Category Archives: Reviews

[Review] Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Monkey Stories
Publisher: Monkey Stories
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Role-Playing, Adventure & Action
Release Date: 27th of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (Nintendo Switch)

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[Review] The Sparkle 2 Evo (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Forever Entertainment

Publisher: Forever Entertainment

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Arcade & Simulation

Release Date: 2nd of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] The Sparkle 2 Evo (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Super Beat Sports (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Harmonix Music Systems

Publisher: Harmonix Music Systems

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Music, Multiplayer, Party & Sports

Release Date: 2nd of November, 2017 (Worldwide) Continue reading [Review] Super Beat Sports (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo 3DS)


Developer: HAL Laboratory

Publisher: Nintendo

Platform: Nintendo 3DS Family Systems

Category: Action

Release Date: 3rd of November, 2017 (EU), 30th of November, 2017 (JP) & 19th of January, 2018 (EU & NA)  Continue reading [Review] Kirby Battle Royale (Nintendo 3DS)

[Review] Morphite (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Level 77
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Action, Adventure, Platformer & Puzzles
Release Date: 2nd of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Morphite (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Chess Ultra (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Ripstone Games

Publisher: Ripstone Games

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Board Games, Strategy, Simulation & Puzzles

Release Date: 2nd of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Chess Ultra (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] DOOM (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: id Software & Panic Button Games

Publisher: Bethesda

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: First Person, Action & Multiplayer 

Release Date: 10th of November, 2017 (EU & NA)

Continue reading [Review] DOOM (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Ittle Dew 2+ (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Ludosity

Publisher: Nicalis

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Action, Adventure, Puzzles & Role-Playing

Release Date: 14th of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Ittle Dew 2+ (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Nintendo Switch)


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Developer: Young Horses

Publisher: Young Horses

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action & Adventure

Release Date: 9th of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Violett Remastered (Nintendo Switch)


 Developer: Forever Entertainment

Publisher: Forever Entertainment

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Adventure & Puzzles

Release Date: 26th of October, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Violett Remastered (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Wheels of Aurelia (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Santa Ragione

Publisher: MixedBag

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Adventure & Racing

Release Date: 2nd of November, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Wheels of Aurelia (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Time Recoil (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: 10tons

Publisher: 10tons

Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)

Category: Action & First Person

Release Date: 26th of October, 2017 (EU & NA) Continue reading [Review] Time Recoil (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Sonic Forces (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Action
Release Date: 7th of November, 2017 (EU & NA) & 9th of November, 2017 (JP)

Continue reading [Review] Sonic Forces (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Nintendo Switch)


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Developer: Gust

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Action & Platformer

Release Date: 31st of August, 2017 (JP), 24th of October, 2017 (NA) & 27th of October, 2017 (EU) Continue reading [Review] Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Nintendo Switch)

[Review] Party Golf (Nintendo Switch)


Developer: Giant Margarita
Publisher: Giant Margarita
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Sports & Arcade
Release Date: 19th of October, 2017 (EU & NA)

 

For most gamers, golf games are a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Some can’t get enough of the hitting the links, checking the wind speed and direction, making sure you’ve got the right club selected – others just find the whole ordeal to be a complete bore. Party Golf tries to bridge the gap between these two disparate groups by simplifying the genre’s traditionally complicated controls, setting it on a 2D plane, and letting up to eight players go wild with every gameplay modifier they can imagine. What you’re left with is one heck of a multiplayer game that’s a little more Party than Golf, but sure to be a good time no matter which side of the green you stand on.

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Upon starting up the game you’re presented with the immediate option to play a Quick Game, but don’t be fooled. 
While playing a no-frills round of golf has its charms, it doesn’t have the staying power to last for long, and that’s where the Game Modes come in. Party Golf comes preloaded with over 100 rule variants ranging from the simple (least shots wins, giant golf balls) to the insane (golf sumo wrestling, Flappy Bird golf). Want to give your golf balls some wacky shapes so they’re near impossible to get into the hole? You can do that. Want to make every player’s ball stick to each other when they touch, forcing them to work together to reach the hole? You can do that. Want to play a round of Golf Deathmatch where you forgo reaching the hole in favor of straight up killing your opponents?… Well, unfortunately that’s not an option, bu- no, wait, you CAN do that. Name a nonsensical and/or moronic way to play golf, and you can probably do it in this game.

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Don’t think you’re limited to what the game gives you either. Should you come up with some kind of bizarre variant that even the developers didn’t manage to think of, simply create your own custom rule set and tweak everything to your heart’s desire. You can change the flag position, set whether the edges of the screen kill you or harmlessly bounce you off, even change the gravity. There a seemingly endless amount of options – so many that the game even gives you a good 6 warnings not to touch various aspects of it unless you’re an advanced user that experienced with the game, lest you unwittingly… make a crappy game mode? It’s all perhaps a little heavy-handed for a silly golf game, but with so many game mode presets you may never even need to touch the editor anyway.

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With multiple players (the default limit is four, although there’s also an eight player shared-controller mode that I couldn’t quite figure out how to activate) Party Golf is a blast, but unfortunatelym the single-player content is a bit lacking. The game allows you to play with AI and give them different difficulty settings such as Angry, Thoughtful, and Twitchy, but regardless of what you do they refuse to play anything but standard golf and will under no circumstances use any power-ups or abilities, leading to dull matches where you easily trounce them by simply using the basic tools given to you. There’s also a Trials mode which initially sounded promising, but actually just turned out to be a series of endless endurance challenges to see how many courses you can complete under various special conditions and with a shot limit. Again, fun with friends, but a total snore by yourself – and there’s no online play, so any solo gamers looking for a great golf experience on their Switch are better off checking out Golf Story.

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Both visually and aurally, Party Golf gets the job done and nothing more. Every course is comprised of the same extremely simple pyramid background and plain dotted foreground, and the music… well, I sure hope you like nonstop techno. There’s a clear focus on substance over style here, which makes Party Golf’s somewhat poor performance a bit disappointing considering how little seems to be going on under the hood. Although it’s far from unplayable, there’s occasional stuttering to be found during gameplay, the auto-playing videos in the menu (which appear to be taken from the PS4 version since Sony mascot Toro can be seen as one of the player’s avatars – is this his first appearance on a Nintendo platform?) always glitch out at the beginning and awkwardly freeze at the end, and the game even crashed on me at the end of a round. These issues were a very small blemish on an otherwise enjoyable experience, but they’re worth noting nonetheless.

 

 

Conclusion:

If smacking a rocket-powered banana-shaped golf ball into a hole while dropping mines to blow away your friends sounds like your idea of a good time, Party Golf is the game for you. If it doesn’t… what’s wrong with you?

 

 

THE VERDICT: 8/10

 

*Review Key Provided by Giant Margarita