SMG Studio’sDeath Squared made the rounds for consoles and PC back in the beginning of 2017, and it was well received. Today it has released on the Play Store, which means Android users can finally see what all the fuss was about. There is no doubt that this is a well thought-out puzzle game that includes both a single-player and co-op experience for its main campaign, but the question remains, is it a good port?
Death Squared [$ 6.99] is a perfect example of how I believe the Switch/Mobile dichotomy can positively affect the App Store. While at its heart a relatively straightforward puzzle caper, Death Squaredexuded charm in every detail, and conjured up an impressive Portal-esque feel with its presentation and polish. However, while the game achieved significant success on the Switch, its premium mobile release has proven to be slightly less profitable. Even though its $ 6.99 price point was still a substantial saving on its console brother, Death Squared failed to make a splash when it launched on the App Store in February. In an attempt to reach an even greater audience with their latest creation, developer SMG Studios has announced that an Android version of Death Squared will launch this weekend, which will coincide with a $ 3.99 sale for the title across its mobile platforms.
I’m a huge fan of SMG’s content across all platforms, with the likes of Thumb Drift [Free] and One More Bounce [Free] nailing the compromise between a successful free-to-play monetisation with enticing and substantial gameplay. Death Squared really felt like a huge step up for the studio, and so seeing it not perform as well as the developers may have hoped is disappointing, if somewhat predictable. I really hope that SMG manage to keep up their impressive run of essential App Store titles in the future, even if they take a guise similar to their slightly older releases. The co-op puzzle action of Death Squared is a lot of fun, whether on iPhone, Switch or soon to be Android, and at a $ 3.99 price point I can definitely recommend giving the game a look, especially for anyone lamenting the steady demise of free-to-play mobile games. Check out Death Squared on Android later this week, and let us know your impressions of any version of the title on our forum thread.
Welcome to the March 8th SwitchArcade Roundup, covering the latest Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales! There’s a whole lot going on in and around the Switch world today, before Nintendo drops their Direct, which is happening at 5:00 PM EST/4:00 PM CST/2:00 PM PST. You can watch via the embedded player below. We’ve got 10 new games to check out today, a few intriguing news items, and a sale on SMG’s fun Death Squared to check out. Let’s quit wasting time and get into the good stuff.
Activision reveals Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but not for Switch?
After being teased on James Harden’s hat, Black Ops 4 (stylized with Roman numerals as IIII, and not IV, though that shield logo actually looks kinda neat) was confirmed by Activision. While the teaser has some noteworthy details, such as zombies being back, as is the awesome remote control drone, there’s not a whole lot to glean from this trailer other than it’s a new Call of Duty game. The reveal happens on May 17th, and the game releases on October 12th, much earlier than the standard November release window for Call of Duty games. The announcement doesn’t mention the Switch yet, but there’s no reason why today’s Nintendo Direct might not mention it, or it gets confirmed at a later date. Or maybe some kind of Call of Duty will hit the system soon.
I’m curious to see what the reaction to this one is. Call of Duty: WW2 kinda saved the franchise by going back to boots on the ground, but the competitive CoD crew has started to shift over to Fortnite. Will CoD add a battle royale mode to compensate? I’m down for it. I will appreciate the irony if I get laid off from a company that went big into competitive Call of Duty, back to writing for TouchArcade…and then Call of Duty comes to the Switch. So far, it isn’t, but I hope it does!
Daylight Studios’ eccentric Holy Potatoes games are getting Switch ports courtesy of Rising Star Games. Shop management game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! hits this spring, with the space-based Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! hitting in the summer, with Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!, the game where you torture the potato-y damned by cooking them into recipes, hits this autumn. Yeah, that last game is real. While the games have historically worked best with mouse or touch controls, controller support is coming to the Switch ports so you can play on the TV. Preferably while eating some potato products.
Lozenge Lab’s turn-based puzzle game where you help a swimmer cross a pool without hitting any other swimmers will dive on the eShop on March 20th. We enjoyed this one on mobile, so if you want this one on Switch, you only have a couple of weeks to wait. It’ll run you $ 5.99 on the eShop.
This multiplayer puzzle game hit mobile not too long ago, but if you want to play with friends using a joy-con each, or to play in the game’s four player levels, you can do so at a 20% discount, as the game’s on sale for $ 11.99 until March 13th. Don’t let that death counter scare you, y’all have this! Unless your friends are idiots that can’t listen to your instructions, I suppose.
The awesome roguelike shoot ’em up is out now on the Switch, and if you loved the game on other platforms, you should consider picking this one up on Switch. Ships now have a special ability (the default ship has a sword), there are new weapons, and the all-important co-op mode! The game is still really tough, and it seems a bit faster than the mobile version I’m accustomed to, but playing with physical controls all the time is a big help. Also, you can play a particular seed with the ship of your choice from the beginning, though some of the modes only unlock after you play so many times.
I love everything about the game: the challenge, the replayability, the fun and unorthodox weapons, and of course, the metal soundtrack. But if you want to listen to something else while you play, may I recommend some appropriate space metal: Vektor’s Terminal Redux? Much of what I wrote in my mobile version applies to this version, and I definitely recommend playing Steredenn on Switch either again or for the first time. Getting back into this myself has been a ton of fun.
You thought the iPhone jumping from 8 to 10 was bad? How about World Conqueror jumping from 4 to 10? It might actually just be the letter X this time, but don’t get in the way of my jokes. This is a World War II turn-based strategy game where you can undergo missions from the Axis and Allied forces, or build up your own empire from one of 20 countries in the Conquest mode. You can use touch controls or the controller, depending on how you prefer to play. Slitherine’s not on the Switch yet, so EasyTech’s World Conqueror X is gonna be the way to go if you want some turn-based strategic warfare on your Switch.
Need more fast-paced, high-ranking chasing action on your Switch? After publishing Bleed not too long ago, Digerati now has Bleed 2, just a month after the game’s console release (and a year after the Steam release). You use a sword and a ton of ammo to shoot a ton of enemies, and fight a ton of boss fights. And then you get ranked for how fast, how much damage, and how much style you had in killing everything. Get that S rank, folks. I dug the original Bleed, this might be worth checking out!
It’s really weird to think that the late 1990s are so far in the past that now game developers are making unabashed tributes to games from that time. While the game saw release in 2017 with the Festival of Magic subtitle, this release is what they’re calling the “Shouldhavebeen Edition” with a massively overhauled story, side quests, and improved visuals. The other versions get all this new content the same time as the Switch release, so unfortunately, older reviews for other platforms might not represent what the current experience is like. Hopefully it’s a much better game!
Dolores Entertainment publishes this popular mobile roguelike action game onto the Switch. The big addition here from the mobile version is couch co-op for up to four players! That sounds like a good reason to check this one out again if you’ve already played one of the mobile versions.
Awesome Games Studio brings their game where you control a massive zombie horde to the Switch. Ever wonder where the endless amounts of zombies from other games came from? Apparently, they came from I, Zombie (not to be confused with the TV show iZombie), as you have to turn humans and command them to build giant hordes. There’s a level editor in the game if you desire more content or want to start creating things for yourself. I mean, there’s no Super Mario Maker on the Switch yet…
D3 Publisher brings this visual novel to Switch, and it might just be the sexiest game available on the Switch, by far. As the description states, “Once at the banquet, you find yourself presented with men so beautiful you can scarcely believe they’re of this world. They beguile you with tempting eyes and practiced movements.” One of the men has an eyepatch. This game is possibly TOO SEXY. Unrelated question: can you play this one with a single Joy-Con?
Only one game this week, HAMSTER? I’m disappointed. Here’s the 1995 entry into the Fatal Fury series, which makes the controls only have three attack buttons, while adding in the front, middle, and back lanes from Fatal Fury 3, so you can dodge attacks just by changing lanes. Sounds interesting! It’s hard to go wrong with an SNK fighter, if you’re into the genre and can pull off some of the ridiculous joystick motions required to do super moves in SNK’s titles.
Ratalaika Games drops a golf-inspired game onto the Switch. You launch the eponymous fairy, Midnight, around different levels, trying to avoid hazards like spikes and saws. Those are things that professional golfers rarely have to deal with, but you’re gonna have to deal with ’em. You’ll try to get three stars on the game’s 70 levels, using either touch controls or the joystick to aim and launch yourself.
After the recent EU release, now the US gets this version of Peter Molyneux’s game where you explore a trail, and steadily discover the world and build up a community in Eden Falls, while interacting with other players exploring the trail. You can also get a pet dog, which is the key here. It is funny seeing what are essentially mobile ports like these getting regular-priced Switch releases. Hmm!
It’s that time of week once again where we round up all the best new games of the past seven days. It’s a relatively “light” week this week, insomuch that in the world of mobile that still means a dozen and a half games. Some of this week’s earlier arrivals we were able to put through their paces already so be sure to check out our review of Florence as well as our review of Death Squared, both of which we enjoyed a lot. And then check out the full list of all the rest of this week’s new games below and let us know which ones you’ve got your eye on.
Bolt Riley – A Reggae Adventure
Become a Jamaican Reggae legend in an adventure game co-designed by Corey and Lori Cole (Creators of Quest for Glory series).
Bolt Riley is a a classic 2D point and click Jamaican Reggae adventure game where you play as Bolt Riley, a poor boy from Trenchtown, Jamaica, on his pathway to stardom. Bolt is struggling to survive and has to deal with a gang of Rude Boys.
Fire through a pixel art universe to a retro soundtrack and sound effects that are inspired by the old-school arcade game era. Players can cycle through multiple game modes and choose between ten unique ships with varying fire rates and bullet speeds, meaning no one game will ever be the same!
From a team of former Blizzard & Riot developers comes the most delicious tower defense game! Help Eggperor Shellemane and the Eggbirds keep their cakes safe from an onslaught of persistent insects. The game begins when you place your tasty cake castle on the map. Choose carefully; there are armies of ants on their way to steal a slice! After that, it’s time to plan your strategy. Build your maze to outsmart the mischievous ants and protect your prized cake. Use watermelon slingshots and frosting guns to thwart the onslaught of bees, rocket snails, and ants on scooters!
Your fantasies come true! Explore that strange, fantastic, mystic world. Soak up the atmosphere of the dark fairy-tale. Little light beam needs your help. So become a light – fight with darkness. Your way will be hard, but don’t be afraid of anything. Till your light shines – you can make it!
Have you got the lightning reflexes needed to master FLO? A fast action, one-tap game where you harness gravity to gain speed.
– Travel above the horizon to pick up speed as you roll down. – Travel below the horizon to pick up speed as you roll up. – Dodge the mines and splash through the horizon by tapping on impact. – Tap and hold to glide past obstacles. – Smash through score walls set by your Facebook friends. – Losing momentum brings the Wall of Death ever closer. If it engulfs you, it’s game over. – FLO is a beautiful game experience with music tracks by UK Hardcore act Fracus & Darwin.
Florence is an interactive storybook from the award-winning lead designer of Monument Valley about the heart-racing highs and heartbreaking lows of a young woman’s very first love.
Florence Yeoh feels a little… stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world and herself.
Experience every beat of Florence and Krish’s relationship through a series of mini-game vignettes – from flirting to fighting, from helping each other grow… to growing apart. Drawing inspiration from ‘slice of life’ graphic novels and webcomics, Florence is an intimate and unforgettable story.
Official app of the board game by AJ Porfirio and Van Ryder Games. In Hostage Negotiator, you play the part of a law enforcement agent responsible for negotiating the release of hostages taken by an unscrupulous figure hell-bent on having his or her demands met.
Each turn in the game represents a conversation between you and the hostage taker. You’ll play cards and roll dice to increase conversation points, decrease the threat level, and release hostages. Hostage Negotiator uses a unique “hand-building” mechanism that puts cards you purchase directly in your hand for next turn rather than leaving you wondering when the cards will show up like in deck-building games.
In Hostage Negotiator there are multiple paths to victory, but the hostage taker has other plans. Will you try to calm him and get him to surrender? Will you stall and bide your time before sending in the team for a major extraction? How many hostages will you save? These are many of the exciting decisions you will make in a game of Hostage Negotiator!
Side scroll jump Cat action game.Let’s not get out of the screen while manipulating the cat while avoiding the enemy! let’s collect coins and power up. Let’s gather treasure of the world by opening a treasure box. Tap to jump. Swipe left or right to move in that direction! Be huge and counterattack!
TRY ILLEGAL TRAFFIC RACING IN THE CITY THAT NEVER FALLS ASLEEP! Arghhh! Speed up, racer! Tap as fast as you can in this racing clicker if you want to compete in one of the most luxurious cities in the world! Find yourself among the best drivers and enjoy the amazing view of Dubai. Gorgeous skyscrapers, the newest achievements of modern arabic architecture, loudly riverside, challenging highways and roads with cliffs, on which YOU SIMPLY can’t make any mistakes. It’s time to race out!
This futuristic racing sports game, equips players with demolition derby like boosted vehicles that can be smashed into the soccer ball for amazing action-packed goals. Breathtaking graphics and ultra realistic car physics will test your racing soccer skills to the max!
Play trivia with your friends and family via iMessage! Choose between 6 categories! Win by getting more questions correct than your friend. Each question has three possible answers, but only one of them is correct. Be careful, you only have 10 seconds to correctly answer each question!
Hey it’s International Book Giving Day, which is a great way to unload all those old books you move from apartment to apartment while looking super generous at the same time! Once you’ve finished doing that, you can relax and play some of the new iOS games that have hit our forums this week. The biggest two releases are probably Death Squared and Florence (which we already reviewed). These initial roundup posts are getting a little weird because of the whole preorder thing, so make sure you check out full listing later in the evening where we catch all that stuff as it hits the App Store.
After bringing out tons of mobile hits like Thumb Drift, Over The Top Tower Defense, and the One More Line/Jump/Bounce series, Australian developer SMG Studio entered the console realm last year with the release of Death Squared on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Death Squared is a block-moving puzzler not unlike many we’ve seen before, except here you’re moving multiple boxes simultaneously and you’ll need to do so in a way that doesn’t trigger a sudden death trap that will destroy one of the blocks, rendering a level failed. On its own Death Squared is a clever and challenging puzzler, but where it really shines is in its cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players. This was especially true of the Nintendo Switch version with its detachable controllers and tabletop mode. Well, it’s been close to a year since Death Squared first launched and SMG is bringing things full circle with a release for iOS. Check out this extremely high-budget trailer touting the virtues of Death Squared on iOS. These guys spared no expense!
Content-wise everything from the console version of Death Squared is making its way to the iOS version, including more than 80 levels of story-driven (and fully voiced!) campaign mode as well as 10 additional levels in the Vault Mode which “are almost too hard for human consumption.” One thing that isn’t making its way over, which isn’t that surprising, is the 4-player mode. However, Death Squared on iOS will still retain an element of multiplayer as you can easily play with two players on the same device, since on each side of the screen is a virtual stick that will control one of the blocks. SMG even recommends “snuggling up close to your +1 and playing together” and with the iOS version set to launch on February 14th, aka Valentine’s Day, that sounds like quite the romantic idea. Android folks don’t have to feel left out as a version is planned for that platform too, but it’s currently still in the works. iOS folks, though, find yourself someone you can get intimately close to and try not to destroy each other when Death Squared hits the App Store February 14th.