Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for January 13th, 2023. It’s the end of the week, and we’ve got several new releases to look at before it heads off into the record books. Honestly, it feels more like a mop-up today. Not a whole lot of exciting stuff in the line-up. We summarize it all anyway, because that is what we do around here. After that, it’s the list of new sales and all of the discounts set to expire over the weekend. Let’s get to business!
Go Rally ($20.00)
Oh hey, I recognize this one. These overhead racers are always neat, and I think it’s a good way to approach rally racing in particular. This one has a full career mode with one hundred tracks set in various locations around the world. You also have a wide selection of vehicles to choose from and can customize their paint to give them a slightly personal touch. The only rub is that you can get this on your mobile device for three bucks, and I’m not really seeing what makes up the other seventeen dollars here because it sure seems to be the same game. Try it on your iPhone or iPad first and I guess if you love it enough to have it on your Switch as well, then let fly.
DUSK ’82 ($4.99)
This was previously available as some kind of pre-order bonus for DUSK or something, I think. Anyway, here it is separately. It’s an 8-bit style action-puzzler that uses a lot of familiar elements from DUSK but presented in a very different fashion. It’s pretty decent if you’re into this genre, and the five dollar price is just right.
Salamander County Public Television ($7.99)
You’ve been hired to work at a public television station, but somehow everyone except you and a couple of other people has disappeared. It falls to you to keep the station running, and that involves playing twenty-five weird minigames. The game description is very proud to point out that almost everything is a stock photo, which I think absolutely works for that public television feel. If you’re looking for something odd today, this might be your ticket.
Dragon Fury ($24.99)
For a second I thought this might be a reissue of the Genesis/Mega Drive pinball game of a similar name, and I got a bit excited. I would pay twenty-five bucks for that. I don’t know if I would do the same for what this actually is. It’s a one-on-one fighting game with what initially seems to be a massive roster of characters to choose from. Unfortunately, it’s mostly cosmetic. There are only a small number of moves shared amongst the generic aliens, vampires, pirates, and so on. At least it has support for two players via local multiplayer. I honestly wasn’t sure that feature would be there when I first looked at this.
Explore the remnants of a mysterious culture, solving puzzles and piecing together clues in this first-person adventure. Reviews on other platforms are not particularly good, with many citing the repetitive nature of the main puzzle type and the generally obtuse nature of the game. I haven’t played it myself yet, but with that price tag you may want to go read the words of someone who has if you’re thinking of buying it.
Escape room games probably need some kind of gimmick to stand out these days, and this one definitely has an eye-catching one. It’s an actual indie NES game running on the Switch and it looks and sounds the part, but it plays more or less like a modern escape room adventure. Collect items, solve puzzles, and enjoy the atmosphere. I’ve mostly had my fill of this type of game at the moment, but I will admit that the presentation speaks to me here.
Pixel Game Maker Series BombMachine Gunzohg ($5.99)
A fairly straightforward side-scrolling action game for one or two players via local multiplayer. There’s an emphasis on getting through stages quickly, and there are some secret goodies to find for those who go digging around. Your mechanized character’s moves are powered by its energy, so you have to make sure you don’t use it carelessly or you could wind up in a pinch. Seems pleasant enough for the price.
Puzzle by Nikoli S Heyawake ($4.99)
Another interesting puzzle game in the Nikoli S series from Hamster. This type of puzzle is called Heyawake, which roughly translates to “room division”. You have to color in spaces in each room according to the number, following some specific rules. It’s a little tricky to get the hang of at first, but it works really well once you do. It’s also rather novel. I don’t think we have any other puzzlers of this type on the eShop, and that’s not something I get to say often these days.
Snake Game ($3.99)
Well, it’s Snake. Four different variants, but all of them Snake. Eat the bits that appear, don’t run into your tail. You know it, I know it, but I need to get this paragraph just a little longer so it doesn’t mess up my formatting. There we go.
(North American eShop, US Prices)
As Friday sales lists go, this one is fairly bland. Still, there are some good discounts in there depending on your tastes. WRC 9 runs like a dog but for four bucks some folks will get a lot out of it. Tinykin‘s cheaper than it has ever been, and it’s a must-have for 3D platformer fans. Not too much in the weekend outbox to fuss about, but if you’re looking to pick up The House of Da Vinci 2 now is probably the moment.
Select New Games on Sale
Super Crush KO ($3.70 from $14.99 until 1/20)
X-Force Genesis ($2.00 from $7.00 until 1/20)
Lone Ruin ($13.49 from $14.99 until 1/26)
SkateBIRD ($4.99 from $19.99 until 1/27)
Chasing Static ($11.99 from $14.99 until 1/30)
Legendary Eleven ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/31)
Hunting Simulator ($3.99 from $39.99 until 2/1)
Hunting Simulator 2: BH Edition ($14.99 from $49.99 until 2/1)
My Little Riding Champion ($8.99 from $29.99 until 2/1)
Tennis World Tour ($2.99 from $29.99 until 2/1)
V-Rally 4 ($14.99 from $49.99 until 2/1)
WRC 9 Official Game ($3.99 from $39.99 until 2/1)
Roguebook ($12.49 from $24.99 until 2/1)
Cricket 22 ($24.99 from $49.99 until 2/1)
Crysis Remastered ($11.99 from $29.99 until 2/1)
Crysis Remastered Trilogy ($27.49 from $49.99 until 2/1)
SpiderHeck ($11.99 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Tinykin ($19.99 from $24.99 until 2/2)
Justice Sucks ($15.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Maze Blaze ($1.99 from $9.99 until 2/2)
Trash Sailors ($9.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Undungeon ($9.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Strikey Sisters ($2.99 from $9.99 until 2/2)
Kuukiyomi 3 ($2.49 from $4.99 until 2/2)
Streets of Rogue ($9.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Hello Neighbor ($9.99 from $39.99 until 2/2)
Totally Reliable Deliv. Service ($7.49 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Party Hard ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Party Hard 2 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Mr Shifty ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Graveyard Keeper ($9.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Graveyard Keeper UC Edition ($19.99 from $39.99 until 2/2)
SpeedRunners (43.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
The Final Station ($4.99 from $19.99 until 2/2)
Community Inc ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Kill It With Fire ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Phantom Trigger ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Punch Club ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Clustertruck ($3.74 from $14.99 until 2/2)
Sales Ending This Weekend
Cats Puzzle ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/14)
The House of Da Vinci 2 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 1/14)
Adventure Field 4 ($3.99 from $9.99 until 1/15)
Demon Hunter: Ascendance ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Demon Hunter: Revelation ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Demon Hunter: RoL ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Lost Grimoires 3 TFW ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Lost Grimoires 3: SoM ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Lost Grimoires Stolen Kingdom ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/15)
Paper Cut Mansion ($15.99 from $19.99 until 1/15)
Project Knight 2: DoS ($3.59 from $8.99 until 1/15)
West Water ($4.39 from $10.99 until 1/15)
WorldWide Flight Simulator ($17.49 from $24.99 until 1/15)
That’s all for today and this week, friends. We’ll be back next week with a pretty darned exciting assortment of new games. Two Personas! Personae? Fire Emblem Engage! Some other things that I can’t remember because I am too excited about Fire Emblem! Plus all the usual reviews, sales, and other things we’ve come to enjoy on this journey we take together. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!