Welcome back to Matt’s Picks of the Day. Today is Thursday, October 12th, and it was a fairly significant day for Nintendo Switch releases. Let’s take a look at what was released today.
Perhaps the most significant release of the day is Fully Illustrated and Darkwind Media’s beautiful arcade-style beat-’em-up Wulverblade. The game sees players take on the role of one of three Britons who are leading the charge in an attempt to drive the Romans off of their land. Combat is fast-paced and gory, allowing arms and heads that are chopped off of enemies to be thrown at other enemies. It also boasts a cinematic story, two-player co-op, and a ton of facts about the history of various items and locations that are seen in the game.
While I’ve yet to complete the game, I’ve had a lot of fun with it thus far. Those who are interested can find my impressions of the first five levels here.
Wulverblade is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $19.99. PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions are set to be released sometime in the next month or so.
10tons’ flagship title, the fast-paced cyberpunk roguelite top-down shooter Neon Chrome, made its way to Nintendo Switch today. The game sees up to four player fight side-by-side as they work to take down the overseer of an evil corporation. The game boasts procedurally generated levels, destructible environments, and an assortment of bosses to fight.
Neon Chrome is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $14.99.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants
Neckbolt’s adorable action-adventure game Yono and the Celestial Elephants launched today. The game follows the elephant Yono, who is the latest in a line of celestial beings that protect the world and work to keep the peace. However, he’s a bit young and doesn’t have much experience in the ways of the world.
I reviewed Yono for the site earlier this week and found that it was enjoyable, but also quite easy and lacking the sort of progression systems that one might look for in this type of game. You can find my full review here.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants is now available on Steam, GOG, and the Nintendo Switch eShop for $14.99. In a first for the platform, it is also available as a day one release on the subscription service Utomik.
88 Heroes: 98 Heroes Edition
Bitmap Bureau’s fast-paced platformer 88 Heroes: 98 Heroes Edition debuted on Nintendo Switch today. The game sees players attempt to stop Dr. H8 from destroying the world using the “strangest, dumbest, and most pointless superheroes ever.” In order to achieve this goal, they will need to complete 88 levels in 88 seconds each or a total of 88 minutes. This version of the game boasts 98 heroes, rather than the 88 seen in the original version of the game, which act as lives of sorts.
88 Heroes: 98 Heroes Edition is now available in stores and on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $29.95.
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
The Molasses Flood’s post-societal roguelite The Flame in the Flood made its way to Switch today as The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition. In it, players take on the role of a girl named Scout, who must make her way down a procedurally-generated river on a raft, stopping off at key locations to try and find the resources that she needs to survive. In addition to all of the content from the original version of the game, the Complete Edition boasts “various gameplay enhancements and a Director’s Commentary mode.”
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $14.99.
JetCat Games’ helicopter-focused aerial combat game Heliborne left Early Access and officially launched today. The game allows players to take part in battles on six different maps based on various key locations where battles were fought during various wars using more than 40 helicopters from the 1950’s all the way up to the 2000’s. A realistic flight model with “over 70 different factors influencing the aircraft during flight” offers an authentic flight experience. Single-player, four-player co-op, and 16-player competitive multiplayer are all supported.
Heliborne is now available on Steam for $24.99.
Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition
Rohan Narang’s beat-’em-up Squareboy vs. Bullies launched on Nintendo Switch today as Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition. The game follows Squareboy as he attempts to punish the bullies of the world for the sake of justice. The Arena edition brings with it two-player co-op, new Bullies, a new Arena mode, and a revamped UI that fills the entire screen.
Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $4.99.
Tiny Force Deluxe
Sinergia Studios’ Tiny Force Deluxe is an interesting mix of turn-based strategy games, slingshot games like Angry Birds, pinball, and a touch of RPG progression. The game is an expanded version of a mobile game called Tiny Force that has been adapted for PC. In it, you assemble a team of characters that you then launch at another team of characters and watch bounce around the arena, dealing damage as they hit them. There are 30 characters in all, each of which has its own “special abilities” and can be evolved as you play. The game also boasts five worlds worth of levels to play through, complete with boss battles, and both local and online competitive multiplayer.
Tiny Force Deluxe is now available on Steam for $5.99.