Devolver Digital launched not one but two surprise Switch releases during Gamescom earlier this week â€“ SUPERHOT and Hotline Miami Collection.
For the uninformed, SUPERHOT is an abstract FPS where time only moves when you move. As such, you need to pick your targets carefully while dodging incoming bullets, all while grabbing ammo and weapons from enemies in glorious slow-mo. The campaign is short, lasting around 3-4 hours, but there are a few extras â€“ including ASCII art style mini-games â€“ found within the faux MS-DOS interface.
Nintendo Life handed out an 8/10, calling it â€œmost innovative shooter weâ€™ve played in years.â€
Hotline Miami Collection brings the two grisly pixel art top-down shooters together for the first time on Switch. It has already been yanked from the Switch eShop in Australia, so you know youâ€™re in for a good time.
Double-Fineâ€™s RAD also launched this week. Itâ€™s a post-apocalyptic rogue-like set in a toxic wasteland filled with mutated creatures. Luckily (we guess) youâ€™re able to mutate into different beasts yourself â€“ a mechanic that helps keep tedium at bay.
Reviews are mostly clocking in at 8/10. â€œSometimes youâ€™ll play for minutes and other times for hours â€“ Iâ€™m about eight hours deep so far â€“ but the more time you spend with RAD, the more likely you are to click â€œNew Runâ€ when you finally die,â€ said IGN.
Then we have a duo of retro re-releases – SEGA AGES Space Harrier and SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo. Scores are slightly mixed for Space Harrier, with some critics preferring the 3DS version, while Puyo Puyo has gained praise for its new additions such as online play. Once you pop, etc.
Square-Enix is back with a new JRPG too. ONINAKI is about life, death, and reincarnation, starring Kagachi â€“ a man responsible for guiding souls to the afterlife. Despite a few rough edges and a slight lack of depth to the combat system, it has arrived to a positive reception. Nintendo Enthusiast felt it was deserving of a 9/10 while Nintendo World Report opted for 8/10.
Destructoid wasnâ€™t too impressed, however, dishing out a lukewarm 6/10. â€œI’m emotionally torn onÂ OninakiÂ because there’s so much to like here: it has a lot of great ideas, it just doesn’t execute them all as well as it should,â€ they said.
New Switch eShop releases
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution! – Â£39.99
Build your Deck from over 9,000 cards and take on the most iconic Duelists from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. Relive the stories from the original animated Yu-Gi-Oh! series through Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V and challenge the newest generation of Duelists from the virtual world of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS!
Hotline Miami Collection – Â£22.49
Hotline Miami Collection contains both legendary games in the neon-soaked, brutally-challenging Hotline Miami series from Dennaton Games.
SUPERHOT – Â£17.99
With its unique, stylized graphics SUPERHOT finally adds something new and disruptive to the FPS genre. SUPERHOTâ€™s polished, minimalist visual language helps you focus on what’s most important â€“ the fluid gameplay and the cinematic beauty of the fight.
RAD – Â£15.99
RAD is a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice.
Playing as a teenage protagonist, you must venture into the Fallow â€” an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It is here that you will find the solution to heal the world, and transform the cracked, barren landscape into a lush source of new life.
IN-VERT – Â£4.49
Distinct features of IN-VERT are its hardcore approach to platforming genre with puzzle elements and unique art-direction. Game narrates the story of a lone robot in search of his disappeared master. In his quest to find the long-lost friend, our hero has to conquer two universes at once, relentlessly switching between two dimensions. Be prepared for some tough puzzles, jumping sequences and retro graphics like you’ve never seen before.
ONINAKI – Â£44.99
The new Action-RPG, ONINAKI tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to protect Life, after Death. ONINAKI features exciting hack and slash style battles, with deep customization of your daemons and weapons. Experience unique action gameplay combined with a deep and satisfying story.
Penguin Wars – Â£11.89
Join Riley and his friends on their journey to Gira Gira land. Collect items and earn candy to evolve your favorite character. You can also buy “Gira Skills” that let you learn special moves for each character. You can play one on one, two on two, or even play with different rules such as using bombs and other items against your opponents. Each character has a different skill set so make sure to use and master appropriate characters to help you on your journey.
Invisigun Reloaded – Â£16.29
Risk versus reward guides your journey through the full-length single player campaign and local/online multiplayer. Vigilance is key as environmental tells such as footprints and other disturbances will point out careless cadets. A massive amount of lovingly-made environments, maps, modes, and abilities â€“ all obsessively balanced â€“ combine for high replayability and a deep path to mastery.
Mr Blaster – Â£1.79
This fast-paced, casual game is set in the colorful cosmic environment with incredibly fun ragdoll physics and easy, well-known mechanics – with a twist! Join a space adventure and take aim at your enemy, shoot with precision and dodge their attacks – with random encounters like flying satellites or asteroids making things more interesting!
Path of Sin: Greed – Â£13.49
A rookie inspector on her first assignment and her experienced copartner arrive at the scene â€“ a luxurious island in the middle of the ocean owned by a young millionaire, who wants the matter concluded as quietly as possible. The question in this case appears simple enough: was a security guard’s death a suicidal plunge, or maybe an unfortunate fall?
Milkmaid of the Milky Way – Â£5.49
Experience a story-based puzzle game unlike anything you’ve ever played before! Raved by critics and players around the world, you play as milkmaid Ruth who lives alone on a remote farm in a faraway fjord. Then one day a spaceship arrives and turns Ruth’s life upside down, sending her on a quest that will change her life forever.
SEGA AGES Space Harrier – Â£5.99
Goal: Destroy all enemies. Harrier is in a constant state of motion as he traverses the Fantasy Zone. Can he eliminate all evil, supernatural beasts in order to save Dragon Land? Use your jet laser cannon to shoot while dodging obstacles. Can you beat all stages and reach the end?
SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo- Â£5.99
Return to the game that started the successful Puyo Puyo series, one of the most celebrated games in Japan. Strategically stack Puyos to chain your combos while sending devastating Puyos to hinder your opponent. First to clear the screen wins!
Revived for the Nintendo Switch, experience a new spin on classic Puyo Puyo with online network battles, rankings, and reverse rotate control.
Lines Infinite – Â£1.79
Lines Infinite is a Numberlink-based puzzle game involving finding paths to connect colored tiles in a grid.
Everdark Tower – Â£4.49
Too many games in the dusty shelf waiting to be played? No problem, this pocket-sized RPG provides you an adequate experience! Here you go an adventure packed with emotion and accomplishment!
Snooker 19 – Â£29.99
Play in every officially licensed tournament as any of the top 128 players in the world including: Mark Selby, Ronnie Oâ€™Sullivan, Ding Junhui and legends of the sport like Ken Doherty and Jimmy White.
This is the most authentic simulation of the sport ever created, with TV-style presentation and commentary, true-to-life physics and advanced artificial intelligence.
Mekabolt – Â£4.99
Players take the role of a theme park technician that needs to collect batteries to repair the haywire robots. With your handy Mekabolt, use the out of control robots to your advantage to overcome obstacles and obtain the batteries across 100 puzzle platforming challenges.
Next week: ASTRAL CHAIN, Root Letter: Last Answer, The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors, Decay of Logos, Vambrace: Cold Soul, Heave Ho, Deadlings, ESport Manager, Eight-Minute Empire, Whipseey and the Lost Atlas, Hookbots, AER Memories of Old, Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s, Agent A: A puzzle in disguise, Little Racer, Brunch Club, Grand Brix Shooter, and Bubsy: Paws on Fire!