Monday, 12 March 2018

SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Tesla vs. Lovecraft', 'Everspace', 'OPUS', and More

Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we have a bunch of Nintendo Switch news and eShop sales to discuss! Thankfully, Monday is a slow day for new releases for your dear author, but the releases kick back up in intensity tomorrow. But thankfully, there's plenty to still talk about with a bunch of ports from other platforms announced for the Switch, and some deep discounts on intriguing titles as well! Let's dive right into it, shall we?

News

Tesla vs. Lovecraft on Switch this week

10tons keeps cranking out the fun top-down dual-stick shooters in the vein of Neon Chrome, each with their own unique twists. Their latest, Tesla vs. Lovecraft, has you playing as Nikola Tesla as he tries to fend off Lovecraftian abominations with electric weapons, including the Tesla-Mech! This looks like a lot of fun, and has hordes of enemies akin to 10tons' classic Crimsonland. If you like their selection of games, this should be perfect on the Switch, and you can check it out this Friday, March 16th: the same day as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases.

The original Toki Tori comes to Switch soon

If you played Toki Tori 2+ for Switch and want to see what the original is like, well, good news: the original puzzle-platformer's enhanced version hits the Switch soon, with preorders starting on Wednesday, March 14th. Sometimes, it's tough to go back to prequels after playing the sequel, but Toki Tori has a level-based structure with items to use, so it might just be different enough that it won't feel inferior.

Ravenous Games makes Switch debut with Devious Dungeon

Long-time mobile developer Ravenous Games is making its way to the Switch courtesy of Ratatalka Games, as Devious Dungeon, their roguelike-inspired platformer, is set to release soon. Hopefully this is the first of many games from them to hit the eShop: the League of Evil titles in particular are fun trial platformers, and they deserve another look from a console market.

Everspace coming to Switch

While Galaxy on Fire 3 comes to the Switch soon, people who prefer the first two games are in luck, as former Fishlabs founders at Rockfish Games are bringing their latest space action game, Everspace, to the Switch. [Interestingly, in an interview Rockfish did about the game](http://ift.tt/2DmSx5I, they say that "our mobile gaming background already paid off: Everspace runs super smoothly, and it looks just gorgeous on the device. We still have to optimize the performance when running on the big screen, but we are getting there." No release date announced yet, but there is a retail edition coming on May 29th to PS4, so possibly sometime around then?

OPUS: Rocket of Whispers hits the Switch on March 22nd

Flyhigh Works and Sigono's narrative-driven adventure sequel comes to the Switch next week, with preorders starting on March 15th. You'll be exploring an icy world, trying to build a rocket that will serve as a space burial for the victims of an apocalyptic plague. You'll have a number of items to discover, and new parts of the world to find throughout your journey. This is a different experience from the original OPUS, but if you like narrative-based, atmospheric adventures, this should be up your alley.

Games On Sale

OPUS: The Day We Left Earth

($4 from $5 until March 22nd) Oh hey, what a coincidence. The original OPUS is on sale. Here, you help the robot Emeth use a space telescope to help find Earth, as you discover many other planets throughout the game's galaxy. Wear headphones or use good speakers while playing this as the music really helps to set the mood for this mysterious adventure.

Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back

($2.49 from $4.99 until March 22nd) Again, the nice thing about the Switch is that because it sits at this convergence point between mobile and console gaming, it's a great spot for mobile ports such as Frederic 2. Here, you engage in music duels in rhythm game format, as you play the piano to notes that keep falling down, though you're trying to out-do your opponent while also playing your track. This one has some glorious keytar action, and it's super-cheap.

Tachyon Project

($7.99 from $9.99 until March 19th) If you need a fun dual-stick arena shooter for yourself, Eclipse Games has its glowy shoot 'em up on sale for a few days. While it does boast endless play for high score chasers, the story mode is a unique element that provides a bit structure to the proceedings. Word from reviews is that this one is quite tough, but is a solid entry in the dual-stick shooter genre.

Baseball Riot

($3.99 from $4.99 until March 14th) The nice thing about 10tons is that they release pretty much every single game they make on every platform possible. This physics puzzler has you hitting baseballs around rooms to try and knock out all the targets without having the glove-wielding players just catch the ball, so you have to come up with some tricky angles to hit all your shots. It's a fun, chaotic game, and if you didn't pick it up on any other platform, you can save a buck on the Switch!

Plague Road

($6 from $15 until March 15th) Arcade Distillery is here to bring you a massive sale, as their procedurally-generated strategy-survival game is 60% off for a few days. You rescue survivors from the plague-ridden landscape, either using them as traveling companions to help you in battle against the plague-ridden forces, or to assign them to your farm to help you in your quest to rid the world of the plague. The game features some detailed art and animation as part of its unique visual style, and the game as a whole seems quite intriguing, especially at this low price. On the one hand, I like that the Switch is avoiding the race to the bottom. On the other, I like some huge discounts.

Mecho Tales

($3.99 from $9.99 until March 15th) Remember Mecho Wars, the Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy game? While that game is not on the Switch, the universe continues in Mecho Tales, a chaotic action-platformer that features multiplayer for up to four people at once. Also from Arcade Distillery, it has more of that unique artwork that Plague Road has, and its multiplayer chaos might work well for players that need a new game for when they're entertaining guests. At this massive discount, why not?

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