Hold my beer – TumbleSeed sprouts on Switch

This week’s UK eShop line-up was never going to topple last Friday’s double-whammy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Puyo Puyo Tetris, but it’s still a decent assortment of new titles nevertheless.

IceColdBeer

On the Switch there’s the acclaimed SNK shooter ACA NeoGeo Blazing Star (£6.29) and TumbleSeed (£11.99), a physics-based action game with roguelike elements. It’s also loosely based on an old mechanical arcade game from Tatio known as Ice Cold Beer, in which two joysticks are used to manoeuvre a slanted platform while balancing a rolling ball.

Replace those two joysticks with two JoyCons, and you have a perfect fit for the Switch. The Guardian was left mightily impressed, awarding it top marks earlier this week. “Nintendo Switch owners should immediately add TumbleSeed to their collection. This mid-priced roguelike is available for PC, Mac and PS4, but both its aesthetic and its core mechanic fit particularly well on the Switch, especially in portable mode,” they said.

A demo of the retro revamp Blaster Master Zero also hits Switch this week, just in time for the new GunVolt extra playable character DLC (free until 18th May, £1.79 thereafter).

Citadale - The Legends Trilogy

The Wii U gets a look-in too, with three new releases. Citadale – The Legends Trilogy (£7.25) is clearly influenced by Konami’s now sadly dormant Castlevania series, FIFTEEN is the latest low-budget (£1.39) mini-game from RCMADIAX, while Triple Breakout (£4.99) blends Pong and…Breakout.

Then on 3DS there’s a demo of Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas, an inexpensive (£3.99) graphic adventure. A trailer can be found here.

As for discounts, games due a price drop on Wii U include Bit Dungeon+, Ice Cream Surfer, Midnight 2 and Word Puzzles by POWGI. 3DS owners meanwhile can grab Pinball Breakout, Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails and the Kutar mini-game series on the cheap.

Next week: Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition.

Ice Cold Beer image courtesy of Arcade Crusade.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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