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    Review Runner3

    Run, run, as fast as you can

    Unless you’ve had experience of the BIT.TRIP games previously, you’d be forgiven for thinking Runner3 is a platform game; Commander Video and his pink lady friend counterpart both jump, kick and slide their way through obstacle-laden courses. So on the surface it looks that way and through a certain pick up in...

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    Review Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

    A little bit Maw

    Bestowed with a disquieting atmosphere and visual imagination, Little Nightmares makes a terrific first impression. A side-on platform-puzzler in the vein of Playdead’s exceptional Limbo and Inside - with a similarly dark palette - the game casts the player as Six, a nine-year-old girl who must navigate her way from the depths of...

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    Review Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

    Third time's the charm

    When Nintendo first unveiled Hyrule Warriors, people didn’t exactly know what to expect. The company had seldom handed over the keys to one of its cornerstone franchises before, and the proposed concept was odd, to say the least. The final product was an enjoyable (if flawed) experience, and over the years since release,...

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    Review Super Chariot

    Put your back into it

    The King is dead. Long live the King! His ghost, however... a bit of a loud mouth braggart. He will not be shutting up until his final request is granted: bury his coffin in a suitable catacomb filled with riches. After some wheels get attached to his coffin, it is up the Princess to push and pull the titular 'chariot' along...

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    Review Battle Chasers: Nightwar

    Mana up

    Seven months after arriving on other platforms, and nearly three years after its Kickstarter success, Battle Chasers: Nightwar finally brings its brand of classic turn-based combat to your favourite ‘homeheld’ console. While this is firmly in the JRPG mold, it streamlines features and makes life easier for busy gamers who lack the time...

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    Review Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit

    Robot rock

    Nintendo is clearly in for the long haul when it comes to Labo. The first pack – dubbed the 'Variety Kit'  – is all about exploring the possibilities of Labo via a range of different 'Toy-Con' builds; it's an effective demonstration of just how versatile this system is, even if the resultant flood of cardboard contraptions...

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    Review Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Bogus, or bodacious?

    Platformers aren’t quite what they once were; whether they’re 3D or 2D we’ve had a bit of a mini-renaissance with them in recent years, but they hold nowhere near the draw that they did in the '80s and '90s. What a shame then that one of the best and most polished games of the genre happened to not only launch after these...

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    Review Wild Guns Reloaded

    Welcome to Westworld!

    Back in 1994, Natsume delivered the definitive ‘shooting gallery’ shmup made famous in previous years by the likes of Neo Geo NAM-1975 and TAD’s Cabal. Sadly, a limited number of copies coupled with being a late generation SNES game meant that a lot of people missed out on this slice of space western action. Add in some...

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    Review Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit

    A toybox like no other

    Editor's Note: We reviewed the Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit and other Labo kits individually — if you like the sound of this first kit, check out our verdicts on the Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit, the Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit and the Toy-Con 04: VR Kit. As unusual and ‘out there’ as its concept appears, Nintendo Labo is perhaps the...

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    Review South Park: The Fractured But Whole

    It’s super cereal

    Nintendo Switch is hardly wanting when it comes to turn-based RPGs. In fact, it’s positively teeming with them, so South Park: The Fractured But Whole finds itself having to prove its existence on two very different fronts. It has to be both a worthy sequel to 2014’s brilliant The Stick of Truth and show its handheld...

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    Review Gal*Gun 2


    If you’re already a fan of the Gal*Gun series then you’ll likely have a pretty firm idea of what this game is all about; if you’re not, you’ll still probably have a pretty good idea based on the screenshots and artwork currently covering this page. Gal*Gun 2 is actually the fourth entry in this fantasy, over-the-top world, with a...

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    Review Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists And The Mysterious Paintings

    Wrapping up the trilogy

    Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the final entry of the Atelier ‘Mysterious’ trilogy, and actually happens to be the first main-series Atelier game to appear on a Nintendo console. We’ve seen various side games hit Nintendo’s handheld consoles, dating way back to the Game Boy...

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    Review Urban Trial Playground

    Easy riding

    Both the original Urban Trial Freestyle and last year's stunt bike sequel managed to stick their landings on 3DS, though it's fair to say that neither game really attempted any outrageous stunts. At first glance, developer Teyon seems to have declined the opportunity to try something a little more gnarly with Switch exclusive Urban Trial...

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    Review Penny-Punching Princess

    Money makes the world go ‘round

    Imagine a world where money is at the centre of everything we do, where the rich prosper and the poor suffer. Imagine a world where a handful of cash can bribe you into, or out of, certain situations, where – hang on a minute. Yes, Penny-Punching Princess revolves around the idea of money ruling pretty much...

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    Review Attack On Titan 2

    Slaying on the shoulders of giants

    If the recent barrage of Dragon Ball games has taught us anything, it’s that games based on popular anime/manga are at their very best when they embrace their source material with the passion of an obsessive cosplayer. Fans aren’t just clamouring for stories set in those familiar worlds; they want the stories...

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    Review Kirby Star Allies

    Allies assemble!

    The core Kirby series has seen something of a revival in recent years, after a long period of interesting yet different spin-off titles taking the main spotlight. Starting off with Kirby’s Return To Dreamland, this new era of mainline Kirby games has taken on a character of its own; almost standing apart as a distinct sub series...

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    Review Scribblenauts: Showdown

    Pure (un)imagination

    Ever since the series first debuted on DS back in 2009, Scribblenauts has offered something few games ever could: an experience limited only by the boundaries of your own imagination. Even up to Scribblenauts Unlimited on Wii U in 2012, the antics of Maxwell and his magical notepad have remained fresh and bubbling with...

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    Review PAYDAY 2

    Thick as thieves

    Much like the armed robbers of its heist-happy world, PAYDAY 2 rarely strays from the blueprint of its criminal lifestyle. Case the joint in question, scope out the vault, note the security, return with masks and guns in tow, drill some safes, shoot a small country’s worth of cops to death and escape. The location may change, the...

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    Review Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame

    Riding hard or hardly riding?

    Like the name indicates this is the officially licensed game for Monster Energy Supercross so if you happen to be a fan of the sport feel free to bump the final score by one whole point since you will probably get more out of this one than the average Switch owner. The game does a good job portraying racers, bikes and...

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    Review Bayonetta 2

    The shadow remains cast!

    While Wii U has ultimately become little more than a benchmark for Nintendo Switch sales to surpass, the experimental pit stop between Wii and Nintendo’s hybrid handheld still had a handful of must-have games. Bayonetta 2 sits proudly at the top of that list, and now the bold and brazen action-adventure breaks the...

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    Review Dragon Quest Builders

    Crafting your own destiny

    Having spent plenty of time questing, building and defending its virtual settlements on myriad other platforms - including fellow portable, PlayStation Vita - Dragon Quest Builders has finally brought its masonry wares to Nintendo Switch. Question is, can Square-Enix’s genre mashup add anything new to the handheld’s...

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    Review The Longest Five Minutes

    Is it worth your time?

    The Longest Five Minutes has one of the most interesting concepts we’ve seen from an RPG in some time. Starting immediately at the final boss battle, the game’s almost cringefully named protagonist ‘Flash Back’ has no memory of why he is suddenly fighting the Demon King, or even who any of his friends and allies are...

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    Review 10 Second Run Returns

    Do the running man

    Long before Nintendo Switch swaggered into our lives with its eShop bursting at the seams, there was a little thing called the Nintendo DSi. It was Ninty’s first foray into the world of proper online connectivity in handheld form and with it came the DSi Shop, delivering a slew of digital delights (and a fair few stinkers). One...

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    Review Lost Sphear

    Lost and found

    By this point in time, JRPGs have come quite a long way since their humble beginnings, and it seems like every new release is trying to find a way to reinvent the wheel once more with a flashy new battle system or premise. Even so, there’s a certain kind of charm to the relative simplicity of early JRPGs, and that’s what Tokyo RPG...

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    Review Tales Of The Tiny Planet

    Can we adopt one?

    Tales Of The Tiny Planet is one of a number of games that have arrived on Switch from the mobile gaming world; by taking games that have found success on those devices, and then adding some new elements or generally sprucing things up a little, we’ve been treated to some very welcome ports indeed. While not every one of these...

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    Review Stern Pinball Arcade

    A classic experience

    Stern Pinball Arcade for the Switch eShop prides itself on authenticity. The company Stern - as featured in the title's name - was founded in 1977, plying its trade as a pinball and arcade video game manufacturer.  As the most experienced and largest producer of real pinball machines to this day, the publisher and developer...

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    Review Party Planet

    Pass the Joy-Con

    The holidays are fast approaching and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll likely end up being thrown into some form of endearingly awkward family gathering wishing that there was something fun to do as everyone starts to fall asleep. Party Planet aims to shine in this very situation; a collection of mini-games that can be played...

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    Review Super Putty Squad

    Super name, average game

    In 2013 an updated Putty Squad arrived on modern systems (3DS version in 2014) and this is now available on Switch, slightly re-titled as Super Putty Squad for reasons unknown. You control a stretchy blue blob and employ various abilities in this platformer as you navigate the stages collecting all the red blobs to...

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    Review Syberia 2

    Snow Joke

    While the first Syberia game may have arrived on the Nintendo Switch a full fourteen (ish) years after its initial PC release, its point and click legacy has no doubt been felt since, and there have been a few decent modern examples - such as Thimbleweed Park and Violett - on Nintendo's hybrid system. Not to be outdone, the second...

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    Review The End Is Nigh

    It's the end of the world as we know it

    Balancing the difficulty in a platform game is a fine art. Even though the genre has pretty-much existed since the inception of modern video games, developers are still often guilty of not providing enough of a challenge or making levels almost impossible to complete. Even in recent times, only a select few...