Hello dear readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade roundup for December 2, 2022. So today turned out to be a little quieter than the usual Friday. It was so quiet, in fact, that I decided to write some reviews. The Witch Knight, Railboundand Donut Dodo to be reviewed today, after which we’ll head over to the new release summaries for the latest games. We’re wrapping things up with the usual new and outgoing sales listings, though they’re rather smaller than you’d expect for a Friday. Guess we’re really on the other side of Black Friday now. Let’s go!
The Witch Knight ($19.99)
I would forgive anyone for being a little tired of Metroidvania-style games at this point. A genre whose entries were once as hard to come by as musgravite has become one of the most awash in recent years, so you could only spend your time with the best of the best while still having a stack of dozens of deep games. The witch knight tries to shake things up by crossing its fundamental Metroidvania structure with a loose bullet shooter. It works surprisingly well.
After playing the prologue, you’re introduced to the game’s main character, a Knight Witch-in-training named Rayne. After her home is unexpectedly attacked by golems, she sets out to save her husband and the rest of her people while possibly saving the world along the way. As a Knight Witch, Rayne can fly freely, direct magic fire in any direction, and use special Spell Cards to cast powerful spells. You can choose which Spell Cards you want to equip from your current collection, and they will appear in turn as you use them.
Rayne’s maneuverability means you don’t have to worry too much about platforming in this game, but you’ll be more than busy dodging bullets, enemies, and other dangers as you make your way through the world of game. You can use the second stick to direct your shots, but Rayne will also do a pretty good job of auto-targeting if you’re too busy to care. He’s in control well, which is great because things can get really intense in a hurry. Boss fights are absolute hell, and not in a bad way. The story is gripping, and the world is interesting to explore even if it’s a little too linear for my taste.
The witch knight is a very well-made game that takes two very different genres and ties them together quite successfully. You really have to be into both Metroidvania-style games and hellish shooters to get into this one, but if you can tick both of those boxes without thinking too much, then it’s a slam-dunk pickup. . It’s not the longest of games, but it’s certainly quite satisfying thanks to its solid gameplay and charming presentation.
SwitchArcade Rating: 4/5
Although I’ve played thousands of games in my life, it’s amazing how easily I can get sucked into a simple puzzle game if all the pieces are put together properly. And yes, that’s what Railway Is. A simple setup: lay the tracks and manipulate them so that the different train cars connect to the engine in the correct order when you press “go”. The game takes a few levels to walk you through its basic mechanics with just one car, then introduces a second car and starts to turn up the heat a bit. At the end of the game’s over one hundred and fifty stages, you’re dealing with multiple cars, various gadgets, tight limits on track pieces, and more. Sometimes you have more track pieces than you need, and that throws another wrench in the works.
If you like logic puzzles, you’ll probably have a great time with it. Railway. It’s a very focused game, but it has enough twists and turns to keep things fresh through its rather generous number of stages. The striking cartoon-style art and little sounds of everything clacking together when you do it right only add to the sheer amount of personality in the game. is nice to sit down and get by when you have a spare hour or two.
SwitchArcade Rating: 4/5
Dodo Donut ($4.99)
While they certainly had their time in the sun in the 1980s, single-screen action games fell into disuse somewhere along the line. The whole “bigger is better” philosophy that we see so often in games, I guess. But I think if the history of the hobby has proven anything, limitations can often bring magical results. That’s why I was happy to see this type of game making little comebacks here and there via the indie scene and mobile gaming. At the same time, these games sometimes felt a little too derivative or simple. Donut Dodo is one of the latest kicks at this box, and I find he does a good job of charting his own path with considerable confidence.
It ends up looking a bit like a link between the beginning donkey kong– sizeable and more substantial efforts Bubble Bobble-like business. Like the first, you have a fairly small number of steps to manage. Just five, in fact. But they are all very distinct from each other. Production values and gameplay are inspired by more advanced examples of the genre, with your main character being very nimble and responsive as he smashes his way through the brightly colored obstacle courses. There is a bit of depth in the score which seems to be inspired by BombJack in which you must grab the flashing donuts in order to max out your score, which adds a welcome extra layer of challenge.
While the small number of steps means there’s not a whole ton to see here, Donut Dodo features a few different game modes, each with their own leaderboards to challenge. Unfortunately, despite what the eShop description seems to indicate, these leaderboards are local only. Still, trying to increase your scores in each of the modes adds a bit of longevity to the proceedings. More importantly, it’s just a very enjoyable game to play. You don’t really need a lot of extra toppings if a game is that good, and Donut Dodo Is. That said, there are a few options here for tweaking things like the game display. All very welcome in terms of being able to define just how much of an old-school experience you want.
Like a donut, Donut Dodo is a small, sweet confection that you’ll probably chew in just a few bites. But the delicious taste will have you returning to the box for another, and you’ll likely be coming back for more here and there as you go about your other business. Considering the very reasonable price, this arcade-that-was-not is more than a fair pick-up for those pining for 80s daytime quarterbacks.
SwitchArcade Rating: 4/5
Ultimate Siralim ($19.99)
Earlier this year, the latest Siralim mobile hit game. And here it is on Nintendo Switch! If you have played any of Siralim games before, you know what to expect here. If not, this is an extremely deep monster-collecting RPG. There are over 1200 creatures you can collect, and there’s a fusion system somewhat similar to the Shin Megami Tensei Games. I’ll do a full review of this one soon, but as long as you don’t mind the style of the visuals, there’s a lot to like here for monster RPG fans.
Super Kiwi 64 ($2.99)
Here’s the latest from Diplodocus Games, a developer that I think consistently underestimates its work. I’m afraid it will happen again with this cute little eight-level 3D platformer ode to the days of Nintendo 64. Use a variety of abilities to tackle stages in any order you choose, tracking down secrets and passing simply a good time browsing through the decently sized environments. A great way to spend a few dollars today.
Fearless Izzy ($10.99)
An action platformer with beat-em-up style action to dispatch your enemies, Fearless Izzy sees you using a variety of costumes and their unique abilities to fight your way through reasonably large levels in order to save the world from an evil genie or something. It also has a pretty strong soundtrack. I’ll have a review of this one early next week, but I’ve quite enjoyed what I’ve played so far.
Silver Nornir ($14.99)
Wow, that brings back memories. It was the last KEMCO game released on iOS before I was hired at TouchArcade. It dates back to 2013 and is a product of developer WorldWideSoftware. I wonder what happened to them? Either way, it’s a fairly generic RPG, but the story has a little more work to it than we tend to see with, say, the EXE-Create stuff. It takes place in a world that has already been destroyed twice by a great calamity, and you try to prevent it from being destroyed a third time. You can find it cheaper on mobile, as usual. It’s been a while since I’ve played this one, but I remember it being decent by KEMCO standards.
Sakura Succubus 6 ($9.99)
This is the sixth in this series now and you probably know more than how the Succubus Sakura visual novel series is working now. The premise this time is that you go to a fictional European country and the princess falls in love with you. Make choices and try to find a happy ending. You don’t need me to tell you if it’s for you or not.
(North American online store, US prices)
I think this is the smallest Friday sales list we’ve seen in a long time. I guess it’s because Cyber Deals sales continue until Monday. Don’t forget them, by the way. The next time we see each other here, it will be too late. Not too interesting in today’s new sales, and the outbox is… well, that’s two games. Look at those Cyber Deals again, I guess?
Select New games on sale
Secrets of light and shadow ($12.00 from $15.00 until 12/15)
AVICII Invector ($7.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
SkateBIRD ($5.99 from $19.99 until 12/16)
Destruction ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/16)
The fox is waiting for me ($8.99 from $44.99 until 12/16)
Forward to the sky ($9.79 from $48.99 until 12/16)
sea king hunter ($1.99 from $9.99 until 12/16)
Cyber Velocity Run ($3.99 from $7.99 until 12/16)
Gunborg: Dark Questions ($7.49 from $14.99 until 12/16)
Zumatch ($2.39 from $5.99 until 12/19)
House of the Dead Remake ($19.99 from $24.99 until 12/22)
Suicide Guy collection ($2.96 from $10.99 until 12/22)
Railway Empire ($19.99 from $39.99 until 12/22)
monkey barrels ($7.49 from $14.99 until 12/22)
Kuukiyomi Consider it ($2.49 from $4.99 until 12/22)
End of sales this weekend
even if Storm ($42.49 from $49.99 until 12/3)
kings of paradise ($12.49 from $24.99 until 12/3)
That’s all for today and this week, my friends. We’ll be back next week with more new releases, more sales, more reviews, more news, and maybe some year in review type stuff. I hope you’re all having a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!