SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Levelhead’ Review, Mini-Views Featuring ‘Feathery Ears’, Today’s New Releases, and the Latest Sales


Hey light readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for Might 11th, 2020. In right this moment’s article, we’ve bought a full evaluate of Butterscotch Shenanigans’s Levelhead. We’ve additionally bought a Mini-View of Feathery Ears, a considerably troubled 3D platformer. We check out each of the weekend’s new releases, and end issues up with an inventory of gross sales together with Atari Flashback Classics and extra. Let’s get proper to it!


Levelhead ($19.99)

You already know who is aware of the way to make a very good sport? Butterscotch Shenanigans. I liked the heck out of Crashlands, and I discovered their earlier, smaller titles nearly and enjoyable and definitely as polished. This time, nonetheless, the staff appears to wish to see how good of a sport its gamers could make. Levelhead throws its hat into the small however very aggressive “make your individual platformer ranges” class, and contemplating the competitors, it comes out of it higher than you would possibly anticipate.

Let’s deliver up the 800-lb gorilla within the room earlier than we get too far into this. In contrast to each different platform Levelhead is launching on, the Swap already has a really highly effective and extremely profitable instance of a sport like this. Tremendous Mario Maker 2 is a part of the most well-liked platforming collection in historical past, and the folks behind it are among the most gifted and skilled within the business. The gameplay is instantly acquainted to most gamers, as are the varied enemies and objects that gamers can use to construct their levels. Don’t come into Levelhead questioning if it might finest such a mighty contender; it might’t and it doesn’t must.

That mentioned, there are just a few areas the place Levelhead works a bit of higher, and the expertise on the entire is an efficient one even within the locations the place it doesn’t stack up. The explanation why making a sport like that is so tough comes all the way down to what number of very important features have to be nailed down for the entire thing to hold collectively correctly. In the beginning, the gameplay behind the entire thing. No one needs to make ranges for a sport that isn’t pleasing to play within the first place. Fortunately, Levelhead holds its floor effectively right here. The controls are tight, and the central idea of choosing up a bundle someplace within the stage that must be carried to the top provides a nice twist to the proceedings.

The subsequent vital facet is within the creation instruments. Levelhead does effectively right here, although it may be a bit of complicated at instances. Most of that comes from having to be taught what the whole lot is and the place you could find it. When you get conversant in that stuff, it’s straightforward and pleasing to assemble all kinds of challenges and stage concepts. It’s a bit of more durable to tug off unconventional designs, however it may be accomplished. I notably love the best way the Day by day Construct function, which forces you to flex your creativeness with the identical restricted set of instruments supplied to each different participant. As with its chief competitor, Levelhead‘s creation instruments are rather a lot simpler to make use of while you’re enjoying in handheld mode as you may make use of contact controls.

Final of all, and maybe the realm the place the current king is at its weakest, is in how gamers can work together with all of these creations. Created ranges go to what the sport calls the Advertising Division, the place the whole lot is simply in a giant pile. By enjoying different folks’s ranges, you earn Publicity. You’ll be able to then spend that Publicity on boosting your individual ranges, making it extra seemingly different gamers will see them. The cream of the crop will ultimately be moved to the Tower, a group of the most effective of the most effective. This technique encourages creators to play the levels of different creators whereas giving them a restricted means to lift up their very own works. Ideally, this could result in extra levels being sampled by extra gamers. The cross-platform nature of the sport helps hold the group energetic.

Should you’re not into the thought of making ranges, there’s nonetheless a strong platformer right here with a great built-in marketing campaign and the promise supplied by a doubtlessly limitless provide of player-created levels. Butterscotch Shenanigans has accomplished its ordinary job of making use of AAA-level polish to its indie sport, with enticing visuals, wonderful audio, a cushty UI, and loads of humorous cut-scenes and jokes to maintain you smiling. This Swap model is an effective way to expertise the sport, maybe second solely to the PC model relying on whether or not you favor contact controls or a mouse in terms of creation.

SwitchArcade Rating: four/5


Feathery Ears ($9.99)

This sport is principally what I used to be anticipating after I purchased it: a really unfastened, tough indie 3D platformer that feels extra like a take a look at than a closing product. It’s fairly obscure, and I consider deliberately so, leaving you to determine what to do and the place to go. The world design lacks cohesion and comes off extra like a bunch of disconnected mini-sets than the rest. The controls are good, if a bit of slippery at instances, however the physics could be a bit arduous to foretell, making platforming irritating. I had numerous arduous crashes throughout my time with the sport, being despatched again to the Swap residence display screen unceremoniously with little rhyme or cause. When you get your geese lined up, it’s a reasonably brief sport. I wished to love it. I didn’t.

SwitchArcade Rating: 2/5

New Releases

Highrise Heroes: Phrase Problem ($7.99)

SwitchArcade Spotlight!

A phrase sport with a narrative, hunh? Properly, I’m sport. A sudden earthquake has left the structural integrity of a skyscraper in extreme query. An unlucky fellow named Seb(go?) is on the highest ground on the time, which leaves him with… 90 flooring to traverse. Properly, no stress. Every ground takes the type of a stage the place you’ve gotten match letters and make phrases to clear a path for Seb and the folks he meets. Apparently the earthquake will not be solely pure in its origins, in order that’s a thriller to resolve alongside the best way as effectively. You get greater than 90 ranges, plus additional challenges and a dozen chimp-themed ranges. Why? I don’t know! However I prefer it. It’s a bit of higher on cellular, however this isn’t a nasty method to play in any respect.

The Experiment: Escape Room ($three.99)

Escape Room video games have been all the craze ten years in the past, and if I’m going to be sincere this sport seems to be prefer it got here from that period. The actual cause behind its considerably humble visuals is that this can be a port of a VR sport, and as you may think it loses fairly a little bit of its punch within the transition. With extraordinarily primary puzzles and a really transient runtime, The Experiment: Escape Room doesn’t have a lot going for it past its low worth. I’m probably not into these video games within the first place, however a fast look at Steam opinions tells me even followers of the style discover this one missing.

Gross sales

(North American eShop, US Costs)

The brand new gross sales that popped up over the weekend aren’t notably stunning. The standard suspects are right here, together with some reductions on new video games that launched late final week. One face we haven’t seen earlier than is Atari Flashback Classics, which I consider is on sale for the very first time. You recover from 100 classics from the Atari 2600, the Atari 5200, and even some arcade video games. The Swap isn’t well-suited to enjoying video games designed for paddles and such, and a whole lot of the 2600 video games have… not aged effectively, to say the least. However for twenty , it’s a enjoyable journey into online game historical past. Ubisoft’s newest sale is ending tomorrow, so seize what you need from there lest it’s important to, like, wait three weeks for the subsequent Ubisoft sale or one thing.

Choose New Video games on Sale

Atari Flashback Classics ($19.99 from $39.99 till 5/22)
Deployment ($zero.99 from $9.99 till 5/16)
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX ($three.14 from $eight.99 till 5/18)
Fury Unleashed ($17.99 from $19.99 till 5/29)
Tremendous Hyperactive Ninja ($2.24 from $eight.99 till 5/28)
Prompt Tennis ($2.98 from $9.95 till 5/24)
Guess the Character ($1.01 from $2.99 till 5/28)
Furwind ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/28)
Hero Specific ($1.24 from $four.99 till 5/27)
Smoots Summer time Video games ($6.99 from $9.99 till 5/28)
Escape from the Universe ($2.99 from $9.99 till 5/21)
DreamBall ($three.49 from $four.99 till 5/28)
Reknum ($three.49 from $four.99 till 5/28)
High Run ($2.49 from $four.99 till 5/27)

Speedway Racing ($5.99 from $9.99 till 5/28)
The Unholy Society ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/14)
Tower Inferno ($four.79 from $7.99 till 5/24)
Drift Zone Arcade ($13.99 from $19.99 till 5/25)
Feathery Ears ($eight.49 from $9.99 till 5/15)
Jet Ski Rush ($1.99 from $three.99 till 5/29)
Reed 2 ($three.99 from $four.99 till 5/25)
Clumsy Rush ($1.29 from $four.99 till 5/16)
3000th Duel ($10.49 from $14.99 till 5/23)
Clue ($14.99 from $29.99 till 5/16)
Samsara: Deluxe ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/29)
Magic Nations ($2.99 from $9.99 till 5/23)
Battleship ($9.99 from $19.99 till 5/16)
Caveman Chuck ($1.19 from $three.99 till 5/23)
Darkish Tower ($1.49 from $four.99 till 5/23)
Midnight Evil ($1.99 from $9.99 till 5/25)

Gross sales Ending Tomorrow, Tuesday, Might 12th

Murderer’s Creed III: Remastered ($15.99 from $39.99 till 5/12)
Murderer’s Creed: Insurgent Assortment ($23.99 from $39.99 till 5/12)
Respiration Worry ($1.99 from $four.99 till 5/12)
Little one of Gentle Final ($four.99 from $19.99 till 5/12)
Loopy Zen Mini Golf ($1.99 from $four.99 till 5/12)
Defunct ($zero.29 from $14.99 till 5/12)
Evoland Evolutionary ($four.99 from $19.99 till 5/12)
Indivisible ($23.99 from $29.99 till 5/12)
Northgard ($17.49 from $34.99 till 5/12)
One Particular person Story ($1.19 from $1.99 till 5/12)
Rayman Legends Definitive ($9.99 from $39.99 till 5/12)
Relic Hunters Zero: Remix ($9.99 from $12.99 till 5/12)
Santa Tracker ($zero.49 from $2.99 till 5/12)
Served! ($2.99 from $5.99 till 5/12)

South Park: The Fractured However Entire ($14.99 from $59.99 till 5/12)
South Park: The Stick of Fact ($11.99 from $29.99 till 5/12)
House Ribbon ($zero.49 from $four.99 till 5/12)
Starlink: Deluxe ($23.99 from $79.99 till 5/12)
Starlink: Digital ($14.99 from $59.99 till 5/12)
Story of a Gladiator ($5.49 from $10.99 till 5/12)
Avenue Basketball ($zero.89 from $5.99 till 5/12)
The Misplaced Gentle of Sisu ($four.99 from $9.99 till 5/12)
Trials Rising Gold ($11.99 from $39.99 till 5/12)
Trials Rising Normal ($7.49 from $24.99 till 5/12)
Valiant Hearts ($four.99 from $19.99 till 5/12)
WorldNeverland – Elnea Kingdom ($14.99 from $29.99 till 5/12)

That’s all for right this moment, mates. We’ll be again tomorrow with a have a look at a few new releases, a full evaluate of one in all final week’s new video games, and hopefully some information and gross sales. I hope you all have a great Monday, and as at all times, thanks for studying!