Launching later this week on Nintendo Switch is Trancelation, a game that aims to expand your language skills and vocabulary in a arcade-like setting. You'll be able to grab it starting from this Friday, and there's a pretty special bonus in place for those who do.
Let's quickly discuss what the game's all about first. Trancelation has players exploring colourful, ever-changing neon worlds while simultaneously challenging them to associate and memorise new words from a language of their choice. It's designed to make mastering new words "feel like going out clubbing and staying in to play video games at the same time", essentially hoping to make learning more fun than it would usually be.
It's launching on 13th March with a temporary 30% discount in place, making it $6.99 / 6.99€ / £6.29. For some, that might be more than worth it already, but publisher Baltoro Games has revealed that early buyers will be given four free Switch games as thanks for picking it up. From launch until 16th March at 9am PT / 2pm GMT, owners of Trancelation will be able to download the following games for free:
- Freecell Solitaire DX is a premium rendition of the classic card game with beautiful graphics and relaxing music.
- Pizza Bar Tycoon lets you try your luck as a restaurant owner. A part of our fan-favourite cooking tycoons series.
- 2048 Battles puts a multi-player competitive twist on the classic puzzle game mechanics and completes the mix with awesome visuals.
- Flowlines VS is an addictive puzzle with a multitude of levels and fun multi-player mode.
So, a 30% discount and four free games? It's pretty hard to complain at that, right?
Are you tempted by the offer? Would you like to see other publishers take note and offer similar deals in the future? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Even Qubic had better free games. All of this looks like hot garbage.
The game itself looks maybe alright but honestly, those free games just put me off.
Uh, no thanks. I'll pass.
Free games should be an incentive, not a deterrent.
"It's pretty hard to complain at that, right?"
But money isn't my problem, quality time is!
I don't see how I'd be having a great time with these titles. -_-
The language learning game sounds interesting though - I'll watch a youtube video on it.
free equals quality every time! These are some sure hits!
@RupeeClock I laughed way too hard at that comment
"Free games? Eww, god no. No."
These are still expensive at $0.
@RupeeClock Have to say, those free games look so bad that they make the game they are supporting look even worse. They shouldn't have bothered offering them.
Nothing is free if you have to pay to get them.
Anyway. If Freecell Solitaire were the Deluxe Edition i would have given it a thought.
@UmbrageHill qubic has some really good free games.
Alot of fun mini games and a main game that looks decent for almost Nothing. A must buy 😊
I love 2048, anyone know why this version review score is so poor?
Anyway, this game seems good, but what languages are there on offer?
@LavaTwilight I was just about to ask the same question. Can't find any details on the Publisher's or Developer's website. Interestingly, I did find it on Steam & apparently you can import your own vocabulary lists from any language.
My guess is that it tries to put a spin on the classic 2048 game, but ends up failing to add anything meaningful.
No offense to the developer, but these don't look like they're worth downloading for free.
I have a confession... I want to play solitare on my Switch, but I also don't feel like it's worth throwing much money at, and I don't want a 10-in-1 sort of deal. You all may scoff, but I think I just found a loophole to my dilemma.
I'm intrigued by the idea of this game. I'm definitely going to find out more about it. I know everyone is poo pooing on the games that they are throwing in, but I like the idea. If I end up deciding to get Trancelation, Solitaire and 2048 would be nice little extras to have.
@Desrever I have the game ‘Klondike Solitaire’ (yeah it’s just called that) by this publisher, Baltoro Games. It’s really nice and there’s lots of things to unlock, so that gives incentive to play.
The same developer also has separate entries for freecell (offered here) and spider, in case you prefer one or the other.
I wonder what languages are available to learn, and if the game is actually any good at teaching you a new language... I don't think this will be able to make you speak another language all that well.
I was learning Italian quite extensively and this will be very useful to make all the words click faster in my head, so I will probably get this. Not sure I'll bither with those free games, though.
No discount in Russian eShop yet, but if the percentage applies, it should be... still more than I plan to spend until next payday or even April, especially after just investing the same sum into Radiant Historia (80% off said Atlus classic till Thursday - this is not a drill). And I already have two of the offered bonus games, too (one of them in from a relatively recent giveaway bundle, in fact - IIRC I bought Flowlines VS specifically to board that "Cooking Tycoons" train in time). But props for the gesture anyway.
Gotta say, I hope the developers don't read comments sections like these. I understand all of you and feel the same way. I'm not interested in the other games, but man... this would depress me if I made these games. Maybe I should see it from a more distanced business point of view though.
Correction: Flow Lines looks kinda nice to me.
Mirroring everyone else's thoughts here...Trancelation actually looks kind of interesting, but the rest seem so bland they ought to pay us to play them. They could have just stopped at introducing the main game.
I don't think people in the business of making a Solitaire game (actually 3 of them! That you have to pay for!) for an actual console have strong feelings about it that we're going to hurt.
They know they're scraping the bottom of the barrel to try to scum an easy dollar.
In almost any programming language you can build a Solitaire game in 1 minute by literally copying and pasting code from the internet.
None of these games seem the least bit interesting.
I highly suspect that the developers overestimated the supposed value of these free games as an incentive for people to buy this game, or else it probably got lost in trancelation...
@RupeeClock And the award for funniest comment in this thread so far goes to...
I'm more interested in Freecell Solitaire and Pizza Bar Tycoon than the "main attraction", so to speak, but I suspect that Pizza Bar Tycoon is a cheap and nasty Cake Mania-style time attack game as opposed to a restaurant simulation (which would certainly get my attention).
I'll consider whether Pizza Bar Tycoon/Solitaire is worth about AU$10, but I would think not.
I've been doing Duolingo (Spanish) for about four years, so this game looks like it could be a fun little supplement. The freebies are neither must-haves nor deal breakers for me, but a nice gesture all the same.
@Silly_G you can find gameplay of the pizza game on YouTube. It doesn't look particularly good. It's weirdly silent too.
Their solitaire game engine is quite solid though, so if you're interested in those I'd say go for it. No need for the extra fluff.
@Eel : I'm sure I've checked out screenshots/footage of their other "tycoon"/business games via the eShop, and the fact that I hadn't bought any of them should speak volumes.
With that in mind, I'm not paying $10 purely for Solitaire lol. I think I'll just stick to Klondike via Devilish Brain Training on 3DS instead. It would have been nice if they had included it in Brain Training for Switch, but I already spend way too much time playing that (I've already clocked in 60 hours o.O).
@Silly_G is the solitaire game alone 10 dollars? I remember paying more like 5 for Klondike
Actually I checked and it seems they're on sale right now
@Eel : What I meant is, if I'm going to pay around AU$10 for Trancelation and the four bonus games with the intent to only play Solitaire, then I would rather pass. AU$10 for a decent pizzeria sim and solitaire would have been a sweet deal, but if Pizza Bar Tycoon is garbage, then I'd rather pass altogether. I paid less than $5 for DOOM 3, and while that won't be the metric by which I scrutinise the value of eShop games moving forward, I can't justify paying $10 if the other four Baltoro titles aren't worth my time.
@Silly_G oh yeah, that's what I meant by "no need for the extra fluff". If you're interested in one cheap game, don't buy an expensive one to get it for free. Just get the cheap game.
@N64-ROX Yeah i think you might be right. I sure hope so. Thank you for the helpful reply man!
Street basketball is free on the na eshop right now as well
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