Nintendo consoles have always been about having fun with friends so here are 3 recently released indie co-op games for Switch.
Joggernauts Review Switch ★★★★☆
Teaming up with a friend or three in order to master tricky platforming stages with perpetually moving characters sounds tough and it is. Thankfully, Joggernauts is very challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable so it rarely becomes frustrating.
Joggernauts puts you and your friends in the space boots of your animals of choice. The core gameplay is simple as all you do is jump and swap positions. Similarly coloured characters and hazards cancel out but if a character touches a hazard of a different colour or falls down a hole; your team loses a life. Therefore, you must get into the rhythm to promptly swap characters to avoid any damage and constantly pay attention to where you are. Meanwhile, you have to remember to jump because you don't want to take a tumble and cost your team their victory, right? Luckily, there's a forgiving checkpoint system that allows you to pay collectibles to activate continue points. These collectibles don't reset upon death so that's what makes it forgiving. To top it all off, its fantastic goofy sense of humour, cute cast of characters, and charming audio make Joggernauts a top-notch cooperative indie.
Although its adorable and colourful visuals may make you assume otherwise, Joggernauts is a super-tough co-op platformer that rewards fast-thinking and communication. If that sounds like your cup of tea then jog over to the eShop and give it a try.Joggernauts gameplay video →
Tied Together Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Some co-op multiplayer games are tricky in unforgiving and irritating ways. Unfortunately, Tied Together is one such game.
I don't really understand who Tied Together is for. Whereas Joggernauts provides a steep challenge that's actually enjoyable to tackle with friends, Tied Together isn't much more than an annoying mess. For starters, the controls are just awful. Also, the tether that ties your group together seems to push as well as pull which doesn't make any sense as you can stand still and have a partner move toward you then you may fall off a cliff and die. You can revive each other but if your corpse is down a pit or surrounded with spikes then good luck trying to dig yourself out of that mess! The generic environments and terrible audio complete with stupid-sounding characters make playing Tied Together almost unbearable. Considering the phenomenal Unravel Two which released just a few months ago features similar mechanics, why anyone would play this is beyond me. I guess it's for up to 4 players but why torture more of your friends?
Tied Together is enjoyable at first but as soon as the novelty wears off (which doesn't take long at all), you're left with an irritating mess that's difficult to enjoy. If you own a PS4 or Xbox One then play Unravel Two instead.Tied Together gameplay video →
Boom Ball: Boost Edition Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Boom Ball may seem familiar if you happen to own an Xbox One. However, does it hold up on Switch?
Wait, haven't I already reviewed this game? Sort of. Boom Ball: Boost Edition is basically a Switch port of the Xbox One game Boom Ball 3 for Kinect. However, instead of getting off the couch and waving your hands to smack balls into blocks, you can comfortably sit down as all you need to do is tilt the Joy-Con in order to reflect and hit the balls. For the unfamiliar, the core gameplay is a lot like Breakout except in three dimensions and the bricks compose silly objects and animals. It's definitely a pleasing game to play complete with cute and funny stages, great audio, and lots of levels to work through. On the other hand, it just doesn't feel as satisfying using the Joy-Con as opposed to standing up and virtually slapping balls with your actual hands. Looks like Kinect wins this battle; sorry, Switch!
As a port of one of the most enjoyable Kinect games, Boom Ball: Boost Edition simply isn't as fun with Joy-Cons as it is to stand beside a friend while virtually whacking balls with your bare hands.Boom Ball: Boost Edition gameplay video → Boom Ball 3 for Kinect Review