In Tidbits we cover games that are difficult to cover in our regular review template. In this Tidbits we review Nintendo Switch Sports, Vampire Survivors and Peglin.
Nintendo Switch Sports | 70% – We all know the hype that was Wii Sports because it was a top-selling console and the game came bundled with your device. And now we have a new entry in the series on the massively popular Nintendo Switch, the question is: will people spend their hard-earned money on it? I’ve tried the game for about 3 hours over the weekend, together with my 7yo daughter and we both agreed that while it was fun for a while, you don’t really have a lot of incentive to play each sport more than one or twice. We wanted to try them all, but for that reason, it felt more like we were trying out a glorified tech demo, showcasing the already know capabilities of the JoyCon motion sensors. Added to this is that a lot of unlocks are gated off in the single player experience and you’ll have to compete online to get outfits that aren’t even all that special. Is it still worth it? Only if you’re really into multiplayer and competitive games and get a kick out of proving you’re better than others. I’ll maybe go back to the badmintong or soccer mini-games a few times, but I don’t see myself spending a lot of hours in the game, despite it all working well technically. (Written by Robby)
Vampire Survivors | 80% – Here’s a game I didn’t think I’d like as much as I ended up doing: The basic concept op Vampire Survivors is so simple, I though I’d get tired of the main gameplay loop a lot quicker than I did. It’s basically a roguelike where your character attacks automatically and all you have to do is walk around and dodge enemies, but the Castlevania-like enemies and abilities make it super addictive and satisfying. You have different characters to choose from, as well as various levels to walk around on, each with their own enemy types, and then it’s a matter of building a great loadout of automic-firing abilities. By the end of a run, there will be more enemies and projectiles on screen than you can count, but it’s an absolute blast to play and that “one more run” sensation is ever present. For the tiny asking price, you’re likely getting a ton of fun out of this title. I’ll definitely be back for more and I’m already hoping to see an xbox version someday so I can have the achievements as extra motivation to return. (Written by Robby)
Peglin | 89% – The concept of Peglin is brilliant: mix in pachinko (or Peggle if you prefer) gameplay with roguelike and RPG elements and you get a combination that is massively addictive. You play as a small goblin with a bag of rocks that you throw down a board with pegs to hit. Each peg adds damage that will be sent flying at the next enemy in line, but to spice things up there are special multiplier pegs, pegs that refresh the board, bombs that deal damage to all enemies and special balls that you can earn or upgrade to increase your chances of making it to the end. And you’ll need a hefty dose of luck to even beat the first few bosses because they hit hard and have a ton of HP. Nevertheless, each defeat will quickly be followed by a new attempt because this is just one of those games that are impossible to put down. A playsession can be as short as a few minutes or last a few hours, depening on how far you get. It also helps that it has a simple but cute pixel style that I can really appreciate. (Written by Robby)
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