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‘SEGA AGES Phantasy Star’, ‘Atari Flashback Classics’, ‘Metal Slug 5’, and More Highlight Today’s New Releases – TouchArcade

‘SEGA AGES Phantasy Star’, ‘Atari Flashback Classics’, ‘Metal Slug 5’, and More Highlight Today’s New Releases – TouchArcade

Howdy, mild readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for December 13th, 2018. It’s the time of the week when new releases hit, and since I’m devoted to discovering one thing to say about every and each one among them, we’ve obtained fairly the work forward of us. We’ve additionally acquired some superior new gross sales to take a look at, however the information appears to be little mild. So let’s concentrate on some video games you should purchase proper now for at present, we could?


Kemco’s Obtained a Couple More Cellular RPG Ports Coming For Change

For those who’re eager on paying upwards of $10 for mediocre RPGs that you simply in all probability already purchased fo $1 or much less in your smartphone, Kemco’s obtained a few treats coming your method. Each Asdivine Hearts 2 and Chronus Arc are coming to Change quickly. Properly, there are undoubtedly worse video games in Kemco’s catalog, however I nonetheless can’t see bothering with stuff like this when there are such a lot of genuinely nice RPGs to play on Nintendo’s platform.

‘Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’ is Racking Up Some Respectable Gross sales

Whereas I haven’t had an opportunity to play this one but, I’ve heard nothing however good issues about FDG’s Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. It’s a full-sized 15+ hour sequel to the basic Monster World video games packed to the gills with high quality gameplay and fantastic callbacks in equal measures. It additionally had simply concerning the worst launch date timing on the planet, coming in a mere handful of hours earlier than Tremendous Smash Bros. Final. Regardless of that hurdle, the sport is seemingly off to a superb begin, promoting upwards of 50,00zero models already. In accordance with FDG, the best-selling model is certainly the Change model, so… stick with it? In case you missed this, please test it out.

‘The Escapists 2’ Has a Vacation Replace Filled with Snow and Mirth

The Escapists is not any stranger to seasonal updates, and it’s not lacking out this Christmas, both. Within the free Snow Method Out replace, gamers can sit up for a brand new seasonally-appropriate jail to flee from, 4 new festive jobs, new gadgets that can be utilized to craft a brand new weapon referred to as the Sweet Ache, and some recent new methods to flee. Free stuff is as Christmas because it will get, so that you may as nicely leap in and take pleasure in.

New Releases

I’m going to start out a brand new factor from this level on. Whereas I’ll sometimes do extra in-depth featured evaluations, there simply isn’t time to cowl every part. So as an alternative, I’ll be giving a particular suggestion to sure video games within the New Releases part. Simply look ahead to the daring SwitchArcade Really helpful! to see which video games are the cream of the crop!

SEGA AGES Phantasy Star ($7.99)

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M2 all the time does nice work with its ports of SEGA classics, however SEGA AGES Phantasy Star is among the greatest but. Take an ahead-of-its-time recreation that doesn’t get almost as a lot re-release love as its lesser sequel, add elective settings to make its Eight-bit grind extra palatable to trendy audiences, throw in an auto-map for many who don’t need to escape the graph paper, and embrace all kinds of visible and audio settings, and you’ve obtained a real winner. I’ve performed this model from begin to end and I might hardly put it down till it was executed. Whether or not you’re new to the collection or simply need to return to an previous favourite, this can be a fantastic launch that should be in any RPG fan’s assortment.

Starman ($Eight.99)

This Monument Valley-esque journey recreation already launched on cellular some time again. It has fairly a pleasant environment, and the response to the sport was respectable if not spectacular. It’s a bit on the brief aspect and the tempo is absolutely sluggish, however should you’re in the fitting temper this is perhaps one thing you would get into. It’s an unquestionably beautiful recreation from an inventive standpoint, however a few of the puzzles could be irksome within the fallacious method. Personally, I’m extra inclined to take pleasure in this type of expertise on my telephone, and it’s cheaper there in addition. However to every their very own, proper?

RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures ($49.99)

Ahh, what to do with this? So, you will get a few of the taste of correct RollerCoaster Tycoon with this recreation. However this model has its roots in cellular, and whereas the builders have carried out a superb job of adapting it for the totally different market, it nonetheless finally ends up feeling rather less substantial than you may like when in comparison with the PC originals. It additionally suffers from some vital efficiency points when your park will get massive and difficult. I feel a RollerCoaster Tycoon recreation could possibly be nice on the Change, however this isn’t fairly the extent that individuals are in all probability in search of.

Oxyjet ($14.99)

I haven’t tried this one, so I can’t vouch for its high quality or lack thereof. It’s described as a kind of spaceship sumo battle the place you need to battle towards one other ship for oxygen. You management a crew member inside your ship, and you must transfer round by slicing holes in your ship and sealing them up. The goal is to enter and keep contained in the oxygen bubble, however you’ll be rubbing shoulders with an opponent who might be making an attempt to bump you out. The store description appears to promote this as a sofa co-op expertise first and foremost, however stresses which you could play alone in case you like. It’s a neat concept and it seems to be okay, however I might go both approach on this at that worth.

Omensight: Definitive Version ($19.99)

This looker is a follow-up to Tales: The Path of Destinies, and by most accounts it’s a greater recreation all-around. That is an motion recreation with a bit of favor to it, however the gameplay principally comes right down to slicing up enemies as quick as you’ll be able to to construct up power that you should use for particular assaults, then repeating the method til the sport is completed otherwise you get bored, whichever comes first. Nothing to bang pots over, however should you want an motion repair this may go well with you.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 Deluxiest Version (Standalone $12.99, Bundle $22.49)

Cellular followers will keep in mind this as a recreation that ought to have been a slam-dunk sequel that by some means went awry. Lots of that was due to it being tooled to generate extra cash via IAPs, and a few of it was right down to plain previous bugs. It was additionally maybe slightly too just like the primary recreation, missing the freshness and allure it carried. Properly, now we’ve got a Deluxiest model that purports to repair most of these points, and if that’s certainly the case, then you must have a great time with this one. It’s undoubtedly extra of the identical, although, so for those who burnt out on the unique, this isn’t going to select you again up once more. In a pleasant transfer, you’ll be able to seize it in a bundle with the primary recreation for a reduced worth.

Hunter’s Legacy: Purrfect Version ($6.99)

This can be a very common tackle the Metroidvania idea on just about the worst platform for a mean Metroidvania to attempt to compete. It’s not that it’s dangerous, and that worth is fairly good, however I’m making an attempt to think about what a Change proprietor who hasn’t already acquired a ton of high-class video games on this style of their library appears like, and all I can image is a dancing frog with a prime hat and cane. The Purrfect Version does add some good quality-of-life options like a mini-map and improved melee fight, and the sport definitely seems to be slightly higher than earlier variations because of improved animations and such. There are worse methods to spend seven bucks in your Change, I’d reckon, however undoubtedly extra thrilling methods, too.

GRIS ($16.99)

In my evaluations of iOS video games, I typically speak about “expertise video games” versus “mechanics games”. Some video games do an excellent job of offering satisfaction to each camps, whereas others lean extra closely in a single path. GRIS is an expertise recreation, for positive. It’s unquestionably pretty in its presentation, and it may be thought-provoking in a obscure sort of approach. However it’s additionally comparatively brief and doesn’t do lots of fascinating issues mechanically, and some individuals will in all probability be turned off by simply how obscure its story-telling is. For those who go goofy for a superb “expertise recreation” and don’t thoughts the gameplay aspect of issues being much less formidable, you’ll in all probability like this quite a bit.

Blue Rider ($Eight.99)

Right here’s one other respectable entry into a really crowded area. Blue Rider is a twin-stick shooter, and a fairly straight-forward arcadey tackle the idea. There are loads of nice video games on this style on the Change, and even fairly a quantity in the identical sub-genre. Blue Rider is strong and the graphics are pleasingly vibrant, however it doesn’t actually do rather a lot to face out from the pack. In the event you like chasing up excessive scores and you don’t thoughts a considerably rocky degree of problem within the true arcade custom, you may need to give this a glance. That’s all I’ve obtained to say about that, I suppose.

Huge Bash Growth ($29.99)

What… the… heck? I’m going to be seeing these faces in my nightmares, associates. Eugh, speak about your uncanny valleys. Properly, setting that apart, this can be a cricket recreation from one of many solely studios that places out cricket video games worldwide anymore, Huge Ant Studios. However this isn’t simply any cricket recreation! No, that is over-the-top, NBA Road-style cricket. You’ve acquired full licensing right here, which might be why the builders went to such pain-staking element to seize sensible visages for these cartoonish our bodies. Sadly, whereas I discover the idea of the sport interesting, reviews of efficiency points and clunky fielding AI makes me hesitant about this one, particularly provided that it’s kind of a retail product.

Atari Flashback Classics ($39.99)

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Okay, the retro packs have been flying quick and livid on the Change these days, and it’s protected to say that the standard has not solely been everywhere in the map, however everywhere in the map in very alternative ways. Do you go for amount? Strong emulation? Cool extras? A bug-free expertise? Atari Flashback Classics isn’t an ideal package deal (there might all the time be extra additional materials in stuff like this, in case you ask me), however you get 150 video games masking Atari’s arcade, 2600, and 5200 output, all well-emulated and at an inexpensive worth. Positive, the period that these video games hail from signifies that an terrible lot of them don’t maintain up all that nicely in trendy occasions, however there’s greater than sufficient right here to fulfill each a gaming itch and a want to revisit historical past.

Almightree: The Final Dreamer ($19.99)

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One thing of a 3D tackle these block-pushing puzzle video games that have been as soon as all the fad, Almightree gained a number of followers round right here when it first launched on cellular a couple of years again. It’s no shock, then, that this expanded Change model can also be a very cool recreation. You must progress via ranges utilizing your character’s meager platforming capabilities and his capacity to teleport blocks round, all whereas racing towards a timer that sees the map slowly crumble round you. It’s not as visually dazzling because it got here off again when it first launched, however it’s nonetheless fairly colourful and communicates its tough degree designs nicely. In case you’re unsure about it, you possibly can nonetheless decide up the cellular model for an inexpensive worth to see if it’s your factor.


I used to be going to be a cheeky boy and discuss with this because the second-worst Metallic Slug recreation in the primary collection, however once I gave it a great assume, I needed to admit that it’s extra like the center of the pack. Inferior to Metallic Slug, Metallic Slug X, or Metallic Slug three, however in all probability higher than the others. Properly, when you’ve been choosing these up as they’ve come out, right here’s the newest one. And I consider the final one, so far as the NEOGEO itself goes. Will HAMSTER transfer on to Atomiswave arcade video games subsequent? Perhaps! But when not, benefit from the final Arcade Archives Metallic Slug recreation. It’s not the worst.

Arcade Archives Athena ($7.99)

Athena just isn’t a great recreation. It’s an fascinating recreation, to make certain, and even an formidable recreation. However it isn’t a very good recreation. Even in a vacuum, it’s arduous to seek out good causes to purchase this specific Arcade Archives installment. However once you bear in mind that this model of Athena is within the SNK 40th Anniversary Assortment together with greater than 30 different video games and variations, it’s virtually unattainable to see any purpose to select this up. I imply, perhaps you actually need a Caravan Mode in your Athena recreation? Oh nicely, I’m positive Athena has some main supporters on the market, and it’s solely truthful that they eat properly typically.

Gross sales

There are some nice gross sales kicking off right now, with various video games hitting a reduction worth for the primary time ever. Make sure you take a look at Kero Blaster and Astebreed at the least, whereas Mega Man followers on the lookout for a pleasant homage would do nicely to try 20XX. Fancy technique? Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix is on sale for the primary time since its launch low cost as nicely.

New Video games On Sale


20XX ($10.79 from $17.99 till 12/19)
Dokuro ($7.99 from $Eight.99 till 12/19)
Angels of Dying ($10.49 from $14.99 till 01/03)
Astebreed ($15.99 from $19.99 till 01/03)
Elemental Knights R ($20.47 from $22.75 till 12/27)
Weapons, Gore, and Cannoli ($6.69 from $9.99 till 12/28)
Kero Blaster ($6.99 from $9.99 till 01/03)
Koi DX ($three.00 from $5.00 till 01/03)
Misplaced Sea ($6.99 from $9.99 till 01/03)

Mercenaries Saga Chronicles ($10.49 from $14.99 till 01/03)
Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix ($10.39 from $12.99 till 01/03)
PAN-PAN A Tiny Huge Journey ($three.00 from $5.00 till 01/03)
Shelter Generations ($9.99 from $19.99 till 01/03)
TorqueL – Physics Modified Version ($four.99 from $9.99 till 01/03)
Treadnauts ($7.99 from $9.99 till 12/17)
Vertical Strike Countless Problem ($three.49 from $four.99 till 01/03)
WILL: A Fantastic World ($10.49 from $14.99 till 01/03)
World Conqueror X ($5.99 from $9.99 till 01/03)

With no gross sales ending tomorrow, that about wraps up immediately’s installment. Which video games are you choosing up this week? What are you enjoying? Be happy to remark under and tell us. As for me, I’ll be again tomorrow with a number of straggler new releases and what I’m positive can be a wholesome record of latest gross sales. As all the time, thanks for studying!