I've been playing a lot of Switch games recently and many of them have been quite weird so here are my thoughts on 7 such titles.
Speaking Simulator Review Switch ★★★★☆
If you've ever wanted to play as some sort of alien robot disguised as a human then learning how to speak may be up your alley.
At first glance, Speaking Simulator looks like one of those highly irritating and difficult-to-control "simulation" indies but upon playing it, you'll actually realise that it's more in-line with an arcade-style high score chaser albeit with a hilarious premise and equally funny presentation. You basically move your lips with the right stick and tongue with the left in order to try and speak like a human. Not only must you follow onscreen prompts, you must also avoid slapping your tongue against red buttons, adjust your expression via an emotion meter, and even express yourself via your eyebrows. When you mess up, your suspicion meter increases and when you do well, you get more points. As I played, I felt compelled to try my best while not being able to stop laughing out loud at the ridiculous lines of dialogue and visual gags like seeing your character accidentally push their own teeth out, etc. It's downright fun and laugh-out-loud stuff.
Speaking Simulator is not only hilarious; it also offers clever gameplay that'll compel you to retry scenarios over and over again.Speaking Simulator gameplay video →
Stories Untold Review Switch ★★★★☆
If abstract indie games are your cup of tea then the odd narrative-driven puzzle adventure game Stories Untold is a must-play.
Stories Untold consists of 4 somewhat brief episodes where you try and figure out how to progress via solving puzzles and playing text-based adventure mini-games. It's the sort of game that's best played blind so I'll try not to spoil anything but I will say that the strange and abstract scenarios tie together in the final moments and make the journey worthwhile. That being said, a couple of the puzzles are exceptionally frustrating such as when you have to decode words or if you don't pay close attention to details. Aside from that, there are some genuinely terrifying moments that are elevated by the fantastic moody ambience and overall, it's a memorable series of situations that's worth experiencing at least once. I just wish there were more incentives to play it through again since it's so short.
The shocking and distinct storytelling in Stories Untold will stay with you long after you finish the rather short experience.Stories Untold gameplay video →
Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen Collector's Edition Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Genre-blending adventures are always interesting to play so let's check out Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen Collector's Edition.
Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen is interesting; it may look like a hidden object game and although it does feature situations that match the genre, it's mostly a point-and-click adventure game where you progress through prerendered screens while figuring out where to go or what to do next. Most of the puzzles are quite easy and simple to figure out so if you usually get annoyed at these kinds of games then the low level of challenge may appeal to you. There are even mini-games sprinkled in that act as rather enjoyable puzzles but again, they're usually quite unchallenging. Anyway, I enjoyed the retro aesthetic which comes to life when strange CG cutscenes play over the rendered backgrounds and the fact that you play as an agent of the Vatican in 13th century Europe is pretty unique.
It may be easy but Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen Collector's Edition is full of variety which makes it somewhat rewarding.Where Angels Cry: Tears of the Fallen Collector's Edition gameplay video → Where Angels Cry Review The Man With The Ivory Cane Review Black Rainbow Review Myths of Orion: Light from the North Review Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix Review Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: The Lair Review Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel Review
Kuukiyomi: Consider It! Review Switch ★★★☆☆
A lot of unconventional games come from Japan and Kuukiyomi: Consider It! is definitely up there on the weird scale.
If you recall the 2005 DS game Brain Age then Kuukiyomi: Consider It! is similar except instead of testing your intelligence, it tests how considerate you are. The gameplay is akin to WarioWare in that you're presented with a scenario then must figure out the most considerate thing to do. My main complaint is that many of these scenarios simply didn't make any sense to me but on the other hand, everything is so quirky and funny that I ended up laughing more than getting annoyed. There's also a multiplayer mode where you play through a short succession of random situations with a friend which I found to be a lot of fun so if you buy it, play it with a chum!
Kuukiyomi: Consider It! is a simple blend of Brain Age and WarioWare that maintains a humorous and quirky vibe throughout.Kuukiyomi: Consider It! gameplay video →
Roombo: First Blood Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Some games are so weird that they're hard to describe so here's an indie that stars a cute murderous vacuum cleaner robot.
Roombo: First Blood has you control a robot vacuum cleaner and it's your job to kill home invaders then clean up the mess that they leave behind if you know what I mean. There's something about trapping robbers then vacuuming up their blood that's oddly satisfying, especially because you have the ability to hack certain parts of the house. This involves things like turning on the sprinkler system so the invaders slip and smashing windows into them. Although all of this may sound fantastic, my main complaint is that the difficulty almost entirely relies on playing levels over and over again so you can remember where the robbers come in from and what you can do to stop them. That frustrating aspect aside, it's still a clever game with a ridiculous premise that adds a lot of enjoyment to the gameplay.
If you've ever had your house broken into then I imagine Roombo: First Blood would be quite a cathartic experience.Roombo: First Blood gameplay video →
Roll'd Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Sometimes, games with simple gameplay make for fun times but does the 2 button Roll'd provide satisfying gameplay?
Roll'd merely has you push left and right in order to rotate a stage that a perpetually-moving character runs along. If the incline or decline becomes too steep, you lose immediately. Needless to say, this is a very repetitive formula considering how exceptionally basic it is but at the same time, it manages to be incredibly irritating, too, because almost every failure feels unfair. The best thing I can say about Roll'd is that it includes a wealth of unlockable content such as new characters and stage themes but unlocking anything takes a very long time. There's also a multiplayer mode yet that failed to entertain me and a chum. At least the retro visuals are kind of neat.
Playing Roll'd is a lot like trying to balance a ball on the back of your hand. Even though it's challenging, it's simply not that much fun.Roll'd gameplay video →
Demolish & Build 2018 Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
Wait, isn't it 2020? Well, Demolish & Build 2018 begs to differ so let's smash up some old buildings!
Demolish & Build 2018 initially released on Steam a couple of years back and now, it's finally available for Switch. One aspect that made the Steam version appealing is that you could play it with a friend but on Switch, it's only for 1 player even though it says otherwise in the eShop description so you'll have to run your deconstruction company on your own. Anyway, you basically manage your company by purchasing land, machines, and workers as well as get your hands dirty by tearing down old buildings either carefully by hand or with hulking machines. I can see some gamers getting hooked to its open-ended gameplay but I personally found it to be too repetitive and unsatisfying, especially with its annoying controls and subpar presentation. I suggest getting the Steam version instead.
It may be a fun game on PC but playing Demolish & Build 2018 on Switch simply doesn't deliver the radiators to the container.Demolish & Build 2018 gameplay video →