SteamWorld Dig (Switch) Review

The Good, the Bad, and the Rusty

Hot off the releases of SteamWorld Dig 2 and SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition, Image & Form Games is one step closer to its SteamWorld takeover with the Nintendo Switch port of SteamWorld Dig. It’s a straight no-frills HD rerelease of the original 2013 title, but I still dig the mining adventure’s gameplay.

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Yooka-Laylee (Switch) Review

A Banjo-Kazooie Rare-vival!

Back in the Nintendo 64 era, 3D platformers represented the wave of the future. No longer confined to two dimensions, cute mascot characters ran amok through large, sprawling worlds. Lately, 3D platforming has taken a backseat. But Playtonic Games, composed of ex-Rare developers, were eager to revive the genre when it Kickstarted Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to the team’s Banjo-Kazooie series. Replacing the famous bear-and-bird duo with a chameleon-and-bat team, and featuring huge colorful worlds with googly-eyed characters, the game is more than a throwback; it’s a love letter.

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World to the West (Switch) Review

Go West, Young Travelers

World to the West is a follow up to Rain Games’ first game Teslagrad, and is even set in the same universe. These two games couldn’t be further apart, though. While Teslagrad was a Metroidvania-inspired puzzle platformer, World to the West is a top-down adventure game reminiscent of titles like The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana. Its unique draw lies in its four playable characters, all of whom explore the world in diverse ways.

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Teslagrad (Switch) Review

Polarized Platforming

Teslagrad opens on a rainy night with a young boy running through the rooftops of a European town. Following a fluidly animated playable chase sequence, our protagonist reaches a massive tower harboring the history of his country and the powers of magnetism. Developer Rain Games’ title has all the inner workings of what makes a great indie platformer – a somewhat non-linear Metroidvania structure, environmental puzzles that build off a core mechanic, and a plot that you must unfurl on your own. For the most part, the elements effectively work together, but some physics issues mar the experience.

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Pic-a-Pix Deluxe (Switch) Review

Picross…in Color!

Puzzle fans may be familiar with Picross, a type of brainteaser in which you use numerical clues to complete a picture crossword. These paint by numbers puzzles have been adapted to video game format and popularized thanks to Nintendo’s long-running Picross series. Lightwood Games’ Pic-a-Pix Deluxe takes the formula and implements one big element: color. This single change adds another dimension to each picture crossword.

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