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Our old pal Colin Lane is gearing up to release a new mobile game, and this time he’s partnering up with our other old pal Brad Erkkila once again. The new game is called Knight Brawl, and like many of Lane’s other games, it’s a wacky physics-based fighting game. In this case it features a bunch of knights beating the crap out of each other with sharp objects. It’s actually a spiritual successor of sorts to Lane’s previous game Epic Flail, a game where you played as dudes looking straight out of The Warriors beating the crap out of each other with maces on a tropical island. It’s one of my favorites. Knight Brawl expands on the concept with shields, a dash move, and a bunch of different types of weaponry. Here’s a trailer.

Knight Brawl - YouTube

If you enjoy Colin Lane’s previous games, then that trailer should have you pretty excited for Knight Brawl. I especially like the variety of knights with their different equipment that can go flying off piece by piece. As with most of Lane’s other games, Knight Brawl will be free to download and play with ads, and a one-time IAP to disable those ads if you choose. If you’re into doing the whole pre-ordering thing, Knight Brawl is currently available for pre-order on the App Store right now with an expected release date of June 12th. If you’d rather wait for this one to release before downloading, then look for it to arrive in just a few weeks.

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Gameloft has announced their newest upcoming mobile game, and they’re partnering up with one of the most iconic brands in the world for it. Called LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, the game will see you unlocking and collecting a huge variety of minifigs and playsets from throughout the history of LEGO. You’ll use those minifigs to form a team and take on the teams of other players in battle as well as go on adventures. LEGO Legacy will feature “iconic, fan favorite universes from yesterday and today, recreated with incredible detail to please players of all ages, from the passionate collectors to those who want to bring back childhood memories." In addition, the press release states that developer Gameloft Toronto has “been working closely with the LEGO Group for several years, including visits to the LEGO Vault in Billund, Denmark where all the sets and minifigures ever created are archived. The team has been studying vintage instruction manuals and focusing all its skills to perfectly recreate every tiny detail that makes the LEGO experience so enjoyable and memorable. LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed will be faithful to the fun and creativity that make the LEGO brand one of the most beloved brands on Earth." So far this brief teaser is the only look we have at LEGO Legacy.

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed Official Teaser Trailer - YouTube

While not mentioned specifically, there’s no chance that LEGO Legacy isn’t a free to play game, and free to play social RPGs aren’t exactly in short supply on the App Store. But as I’ve said many times before, here’s the thing with mobile social RPGs – They may not differ a ton in terms of mechanics, but they typically provide a ton of fan service for whichever IP they’re based around, and so if you enjoy a certain brand or property these mobile games can offer a lot of enjoyment. In the case of LEGO Legacy, if you’re a huge LEGO fan then collecting digital versions of classic figures and playsets might sound pretty awesome. It’s also not the only LEGO mobile game on the horizon, as NimbleBit’s LEGO Tower is set to arrive on July 1st. As a LEGO fan myself I’m looking forward to more details being revealed about LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed ahead of its release this fall.

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Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 23rd, 2019. For a Thursday, there aren’t a whole ton of new releases, but that’s probably partly owed to the downpour that fell on Tuesday. Still, we’ve got several games to look at and a few that are actually pretty interesting. I’ve also got a little hands-on preview of an absolutely bananas upcoming action-RPG, a little bit of news, and some nice sales information for the road. Let’s save a magic dog!

News

‘YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World’ Comes West in October

YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. Character Trailer - YouTube

Once upon a time, there was a Japanese game publisher named ELF. They were known for two things, broadly speaking: making porn games for computers, and making porn games for computers that were sometimes worth playing. The best of the bunch often got slightly sanitized releases on home consoles. YU-NO was one of those. A visual novel with an outstandingly ambitious storyline involving parallel worlds, YU-NO was a pretty big seller on computers and an even bigger seller in its SEGA Saturn release. In a sense, its expansive storytelling makes it a great-grandfather to games like Steins;Gate. ELF is no longer with us, but modern VN publisher 5pb has picked up the rights to many of its games, including YU-NO. A remake was produced for a number of platforms including the Switch, and it is that version that will finally see an English release on October 1st of this year via Spike Chunsoft. The Day One Edition will also include a goofy little 8-bit style action game for free. Oh, and no porn in this one. Sorry.

Previews

Hands-On with ‘Super Cane Magic Zero’

I don’t do a lot of previews here, but I’ve been given the go-ahead to talk a little about Super Cane Magic Zero ahead of its release next Thursday. So yes, let’s talk about this game. It’s a weird one, for sure. I’ve seen it compared to tons of different games, including Diablo, Secret of Mana, and even Zombies Ate My Neighbors. If I tilt my head just right, I suppose I can see most of those. It’s a top-down action-RPG with a wild multiplayer mode, and the frantic pace and silly vibe certainly do call Zombies Ate My Neighbors to mind. But I’m going to throw yet another reference in the pile, because the game this really reminds me of is Herc’s Adventures.

That game was something of a spiritual successor to Zombies Ate My Neighbors, adding more persistence and a bit of an RPG feel to the proceedings while still remaining very much a zippy arcade-style game. And that’s what Super Cane Magic Zero feels like. You and up to three of your friends make your way through procedurally-generated maps, thwacking away at enemies while looting and throwing everything that isn’t nailed down. There is a little light puzzle-solving, frequently involving switches, but it’s mostly a game about staying alive while you navigate your way to the goal. And like Herc’s Adventures, it’s pretty fun with one player but even better as you pull more people in.

Besides the fun gameplay, the most obvious thing about Super Cane Magic Zero is that it’s wackier than a bag of cats. Knowing that this is something of an RPG, you may find yourself carefully paying attention to the opening story bits. If you’re like me, it’ll take you all of five minutes to realize none of it matters and it’s all just an excuse to be randomly weird. Not everything lands, but if you like absurd humor, you’ll really be pleased here. The off-the-wall sense of humor permeates every aspect of the game, from items to gear to skill trees.

Anyway, I’ll be doing a full review of the game when it releases, so I don’t want to give away too much right now. If you’re looking for an extremely silly, slightly breezy action-RPG to play with your friends, you’ll probably want to keep an eye on Super Magic Cane Zero. As mentioned, this will be out on May 30th for $24.99, but is currently enjoying a 10% discount leading up to the release.

New Releases Heroine Anthem Zero: Episode One ($12.99)

This is a story-heavy side-scrolling platformer with some light adventure elements. It has one of those eShop descriptions where you can tell right away you’re going to be in for a lot of jargon-heavy text, and all you can really do is hope that it leads somewhere interesting. And, well, it doesn’t really pull that off. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that in both narrative and mechanics this game is almost the definition of nothing special. The visuals are pretty nice though, as is the soundtrack, and if you like your cute fanservice girls you’ll get your fill here. Otherwise, it’s long-winded in terms of story, abbreviated in terms of gameplay, and just kind of so-so overall.

Star Sky ($4.99)

This is quite literally a walking simulator, so if you’re looking for the next Mega Man or what-have-you, it’s best to just move along. The idea here is that you are walking forwards along a path, and at certain points you can stop and get an event scene. You have to pay careful attention to notice the cues that indicate a cut-scene, though. This is another rather short game, but it’s quite possible to miss scenes on your first playthrough and you’ll likely have to play it a few times to see everything. Even so, I suspect you’ll only get an hour or two out of the game at best. But it’s a very chill hour or two with some interesting story bits, if nothing else. For a fiver, it’s not a bad pick-up for those who enjoy what I typically call “experience games".

My Lovely Daughter ($14.99)

Well, this is probably the most disturbing Switch game I’ve seen yet. You play as an alchemist named Faust who has lost his memory. He wakes up only to find that his precious daughter is dead, and he turns to some very dark arts indeed to try to bring her back. Her soul can only be restored by harvesting soul energy from homonculi, and they in turn need to be developed properly to generate good results in that regard. But everything costs a lot of money, so the homonculi must be put to work. You create them, you raise them, they serve your cause, and when the time comes, you have to kill them. The game leans hard into this, really trying to make the player feel bad. And maybe you should. Not the most engaging of games mechanically, as it’s most a time management deal with some light sim elements, but the story certainly stands apart from most Switch games. If you like your tales dark and troubled, you may want to pick this one up.

American Fugitive ($19.99)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

There’s little doubt that the shift in perspective from top-down to street-level made a huge difference in Grand Theft Auto‘s fortunes, but I feel like there were a few things lost in the process, too. That’s part of why I enjoyed the heck out of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and it’s also a big part of why I think American Fugitive is a terrific game. You play a man who gets thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. When the chance comes to find out who was really behind the nasty deed, our hero makes a break for it. The main goal is to find out who framed you and why they did what they did, but in typical GTA-style game fashion there are plenty of fun distractions along the way. I’ll be doing a full review of this one soon, but suffice it to say that if you liked the top-down GTA games at all, you’ll want to get this.

Wonder Boy Returns Remix ($14.99)

What is the Switch going to do with all these Wonder Boys? First we had a great remake of Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon’s Trap. Then we had the amazing spiritual successor Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. The SEGA AGES lineup is about to add Wonder Boy in Monster Land. And now we’ve got a remake of the original Wonder Boy, also known as the one before the series went all adventure game-like. This game was of course re-imagined by Hudson and kicked off its Adventure Island series, but I find that the original still has a fair bit of cachet with a certain group of retro game fans. And here it is, kind of. This is partly a remake, partly a new game. One thing the developers didn’t properly nail down, however, is the play control. There’s something a little off about this game, and although it’s reasonably playable anyway, Wonder Boy veterans are probably going to be pretty turned off by it.

Sales

It being the day that it is, I’m sure I’ll be waking up to anywhere between fifty and a hundred new sales that weren’t here when I wrote this. But as I cannot predict the future, we have to go with what’s here, and what’s here is not much. A pre-order discount on Brothers, and a few other sales. At the very least, Switch ‘N’ Shoot is really fun and although that discount isn’t much, the normal price isn’t high at all. So I recommend that. Lots of good stuff in the outbox as well. I’ll give my personal nods to Death Road to Canada and Iron Crypticle, but there are plenty of other good games in there depending on your tastes.

New Games on Sale

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($13.49 from $14.99 until 5/28)
60 Seconds! ($3.99 from $9.99 until 5/29)
Switch ‘N’ Shoot ($4.13 from $4.59 until 5/29)
Dexteritrip ($1.99 from $6.99 until 6/10)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Friday, May 24th

Aqua TV ($5.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/24)
Black Hole ($3.95 from $5.99 until 5/24)
Breakforcist Battle ($5.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Cabela’s: The Hunt ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/24)
Death Road to Canada ($8.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)
Defense Grid 2 ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)
Disco Dodgeball ($3.74 from $14.99 until 5/24)
forma.8 ($3.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Furi ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)
Golf Peaks ($3.49 from $4.99 until 5/24)
Guns, Gore and Cannoli ($6.69 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 ($8.70 from $12.99 until 5/24)
Iron Crypticle ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)


Membrane ($0.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
New Star Manager ($11.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)
Squids Odyssey ($4.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)
Surgeon Simulator CPR ($7.79 from $12.99 until 5/24)
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)
Thumper ($4.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)
Tricky Towers ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)
Urban Trial Playground ($5.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)
Waking Violet ($2.79 from $6.99 until 5/24)

That’ll do it for today, I think. Tomorrow’s SwitchArcade Round-Up will cover the stragglers and Friday’s new releases, along with whatever news and sales come about. I’m also hoping to have at least one review ready to go, but we’ll have to see how things shake out. As always, thanks for reading!

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PUBG Mobile (Free) Season 7 is currently live with a new Royale Pass. While Patch 0.12.5 hit recently, the team has gone on to announce a huge (literally) crossover with Godzilla: King of the Monster ahead of its theatrical release. Today, 0.13.0 gets a beta with a brand new mode for PUBG Mobile and a host of fixes and changes.

The new game mode is Team Deathmatch for PUBG Mobile. This is playable in first and third person perspective. This beta also adds new control settings for first person gameplay and an MVP display in results. Movement in the snow will now leave tracks. The Survive Till Dawn gets the Tyrant, Licker, and more removed while 4 new zombies have been added. The Abandoned Factory has been added with a new boss. The downside to this beta is that it is currently Android only. I’ll update this story when the iOS version hits.

If you do play PUBG Mobile, we have a dedicated channel in our Discord for it. Make sure to join our Discord channel here to squad up. What do you think of a game of this scale notifying you to take a break or stopping playing for a bit? Read about the upcoming crossover event here.

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You may be familiar with solo indie developer Vincenzo Cosentino aka CViGames by way of his many racing titles released on the App Store over the past several years, most recently the Formula 1-inspired (but not officially licensed!) simulation game Ala Mobile GP ($0.99) which launched in July of last year. And while Ala Mobile GP was an excellent simulation-style game, Cosentino couldn’t help but think back to the classic, more arcade-style racers from the 32-bit era. And when you’re a game developer, you can just MAKE whatever game you have a hankering for! So that’s exactly what he’s doing with new upcoming game Formula Classic, an homage to 32-bit Formula 1-style racers. Check out the trailer.

Formula Classic for iOS and Android, first gameplay - YouTube

As Cosentino puts it regarding Formula Classic, it’s all about “aggressive engine sound and pure performance." I love the sense of speed shown in the trailer, and Formula Classic will offer 15 real-world tracks and 4 different racing modes: Championship, Race Weekend, Race, and Time Attack. It will also include “team radio and some other interesting features" so I look forward to learning what else is in store. No release date has been set yet, but there was a pretty extensive beta test held in our community for Ala Mobile so it’s possible there will be something similar for Formula Classic soon, so be sure to register your interest in the game in our forums and we’ll keep an eye on how this one continues to shape up.

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Heroine Anthem Zero ($2.99) has had an interesting history on iOS. The fantasy adventure that saw its first episode release on PC before getting a PS4 port, actually released on iOS by accident a few months ago. Our old forum thread had a lot of positive impressions for the release that eventually turned into disappointment when the game was pulled. The sadness ended when an official release date was confirmed and Heroine Anthem Zero‘s first episode is now out on iOS as a premiu game. Watch a trailer for it below:

[Heroine Anthem Zero] 2nd Official Trailer - YouTube

Heroine Anthem Zero in its current state includes episode 1 of what the developers call an epic adventure. It is a side scroller with a few control options and looks really nice in motion. The art also looks great so far and I’m on board with that soundtrack. Heroine Anthem Zero features Japanese voice acting only with a few subtitle options. When it comes to difficulty, you can play through on RELAX mode which is the easy story focussed mode or STANDARD mode which is challenging.

[Heroine Anthem Zero] Boss Fight Trailer | PC - YouTube

If you’re interested in getting it, you can buy Heroine Anthem Zero for just $2.99 on the App Store. I say “just" because it costs $9.99 on PC and $12.99 on PS4. It is also releasing on Switch later today and will be priced the same as the PS4 release. My only concern right now is the episodic nature because there is no mention of future episodes on the App Store description right now. Check out our new forum thread for today’s release here.

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Handelabra Studios and Asmadi Games brought One Deck Dungeon ($4.99) to iPad around a year ago. The deck-based dungeon crawler played great on the larger screen but as with most games on iOS, many people aren’t really happy until an iPhone version is released. This is fairly expected given the install base difference and the fact that the iPhone is more portable. The developers announced a universal update for the game earlier this week and that has finally released.

One Deck Dungeon is Shrinking! - YouTube

The iPhone trailer above showcases One Deck Dungeon running on iPhone and this update arrives in time for the 1 year anniversary. If you’ve been holding out for an iPhone version or update, you can now buy and play One Deck Dungeon on iPhone 5 and later or iPod touch 6th generation and later.

One Deck Dungeon is available at $4.99 which is a 50% discount on the regular price. The game has in app purchases for individual expansion cards. It is great to see the universal update finally arrive allowing for portrait play on iPhone as I’ve grown to enjoy portrait games on iPhone more over the last few years. The Dragon Quest ports spoiled me for this. If you already owned One Deck Dungeon on iPad, check your purchase history and know that the App Store sometimes takes a while to show iPad games on your iPhone purchases.

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Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we’ve kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that’s the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week’s new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you’ll be picking up!

Chef League

iTunes Description

Ready to master flavor like a top chef? Get creative, discover ingredients, see your name on the leaderboards, and learn from top chefs along the way.

Chef League is a game of solving flavor problems. In each challenge, chefs explain what a dish needs. Maybe it needs salt, fat, sweetness, a crunch, or spice. Competing against two other players, you choose an ingredient to improve the recipe.

Your flavor designs can win if other players vote for them, or through “AI Chef Coach" scoring, which scores your answers based on over a million descriptive reviews of real recipes. The game was created as a fun way to learn by a scientist at Harvard University who studies flavor and works with chefs to learn how they categorize and improvise taste elements.

Forum Thread: Chef League (by Quale)

City Danger

iTunes Description

Start on a journey through the most important cities of the world (Chicago, New York, Paris, Bucharest, Sydney, Tokyo or London), explore all the continents and save the honor of your construction company. Prove your skill and precision, resolve all levels and challenge your friends with the live score leaderboard. Moreover, find out new things about each city when finishing a level. Learn the geography of the world by playing! City Danger is a one-tap casual, educational game that develops your power of concentration and dexterity by constantly challenging new, harder levels. Find out now how far you can get on your journey around the world!

Forum Thread: City Danger (by Wyverin)

Color Hit

iTunes Description

This free game is about destroying some color targets. After you destroy all targets, game will switch to a higher level. You will shoot color rockets to the spinning targets to destroy them. Be careful about matching the colors! Don’t rush, but be fast in destroying targets. Time your action! And tap to become the game master!

This game is a breaking blocks type of game, but blocks are rotating balls! When you become the master of this game, you will pass levels fast, and easily jump to higher levels! Whenever you feel the game is easy for you, try to shoot fast and try to destroy more than one ball in a short time.

Forum Thread: Color Hit (By Artcode)

Colors Breaker!

iTunes Description

Colors Breaker is a super fun game that’s simple to play yet challenging.

Swipe your finger to control the direction of the ball and try to break the colors in the correct order.

Forum Thread: Colors Breaker! (by Kingdom Studios)

Crossbar Kevin

iTunes Description

Kev­in is a young boy that en­joys play­ing foot­ball in the garden. He loves to score goals.

However, his fath­er, Big Mick, feels that is not the best use of his time.

In or­der to hone Kev­in’s skills, dad only wants him to hit the cross bar. If you achieve this then he is happy. If you don’t then he will be pour scorn on your soul!

Are you ready to im­press dad?

Forum Thread: Crossbar Kevin (by JanoGames)

Despotism 3k

iTunes Description

Humanity is enslaved by an AI… which is awesome, because we’re on the right side of the conflict. Exploit puny humans to extract power and build your own empire! You’ll have to keep track of them to make sure they don’t succumb to exhaustion and hunger… although the weakest ones can always be thrown to the Bioreactor.
In other words, this is a resource management sim with rogue-lite elements, dramatic plot, and an abundance of pop culture references. Also, jokes. Slaughter has never been so fun!

Forum Thread: Despotism 3k (by Nikolai Kuznetsov)

#DRIVE

iTunes Description

#DRIVE is an endless driving videogame inspired by road and action movies from 1970s. As simple as possible, allowing the player to pick a car, pick the place and just hit the road. Just be aware not to hit anything else.

No matter where we drive, no matter what we drive or how fast we drive. We simply chose to drive. And you?

Forum Thread: #DRIVE (by Dariusz Pietrala)

Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia

iTunes Description

Evolution shall go on: the cult sci-fi hit now has the long-awaited sequel! The history that reveals the Universe of Utopia from a new point of view awaits you.
The second episode still boasts the unique atmosphere of the Evolution that won over millions of players. The gameplay also underwent a revolutionary change: Evolution 2 is an explosive mix of top-down third-party shooter, action, strategy and RPG!

Forum Thread: Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia (by MY COM)

Final Spectrum

iTunes Description

Choose your character and prepare for battle. FINAL SPECTRUM is a Mobile Action Mini-Game where you must protect your home town from waves of unrelenting monsters. Will you survive?

Forum Thread: Final Spectrum (by RL7 Animation Games)

Fort Sumter: Secession Crisis

iTunes Description

Can you drive the Secessionist into the Fort Sumter trap that gave Lincoln his historic victory? Can you successfully use the issue of States Rights to divide Northern opinion? Fort Sumter let’s you explore this seminal moment in American history in a fast-playing, easy-to-learn game.

The country is on the verge of being torn apart so how will you act? Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis is set during the events that led to the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War. The game takes the side of either a Unionist or Secessionist who must work to preserve the Union or follow the path to dissolve it.

Each player uses an area control mechanic to place, move, and remove political capital. The location of political capital determines who controls each of the four crisis dimensions – Political, Secession, Public Opinion, and Armaments. After three rounds of play, the game culminates in a Final Crisis confrontation.

Forum Thread: Fort Sumter: Secession Crisis (by Playdek)

Frane: Dragon’s Odyssey

iTunes Description

Kunah, a boy from the fire dragon tribe is one day summoned by the god that reigns over the world above, Vanneth, and is told to bring Escude, a lost girl from the angel clan back to Vanneth. With his childhood friend, Riel, the daughter of the ice dragon chief, he follows after the missing girl and sets out for the vast world below the clouds only to find mysterious and fun adventures.

Take on enemies by making use of weapons and magic in different situation in quick-paced action battles! Explore dungeons, craft items, upgrade weapons, cook dishes and enjoy your quest with a variety of original and colorful characters awaiting during your adventure!

Forum Thread: Frane: Dragon’s Odyssey (Kemco/CxC)

Galaxy Striker Corps

iTunes Description

In the far galaxy, two big power"The Light Force" and “Dark Axis" are constantly war. The Light Force- Star League, composition the Galaxy Striker Corps to attack the Dark Axis army! Your goal is destroy all Dark Axis army spacecraft!

Forum Thread: Galaxy Striker Corps (by BennyBird)

Garbage Pail Kids: The Game

iTunes Description

Garbage Pail Kids, the mischievous icons of the 80s, are back and ready to battle! Build a team of your favorite cards with original characters released by Topps in the 1980s and beyond. Fully animated like never before, these crazy kids will fight with everything they’ve got— lasers, spray paint, dance moves, nuclear weapons, and anything they can spit, spew, or hurl.

Forum Thread: Garbage Pail Kids: The Game (by TOPPS/Jago Studios)

The Gardens Between

iTunes Description

Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Together they embark on an emotional journey that examines the significance of their friendship: the memories they’ve built, what must be let go, and what should never be left behind.

Lost in a mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable, the friends find that time flows in all directions. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their significant moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative.

Forum Thread: The Gardens Between (by The Voxel Agents)

GravityMan

iTunes Description

You are lost in space and nobody can hear you scream, but fortunately you have a SUPER GAGDET that INVERTS GRAVITY to help you solve the puzzle and escape the space ship alive!
Navigate the levels by using gravity, walls, rolling carpets, portals, and propellers while avoiding lasers!

Forum Thread: GravityMan (by AR Entertainment)

Hyperspace Asteroids

iTunes Description

Are you ready for a hyperspace adventure? Guide your spaceship through a storm of asteroids. Don’t get hit by one! To steer, tilt your phone left and right.

Grab power ups to boost you through the asteroids.

The longer you survive, the more points you will earn!

Forum Thread: Hyperspace Asteroids (by Ryan Weaver)

Kepler Attack

iTunes Description

Kepler Attack is an arcade game for your Apple Watch. Fly through space and destroy waves of alien invaders from Kepler-452b.

Forum Thread: Kepler Attack for Apple Watch (by Red Sprite Studios)

Layer Up

iTunes Description

Arrange layers to reveal the hidden image. Merge colors and match shapes in this extraordinary art puzzle using a unique “stained glass" gameplay. Simple and intuitive controls.

No ads and no IAPs. No locked levels so no worries about advancing past a difficult level. Just select a level and experience hours and hours of relaxing and satisfying art puzzle fun.

Collect all the beautiful art for your Layer Up Art Gallery by completing levels. Be challenged as the difficulty level increases as more layers are added to these individually hand-crafted puzzles. Puzzles range from 2-layers (easy) to 5-layers (difficult).

Forum Thread: Layer Up (by Steve Snyder)

Slashy Road

iTunes Description

Slash objects in order to clear the road!
Cut only white shapes because all others will destroy your car.

Create a path with the satisfying action of cutting through shapes with relaxed swipe controls.

Forum Thread: Slashy Road (by KasSanity)

Solar Explorer: New Dawn

iTunes Description

Earth resources are dwindling and tensions are rising around the globe. All nations of the world have united in a historic effort to colonize the worlds of the Inner Solar System and bring our civilization into the Solar Era. As the absolute best of the best, bravest of the brave and most awesome of the awesome, you are the humanity’s best and last hope. No pressure.

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Talisman: Origins

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This new adaptation of the Talisman board game focuses on solo play as you adventure through many epic quests using the full rule-set of the Revised 4th Edition. Experience the origins of historic events in the world of Talisman, such as the creation of the Crown of Command, the return of the dragons, the Ifrit war and the rise of the guilds.

Take control of 12 Talisman characters, including the new Great Wizard exclusive to this game, as they battle to save the land from dragon invasions, double-crossing devils, mysterious guilds and more. OR, play as the bad guy! Bring on the dragon invasion! Destroy sacred chapels! Protect the dungeon from heroic invaders!

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During the 2018 Global Game Jam, a team of developers created a game called Buddy System where you’d send commands to your fleet of robots to get them to move around a gridded playfield and end up on their individual charging stations. The twist is that all of the robots in each level would respond to your commands simultaneously, and move in whichever direction they were facing. This meant you’d have to think well ahead to ensure that all of the robots would get to where they need to go using the same set of commands. It was a clever concept, and one of the developers from that Global Game Jam team, Joe Sycalik, decided to found a studio called Jadeus Games and create a super polished and greatly expanded version of Buddy System which he’s calling Bewildebots. Check out what it’s all about in the following trailer.

Bewildebots Release Date Trailer - YouTube

As you can see, directing up to ten robots at once is a tricky endeavor, and Bewildebots will come equipped with a whopping 300 different levels to figure out. Various types of floor tiles, or just straight up holes in the floor, will need to be contended with to get your robots to their ultimate goal. Bewildebots is also hoping to tick all the boxes of features that premium mobile gamers are looking for. It’ll be a fully paid title at $3.99 with no ads or IAP, can be played with just one hand and works in both portrait and landscape modes, and doesn’t require an internet connection to play. The developer himself says “Bewildebots has been meticulously designed to be the type of premium experience mobile gamers are asking for." So if that describes you, get your four dollars ready and plunk them down when Bewildebots arrives on the App Store in a couple of weeks on June 4th.

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Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 22nd, 2019. It’s the middle of the week and on the one hand that means that new releases and new sales are largely scarce. On the other hand, it also means that we have some interesting news to check out. And it’s not like there are no new releases. Why, there are two very defensible new games out today. You’ll also want to check the massive list of sales ending soon to make sure you grabbed everything you wanted. Let’s go for broke!

News

‘Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons’ Hits Switch Next Week with New Co-Op Mode

The innovative action/adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons will be coming to the Switch really soon. Like, “next week" soon. It’ll be coming May 28th at a price of $14.99, and like many games there is a discount if you pre-order it. So what’s new in this version? One cool thing is that you can play the game with a second player controlling the other brother. It kind of messes with the narrative point, but oh well, it’s fun. This version of the game also includes a director’s commentary. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of this one for reasons I went into when I reviewed the mobile version, but lots of people think very highly of it so you may want to check it out anyway.

‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution’ Heads West this August

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution – It’s Time to Duel Trailer - YouTube

Konami has significantly scaled back its game development, but its more reliable moneymakers are still doing the rounds. And one of those is Yu-Gi-Oh!, a card game that people pegged as a fad back when it launched something like two decades ago. The latest video game version of the card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, will be making its way to the West in the late summer. Specifically, August 20th. You can buy it digitally of course, but if you pre-order the physical version you can apparently get a few cards for the actual physical card game. It looks like it does what it sets out to do, allowing you to play through a story mode or battle against other human players with over 900 cards available.

The Excellent ‘A Robot Named Fight’ Gets a Big Update This Friday

If you love Super Metroid and you’ve never played A Robot Named Fight, you really need to do something about that. It marries roguelike elements to a game that plays a lot like Super Metroid to create something that absolutely shouldn’t work and yet does. A new update is due later this week, adding a new area, new enemies, some new items, and a robot dog sidekick named Up Dog. The new version will also generate maps differently to reduce repetition and predictability. All very good stuff. To go with the update, the game will be going on sale from May 24th to June 3rd. You’ll be able to grab the game at a 40% discount, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, maybe wait a couple of days.

The Latest ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Event is Taking it Easy

Yes, it is Wednesday once again. And in addition to it being the midpoint of the week, it’s also when we get information on the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event. Wouldn’t you know it? Here it is! The theme this time is Spirit Shield Slowdown. Rather than having certain spirits appear more often, this one sees the roulette at the end of battles move more slowly, making it easier to choose when to stop it. You’ll earn three times the amount of Spirit Points during this event as well. Like always, this event kicks off this Friday and runs through the weekend.

New Releases Gunlord X ($9.99)

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Gunlord has a bit of an odd history. Technically, this is an enhanced version of a game that released on the NEOGEO and Dreamcast. But don’t go rifling through your childhood memories trying to find this game. I mean, I guess if you’re in high school you could. But this was one of those indie games that released on those platforms long after they had passed from the market, so if you don’t know it, don’t worry. Anyway, this is a really cool run-and-gun game in the vein of stuff like Turrican and Contra. I haven’t played this new version, but I did play the original and it was definitely a lot of fun. I expect this will not be different in that regard.

The Last Door – Complete Edition ($14.99)

This is an atmospheric horror adventure game that originally released in a chapter-based format on mobile. It contains all eight episodes as any good Complete Edition should. I don’t know. If you want my honest opinion, I was never all that fussed about The Last Door. It’s okay, and it sets its mood well, but as an overall experience I found that it was pretty good at the start and just went downhill from there. That said, I know a ton of people that really like this, so don’t just take my word on it. And while it’s more expensive here than it is on mobile, it’s cheaper on Switch than it is on Steam. So I suppose that all balances out. Anyway, if you’re looking for some kind of adventure game and are into Lovecraft-style settings, you could probably do a lot worse than this.

Sales

Woo, check out those new sales! Okay, by the time you read this I’m sure more sales will have kicked off, but as I write this we’ve got just a few new discounts, and none of them are very exciting. Now, the outbox is a different story. Tons of sales are ending tomorrow, and I can’t possibly highlight everything worthwhile. So I’ll just point at a few: Bastion, Okami HD, Guacamelee! 2, The Messenger, Minecraft, Owlboy, SteamWorld Di… you know what? This isn’t working. Just go through the list. You could fill a year’s worth of backlog with the number of great games on discount and still have more to buy. Have fun making those hard choices!

New Games on Sale

Dream Alone ($2.99 from $9.99 until 6/10)
Exorder ($3.89 from $12.99 until 6/10)
Happy Words ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/29)
Super Arcade Soccer ($4.89 from $6.99 until 6/10)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Thursday, May 23rd

1001 Ultimate Mahjong 2 ($3.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
6180 the Moon ($2.79 from $3.99 until 5/23)
A Normal Lost Phone ($3.59 from $5.99 until 5/23)
Aegis Defenders ($10.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Agatha Knife ($8.39 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story ($3.59 from $5.99 until 5/23)
Art of Balance ($5.99 from $8.99 until 5/23)
Back to Bed ($3.99 from $4.99 until 5/23)
Bad North ($11.24 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Bastion ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Battle Princess Madelyn ($11.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Beach Buggy Racing ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Beat Cop ($11.24 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Black and White Bushido ($9.10 from $13.00 until 5/23)
Black Paradox ($11.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)


Bombslinger ($5.99 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Bridge Constructor Portal ($8.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Bring Them Home ($4.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Burly Men at Sea ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Bury Me, My Love ($3.49 from $4.99 until 5/23)
Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle ($11.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Caveblazers ($11.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Chicken Assassin: Reloaded ($5.59 from $7.99 until 5/23)
ClusterPuck 99 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Dandara ($6.74 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Darkest Dungeon ($17.49 from $24.99 until 5/23)
Deru – The Art of Cooperation ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Desert Child ($9.59 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Detention ($7.79 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Dimension Drive ($6.49 from $12.99 until 5/23)


Draw a Stickman: Epic 2 ($0.99 from $6.99 until 5/23)
Dying: Reborn ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Earth Atlantis ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Fast RMX ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Fill-a-Pix: Phil’s Epic Adventure ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/23)
Flowlines VS ($3.49 from $4.99 until 5/23)
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Glass Masquerade ($5.99 from $11.99 until 5/23)
GoNNER ($2.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Green Game: TimeSwapper ($0.89 from $2.99 until 5/23)
Guacamelee! 2 ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo ($8.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Hell Warders ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 ($11.69 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Hover ($12.49 from $24.99 until 5/23)


Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Jotun: Valhalla Edition ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Julie’s Sweets ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Kingdom: New Lands ($4.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 ($9.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Knights of Pen and Paper 2 ($10.99 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle ($19.99 from $22.49 until 5/23)
Lost Phones Stories ($5.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Mega Man 11 ($23.99 from $29.99 until 5/23)
Mega Man Legacy Collection ($9.89 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection ($14.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 ($14.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Minecraft ($19.99 from $29.99 until 5/23)


Monster Energy Supercross ($17.99 from $59.99 until 5/23)
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate ($29.99 from $59.99 until 5/23)
Muddledash ($4.19 from $5.99 until 5/23)
Mutant Mudds Collection ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
NeuroVoider ($6.99 from $13.99 until 5/23)
Nippon Marathon ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Odallus: The Dark Call ($5.99 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Okami HD ($14.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Old School Musical ($7.99 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Oniken: Unstoppable Edition ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Owlboy ($14.99 from $24.99 until 5/23)
Pankapu ($5.99 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Party Crashers ($7.50 from $15.00 until 5/23)
Party Golf ($3.75 from $15.00 until 5/23)
Pic-a-Pix Deluxe ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/23)


Pic-a-Pix Pieces ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/23)
Preventive Strike ($1.79 from $1.99 until 5/23)
Project Nimbus: Complete ($17.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
RAZED ($5.99 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Resident Evil Revelations ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Resident Evil Revelations 2 ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
RiME ($14.99 from $29.99 until 5/23)
Riptide GP: Renegade ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Severed ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Shape of the World ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Shio ($7.79 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Shu ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Skee-Ball ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
SkyScrappers ($6.49 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Snow Battle Princes Sayuki ($7.50 from $15.00 until 5/23)


Soccer Slammers ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
SpiritSphere DX ($4.00 from $10.00 until 5/23)
Splash Blast Panic ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Splasher ($5.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Star Sky ($2.49 from $4.99 until 5/23)
STAY ($8.39 from $11.99 until 5/23)
Steamburg ($2.99 from $4.99 until 5/23)
SteamWorld Dig ($2.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
SteamWorld Dig 2 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition ($5.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Steredenn: Binary Stars ($4.99 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection ($25.99 from $39.99 until 5/23)
Subsurface Circular ($4.79 from $5.99 until 5/23)
Suicide Guy ($3.99 from $7.99 until 5/23)
Suicide Guy: Sleepin’ Deeply ($2.99 from $5.99 until 5/23)


Sundered: Eldritch Edition ($11.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
Super Rocket Shootout ($2.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Super Volley Blast ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
The Bug Butcher ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/23)
The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
The Messenger ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)
The Next Penelope ($2.99 from $12.99 until 5/23)
The Shapeshifting Detective ($7.79 from $12.99 until 5/23)
Tokyo School Life ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Totes the Goat ($0.99 from $4.99 until 5/23)
Valthirian Arc: Hero School Story ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Wandersong ($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)


Western 1849 Reloaded ($3.19 from $7.99 until 5/23)
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Whispering Willows ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
White Night ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Wizard of Legend ($10.39 from $15.99 until 5/23)
Woodle Tree Adventures ($2.49 from $4.99 until 5/23)
Word Puzzles by POWGI ($5.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Word Search by POWGI ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/23)
Word Sudoku by POWGI ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/23)
Xeodrifter ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)
Yono and the Celestial Elephants ($5.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Zombie Night Terror ($10.99 from $14.99 until 5/23)
Zotrix: Solar Division ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)

That’s all for today, friends. In tomorrow’s SwitchArcade Round-Up, we’ll be checking out the many Thursday new releases, almost certainly dealing with a ton of new sales, and naturally digging into whatever news we can find. And if all is quiet, there could be a review. Stranger things have happened! As always, thanks for reading!

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