Launching on Nintendo Switch later this month is Bookbound Brigade, a side-scrolling action-platformer starring a cast of historical figures both real and fictional.

Described as a "literary Metroidvania", Bookbound Brigade has you taking charge of a team which includes the likes of King Arthur, The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale, Dracula, Queen Victoria, and more. You'll need to harness each character's special abilities to defeat enemies, overcome obstacles, and master their formation-swapping movements to progress.

To get you in the spirit of things, here's an official description for you to read:

When the Book of Books, a mystical tome housing every word ever written, goes missing, trouble befalls the Literary World. Without the all-powerful Book, history’s greatest heroes and fiction’s most beloved characters will blink out of existence. Faced with this terrible fate, eight champions band together with one mission: retrieve the Book of Books before it’s too late. Known as the Bookbound Brigade, the heroes band together to search for the magnum opus.

Explore five sprawling, hand-drawn worlds evoking classic settings from acclaimed works of fiction. Engage with more than 50 non-playable characters ripped from chronicles and classics, undertaking sidequests to gain upgrades and experience to assist the Bookbound Brigade’s quest. Search for secrets, lost artifacts, and clues to unravel the fate of the Book of Books on an unforgettable journey set to an orchestral soundtrack imbued with an adventurous spirit.

The game is scheduled to launch on Switch and other platforms on 30th January, where it'll be priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £17.99 / $30.00 AUD.

Worth keeping an eye on, do you think? Moving all of the characters together as a group sure puts an interesting, quirky spin on things. Here's a quick look at its gameplay:

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