Don’t feel too blue if you’re being forced to work over the long weekend, as you’ll almost certainly need some extra disposable income for this week’s colossal eShop line-up.
A new 3DS game gets the ball rolling this week. Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (£34.99) sees the often-forgotten Nintendo hero in his first full-price release. It’s a bigger, better, experience from previous games staring the silent mercenary armadillo in an offbeat tower defence/action hybrid with racing elements. If you have Mii characters stored on your Nintendo 3DS they’ll get a chance to shine too, appearing as ‘Amiimals’ in the local town.
The highest review score currently clocks in at 8.5 from Nintendo World Report. “The individual elements might not be all that strong, but together, combined with the pleasant visuals and charming post-apocalyptic style, it’s much more than the sum of its parts,” they said.
Twinfinite was left impressed too, awarding it 4/5 while calling it a “truly unique experience.”
Nintendo Life was slightly less smitten by it though, claiming that “the jump in cost from a £9/$10 game to a full retail release doesn’t feel fully justified.”
“It’s a fun and solid experience, but you might want to give this purchase a little more thought unless you’re already entirely convinced,” they continued, before dishing out a 7/10.
Over on the Switch there’s Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (£8.99), an 8-bit spin-off of the upcoming Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Essentially, it’s a brand new Castlevania. We struggle to find a single critical review, but user reviews are positive thus far. It’s apparently quite similar to Castlevania 3, if that means anything to you.
Runner3 (£23.79) is also generating a buzz, and not just because it features Charles Martinet – the voice of Super Mario. Review scores are slightly mixed, varying from 6/10 to 9/10, but are mostly positive. Destructoid deemed it worthy of an 8.5, complaining only about frequent loading times.
We’re more than familiar with Punch Club (£13.49), putting numerous hours into the Xbox One version. It’s a pixel art boxing RPG, drenched in ‘80s pop culture references. Train up a boxer, enter contests, earn a living wage delivering pizzas, and save the town from a crime spree. It does grow tedious as time goes on, and the fact that your boxer’s stats decrease over time hampers the sense of progression, but ultimately, it’s a neat little game with an addictive streak.
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood (£13.49) meanwhile is a hidden object puzzle adventure that hit the likes of PS4 and Xbox One over a year ago. It seems to be one of the better instalments Artifex Mundi has put out – all five reviews of the Xbox One version on Metacritic are above 80%.
As for new releases, Disco Dodgeball – REMIX (£13.49) has to arrived to a mixed reception. While there is some fun to be had, critics claim that it’s very similar to other neon-hued arena-based sports games that launched during the Rocket League goldrush.
Then there’s Dungeon Rushers (£13.49), a 2D tactical RPG combining dungeon crawler gameplay and turn-based fights. Reviews of the Switch version are slow to surface, but it did gain a 7.0 from PSX Extreme and a 6.8 from The Xbox Tavern. “The biggest problem with Dungeon Rushers falls to how repetitive it can be,” said the latter outlet.
The Switch receives some new demos this week too: Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, Happy Birthdays, One More Dungeon, plus the Mario Tennis Aces – Pre-launch Online Tournament which runs from 15:00 (UK time) on June 1st, right through the weekend until 23:59 (UK time) on June 3rd.