It’s time for yet another Matt’s Picks of the Day. Today is Tuesday, October 10th, and today was a good day in terms of releases. Let’s take a look.
Tiny Barbarian DX
StarQuail Games Tiny Barbarian DX launched on Nintendo Switch today and, for the first time since its initial release back in 2013, the full game is included. The long-awaited third and fourth chapters of the game are available now as part of the Switch release, with an update for the PC version set to introduce them in the very near future. The Switch version also features an exclusive co-op mode, which allows two players to work together hack and slash their way through the entire game.
Tiny Barbarian DX is now available in stores and on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.99. The PC version, which is set to be updated soon, is available on Steam; despite the fact that it has yet to be updated, it also costs $29.99.
Raiden V: Director’s Cut
Raiden V was originally released as an Xbox One exclusive on May 11, 2016. The game, contrary to all previous entries in the in the series, could only be played as a single-player game, rather than allowing two players to shoot their way through its Story mode cooperatively. That changed today with the release of Raiden V: Director’s Cut on PC and PlayStation 4. The Director’s Cut features all of the content from the original game, including its branching levels, as well as Director’s Cut-exclusive features such as new ships, two new missions, and two-player local co-op.
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Despite its name, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is not the fifth game the series. It is a revamp of CUBETYPE’s doujin bullet hell/fighting game hybrid Touhou Kobuto that was released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita earlier today. While not explicitly explained anywhere, the V is thought to stand for “Vita,” a naming convention that has been used for the Vita versions of other third-party Touhou games that have been released on the system.
I rather enjoyed my time with Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, which I wrote about for the site thanks to receiving a review code from NIS America. It’s fast-paced, uses a simple control scheme that offers a surprising amount of depth, and has resource management elements that keep players from simply spamming the same attacks over and over until they win. You can find the article detailing my thoughts about the Nintendo Switch version of the game here.
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is now available in stores and on the Nintendo Switch eShop and the PlayStation Store for $29.99. You can find the PlayStation 4 version here and the PlayStation Vita version here.
Sharkbomb Studios’ stylish card game/roguelike hybrid Nowhere Prophet entered “First Access” today. This stage of development is meant to be a cross between Early Access and a fundraising campaign, during which time players can get early access to the game and get “special rewards” as a bonus for purchasing the game this early on. The game tasks players with surviving a “procedurally generated wasteland,” managing their convoy and fighting off enemies along the way. Those who survive can “recruit new followers [and] find loot,” as well as make use of the game’s deck building mechanics to build decks that are more suited to the challenges ahead.
Nowhere Prophet is now available on itch.io for a minimum of $19.99.
I hadn’t heard of Deadbeat Heroes before today, but Deadbeat Productions’ 3D brawler intrigues me. In it, one or two players brawl their way through a version of London in which all of its superheroes have been “vanquished” and now Deadbeat Heroes must pick one of ten powers and attempt to stop the city’s “dastardly evil-doers and their rotten plans.” In addition to a limited number of super powers, players can air dash and wall run their way around the game’s version of London. The game also boasts Twith integration, which can make your channel’s stream chat appear in the in-game news ticker, as well as turn those in chat into in-game bad guys; those who show up in-game are later credited in the “end of level credits.”