Nintendo's eShop on Switch is overcrowded with oodles of indies so let's see which of these 6 recent exclusive games are worthwhile.
Astro Bears Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Unique local multiplayer games are hard to come by yet Astro Bears offers a distinct and fun formula so let's check it out!
Wait, haven't I already reviewed this? Well, kind of. Astro Bears Party released back in 2017 and this iteration (simply named Astro Bears) is more of an update than a sequel. The differences are that Jetfish Hunting now has a cooperative multiplayer option as well as online leaderboards, there are 8 bears to choose from instead of 4, there's a new competitive team-based mode that randomizes rules, and you can now choose huge planets, infinite or finite ribbons, and colour themes when setting up a match. Plus, I noticed a few quality of life enhancements such as the jetpack meter being much less obtrusive. Overall, it's a simple and fun game that's enjoyable in short bursts and makes a decent addition to anyone's party game playlist. For more information, check out my full review of the original.
Although Astro Bears is merely an update to its predecessor, it's still a fun little party game that 4 players can enjoy together.Astro Bears gameplay video → Astro Bears Party Review
Mini Trains Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Laying tracks to solve 2D puzzles has been a ton of fun ever since Pipe Mania so do these Mini Trains deliver the goods?
Mini Trains is a weird game because it's a port of a VR game on Switch. Considering the Switch has Labo VR, the fact that it's not utilized in this title is quite strange. Anyway, you play Mini Trains as if you're playing a VR game except it isn't in VR which makes getting used to its unorthodox camera feel rather clumsy at first. Once you get to grips with how to play, you'll enjoy building train tracks while guiding coloured trains to acquire their respective stars and eventually end up in the goal with all stars collected. Doing so is incredibly intuitive (aside from the awkward camera) and simple yet the challenge definitely ramps up as you progress.
As an admirer of trains, I enjoyed my time with Mini Trains a lot although it's a very simple game and feels like it should be in VR.Mini Trains gameplay video →
Human Rocket Person Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Indie games that are intentionally difficult to control are good for a laugh but is Human Rocket Person actually fun?
Human Rocket Person stars an oddball who jumps on a pogo stick. Controlling these jumps is ridiculously challenging as you leap off surfaces at whatever angle the pogo stick touches them so be prepared for plenty of frustration. There's also a mechanic where you eat rotten apples to fill your tummy with rainbows then fart them out to propel you like a jetpack. In the PC version, this is done via diarrhea so is Nintendo censoring games? Where's all the fanboy outrage about this game? Anyway, merely completing each level is tricky enough but you can also master them by collecting all of the apples and such so there is a decent amount of replay value.
In the end, no goofy-looking googly-eyed cactus can save this irritating game from being yet another silly indie experiment.Human Rocket Person gameplay video →
Watermelon Party Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Watermelon is delicious and collecting slices of it in order to win a party game sounds like fun so let's check it out!
Having already reviewed one track building puzzle game, why not another one? Watermelon Party has 2 to 4 friends compete to try and collect all of the watermelon slices within procedurally generated stages. Whoever collects them all first wins then the rest of the players compete for 2nd place and so on. Keep in mind, there is absolutely no single player content so only purchase Watermelon Party if you have at least 1 gaming chum in your life. Anyway, I love the appealing visuals and the gameplay is intuitive, especially considering you can deploy bombs whenever you mess up which clears out large areas of placed tiles. My main complaint is that it's all a bit too random and it seems like some players could be dealt good hands while others unfortunately have an uphill battle to fight.
Watermelon Party is yet another solid purchase for adding to your local multiplayer party game playlist with its simple and fun gameplay.Watermelon Party gameplay video →
Redneck Skeet Shooting Review Switch ★☆☆☆☆
If you've ever wanted to shoot at stuff that gets thrown from a homemade contraption then here's a game for you, I guess.
Redneck Skeet Shooting has you control a yokel via 2 buttons: one shoots and the other tilts the goofy bumpkin up which is the only way to aim. He naturally collapses and aims down because he has obviously been hitting the moonshine pretty hard. So, the challenge is to shoot as many random objects that fly through the air as possible while not shooting any dynamite. The thing is; this just isn't fun in the slightest. You also earn currency as you play that you can exchange for new guns and such but being able to afford anything requires far too much grinding. I don't really understand who could possibly enjoy this silly game for more than 15 seconds or so.
If the fact that it's titled Redneck Skeet Shooting isn't enough of a red flag, allow me to say that this is one terrible game.Redneck Skeet Shooting gameplay video →
Bus Fix 2019 Review Switch ☆☆☆☆☆
Fixing buses is fun, right? I mean, everyone wants to do it so why not make a game out of it?
Yes, it's true; this is the first and hopefully the last game that I've ever awarded a big fat 0 stars to. Where do I begin? Bus Fix 2019 is primarily a series of menus where you fix people's buses to earn cash. You can also fix some buses just to sell them. As if this premise wasn't terrible enough, controlling the menus is an absolute nightmare. Let me just say that you can use the touchscreen which does help a bit but the menus are so overly unintuitive and cumbersome that tapping on the screen often doesn't yield the results that you were intending. If you're planning on using buttons then prepare yourself for some of the worst controls in video game history. It's as if Bus Fix 2019 is a port of a CD-i game but it can't be because it has 2019 in the title. Anyway, I simply gave up trying to fix many buses because I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to navigate to the problematic bus parts and I tried desperately.
If Bus Fix 2019 is some kind of joke then it's done a great job of punking me with its downright unplayable gameplay and lame premise.Bus Fix 2019 gameplay video →