Brawlout, the new fighting game from Angry Mob Games, debuted on the Switch on December 19th, 2017. The game has been heavily compared to Nintendo’s own Super Smash Bros franchise. The comparisons between the two games are very clear. The developers are clearly fans and have mirrored the things they loved about the franchise. The games are not identical though.Brawlout draws inspiration from a few previous fighting games, but creates one that is all their own. The game has several different modes, stages and unlockables. It also has online functionality, so you can play with friends all over the world. So, how did this game stack up? Let’s dive in!
Stick it to the Man is a charming platformer-puzzle adventure developed by Zoink Games. It was originally released in 2013 on Steam. The game involves reading the minds of citizens in this fictional city and attaching stickers to solve puzzles. The game originally reminded me of a Nickelodeon version of Paper Mario. The characters are 2D and made of paper, but the world is dark and twisted. I had never heard of the game prior to playing it, so I went into this with no expectations. How did the game fare?
Rocket League is a gaming phenomenon originally released for PS4 and Windows back in 2015. It has since been ported to Xbox, OS X, Linux and now, the Nintendo Switch. It has become a staple game for eSports and also a cross-platform pastime. This is a huge release for the Switch as Rocket League has 25 million players and has surpassed over 1 billion matches. I, for one, was very excited about this release. Rocket League is a huge third party title and great for a holiday release. How did it fare?
Violett, developed by Forever Entertainment, was originally released in 2013 as a mobile. The game has since been remastered and ported onto the Nintendo Switch. The game is suggested to be played utilizing the Switch’s touchscreen capabilities. However, the controls have been adjusted to accommodate docked mode as well. This point and click adventure has some very unique puzzles that will rattle your brain. I decided to respect the developers and play this game in handheld mode only and jab the screen to completion.
Nicalis’ Ittle Dew 2+, a follow up to 2013’s Ittle Dew, is an open world adventure with tons to see. Ittle and her pal Tippsie crash on a little island and must explore to repair their raft. This game is directly inspired from the earlier 2D, top down style Legend of Zelda games. The game was originally released in late 2016 on other platforms. The game is dripping with charm and adventure. Developers Ludosity Interactive have done a great job creating a smooth and compete package. I had never played the first game, so I was excited to download the title and begin playing!
When Sonic Forces was first announced back in July of 2016, a lot of fans were excited. After the abysmal release of Sonic Boom, Sega announced that they were reshuffling their business and adjusting their corporate strategy. This left fans hopeful the next Sonic endeavor would be on par with the original games or the likes of Sonic Adventure.