzles in RICO, that’s for sure. Plenty of door kicking and bad guy shooting, though. This roguelike FPS is going down well, gaining praise for its arcade-like sensibilities.

“It’s great fun in single-player, but when you head into each randomised set of rooms in co-op, you’ll shoot your way into an interactive buddy cop movie right there in the palm of your hands,” said Nintendo Life.

Review scores for the JRPG remake The Caligula Effect: Overdose – one of this week’s few full price releases – are all over the place, meanwhile. Pocket Gamer enjoyed the combat but despised just about every other feature, resulting in a poor 4/10. Digitally Downloaded, on the other hand, dished out full marks (5/5), calling it an “unapologetically smart and thoughtful game”.

Square-Enix’s cult 1993 JRPG Romancing SaGa 2 is a cheaper alternative, launching at £9.99 (50% off for a limited time). It sold over 1.5 million copies on Super Nintendo back in the day.

Which brings us onto this week’s retro releases – Arcade Archives ELEVATOR ACTION from 1983, and the 1994 platforming sequel Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Joe and Mac Returns.

‘90s throwback FPS Apocryph: an old-school shooter also piques our interest, as does the surprisingly in-depth Motorsport Manager for Nintendo Switch, the cyberpunk adventure The Red Strings Club, and the hand-drawn action brawler Dusty Raging Fist.

If none of these take your fancy, perhaps something from the full list below will. There’s also a new release for New 3DS, but don’t ask us what it entails – the description is beyond cryptic.

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Feb 16
By Matt Gander In Features No Comments

Thanks to featuring some delightfully playful tech, first impressions of this physics-based puzzler are incredibly positive. You’re presented with a sandbox filled entirely with squidgy clay, which can be manipulated by carving into objects, adding new blocks, and deforming surroundings to create slopes and other means of reaching mission objectives.

It’s the small touches that really impress. While under your control, objects (balls, mostly) become grubbier over time, smeared with the traces of whatever surface they’re currently bounding over. Bring the camera in close and you may spot the occasional fingerprint too. To top it all off, many puzzles are centred around a handy rewind feature, which leaves copies – or stamps, as they’re known – of objects left behind in order to fill in gaps and repair structures.

After spending around half an hour creating makeshift staircases out of blocks, carving ravines and gullies for mysterious blue goo to flow into, and reaching waypoints high off the ground – all in the name of clearing objectives off a list – it soon emerges that developer Second Order, a studio formed of just three people, hasn’t put this delightful tech to the best possible use.

That’s to say, what’s on offer here (Claybook is still in early access) doesn’t come remotely close to meeting its potential, feeling like a small slice of something bigger that’s still to come. To call it an elaborate tech demo would be unfair, however – the structure of a typical puzzle game is in place, including a three-star rating system, and each mission is set in its own clay world with different structures and obstacles, with the final stage taking place in a colourful Mexican town.

To elaborate, 17 missions feature in total. Book One is formed of ten missions, including the tutorial and a simplistic time-trial race, while Book Two has seven tougher missions set in a candy realm, two of which are endless races. All missions are ranked against time taken, and in a few instances, the end goals are tricky to reach, making you think carefully about the order in which to tackle things.

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