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Flat fun with Nindies

A.J. Maciejewski

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It's awesome that 2D games are as popular as ever and I've been playing quite a few lately so here are 7 new 2D indies for Switch.

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3000th Duel Review Switch ★★★★☆

You don't see many 2D Metroidvanias with Souls-like elements but 3000th Duel is here to prove that the genre is capable of a lot. v1d30chumz 3-236-65-63

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3000th Duel is a top-notch Souls-like Metroidvania

I didn't quite know what to expect before playing 3000th Duel. Its blend of 3D visuals and 2D gameplay definitely intrigued me, though. After playing it for a while and besting a few of its bosses, I must say that I'm very impressed. The way the character moves and attacks is very deliberate and it reminded me a lot of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. However, this is much more difficult, especially the boss fights. Speaking of which, they are reminiscent of Mega Man seeing as memorizing their patterns is the key to success. You can also grind to level up and acquire stronger gear if you'd like to have more of an upper-hand. Some areas can be a little tedious and the fact that there are only a few weapon types is a bit disappointing but it's still a fantastic and challenging Metroidvania that I highly recommend.

Slowly progressing through 3000th Duel's intricate world makes for a supremely rewarding adventure; a must-play for Metroidvania fans.

3000th Duel gameplay video → Similar game: Salt and Sanctuary

Kunai Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here we have a Metroidvania on the cute side of the equation where you control a tablet ninja warrior. Let's check it out!

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Kunai looks like a higher quality Game Boy game and it plays even better

Kunai is a strange yet endearing game. Humankind is on the brink of extinction due to a robot invasion so you go on a journey to save the world as the hero Tabby. You play by running around, jumping, attacking, and using the shoulder triggers to throw kunais which double as grappling hooks that allow you to swing from certain ceilings and latch onto walls. The resulting gameplay is tight, action-packed, and exciting. There are a few annoying parts such as a lost woods area but it's an overall memorable and charming adventure. As you play, you'll collect a variety of hats that make Tabby look even sillier as he constantly changes his facial expressions. The graphics and music are fitting for a retro-inspired journey, too. In the end, it's a solid and thoroughly enjoyable Metroidvania.

From its charming visuals to its smooth action-packed gameplay, Kunai is a fittingly sharp and enjoyable experience.

Kunai gameplay video → Let's Play Kunai video →

Brief Battles Review Switch ★★★☆☆

If you've ever wanted to battle your friends in your underwear then Brief Battles is a couch co-op game that'll be right up your alley.

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Get a taste of my toxic tighty whities!

I've played a lot of arena-style couch co-op games over the years and Brief Battles is definitely a worthwhile one. You essentially control a goofy character while collecting power-ups that come in the form of underwear. The goal is to attack or stomp on your opponents and you can also scale walls and shimmy across ceilings which adds a fun layer of strategy. Playing with 4 chums is pretty enjoyable although the fun doesn't last as long as you'd hope because it all starts to feel all too samey after a while. On the plus side, there are challenges to master which can be impressively difficult. However, with a lack of online multiplayer and AI opponents, Brief Battles doesn't quite live up to its full potential. Oh, and the loading screens can be a huge pain to sit through, especially when it's merely loading a menu.

I wish Brief Battles was more fleshed out because it has a lot of potential and its core gameplay is surprisingly fun.

Brief Battles gameplay video → Similar game: Toto Temple Deluxe

Vitamin Connection Review Switch ★★★★☆

It's great to see notable developers try something new so here's a quirky co-op shooter from our good friends at WayForward.

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I don't think making this kid feel better is worth all this effort

Vitamin Connection is built to be a cooperative experience where you and a pal control a vitamin that's tasked with eradicating illness within patients. That being said, I found playing it with a friend to be much more difficult than going at it solo so I ended up playing it by myself after co-op proved to be too frustrating. This is because 1 player tilts the ship and aims while the other moves it around and presses the shoot button thus requiring utmost synchronous precision while navigating tight spaces. Anyway, the graphics are colourful and cute and the soundtrack is super-upbeat with loads of catchy vocal tracks yet some are admittedly kind of annoying. As you proceed through the automatically scrolling stages while occasionally deciding where to go next, you'll master various mini-games and there's an impressive variety of them that range from simple to involving with one being a lot like the classic Irritating Stick.

With loads of variety, challenging core gameplay, and a delightful presentation, Vitamin Connection offers a healthy dose of fun.

Vitamin Connection gameplay video →

Ubermosh:Omega Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Twin-stick games have been an indie staple for years and Ubermosh:Omega is here to provide a grungy high-energy take on the genre.

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Yeah, I don't know what the heck is going on either...

When I booted up Ubermosh:Omega and picked a character, I perished immediately and thought, "What the heck?" Right after that, I researched the game extensively and discovered that it's the latest installment of a series with a substantial cult following. Who would've guessed? Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything about how to actually play it and there is no in-game control explanation or tutorial of any form. From what I gather, you choose a character from a selection of 6 and each one plays differently. Then, you run around while avoiding enemies and projectiles within a small and heavily chaotic arena as you slash your sword or fire your weapons at encroaching enemies. It's challenging but very repetitive. On a positive note, the industrial music is downright awesome.

Simply put, Ubermosh:Omega is a mess of a game. It's a rather fun mess but a mess nonetheless.

Ubermosh:Omega gameplay video → Arcade Fuzz Review

Ego Protocol: Remastered Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Here we have a clever blend of puzzle elements and platforming so let's try out the mind-bending Ego Protocol: Remastered.

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Solving these puzzles efficiently will definitely take multiple attempts

Ego Protocol: Remastered has you configure stages as a character perpetually moves forward. By this, I mean that you slide and swap tiles that compose each stage. There's also an action button that can make the character jump, shoot, or wait. Simply guiding the character to the exit of each level is tricky but mastering the stages will involve completing it in a timely manner while picking up all of the collectibles along the way. Thankfully, there's a run button that'll help with this. Overall, it's a simple setup that offers some truly challenging gameplay if you're willing to re-play stages in order to master them yet it's a mostly mediocre affair.

Although it's a decent game to casually play while in a waiting room or something, Ego Protocol: Remastered lacks an engaging appeal.

Ego Protocol: Remastered gameplay video →

MouseCraft Review Switch ★★★★☆

If the concept of guiding mice through elaborate puzzle-filled stages appeals to you then you should definitely play MouseCraft.

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The puzzles in MouseCraft are super-satisfying to master

I remember playing MouseCraft when it released for PlayStation 3 back in 2014 and having a great time with it so I'm happy that Switch owners can now enjoy it. MouseCraft plays a lot like Ego Protocol in that you alter the stage as characters perpetually move forward but this features a lot more involving gameplay. You basically place and destroy Tetris-style blocks then unleash 3 mice once you're ready. As they scamper along, you can pause the action and perform further alterations. Again, simply completing the stages can be tricky but gathering all of the crystals while ensuring the mice don't perish can be a significant challenge, especially considering how many stages there are. The presentation is also impressive with a crazy cat scientist in the background and detailed laboratory foregrounds.

MouseCraft is a fantastic puzzler with real-time elements that rewards quick and efficient thinking more than most puzzle games do.

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