The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Three (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Three on the Switch. The third and final entry of this point-and-click adventure game series brings Bwana’s story to a close. Chapter Three more or less assumes you’ve played the first two chapters already, as it tosses you right into the thick of the story. Bwana, Kito, and Lina finally learn what the Armando Power Company is planning and split up to put an end to their nefarious plans. It’s a noticeably more story-driven this time around, with a greater focus on lore, more cutscenes, and a story that feels epic despite being shorter than Chapter Two. Unfortunately, if you play these games for their gameplay, you migh... »

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter Two (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter Two on the Switch. The second entry in this point-and-click adventure game trilogy picks up where Chapter One left off, with Bwana, Kito, and Lina in a bit of a predicament after their ill-judged escape in Bwana’s plane. While there are a few different locations in this one, the bulk of the game takes place in Port Artue, where the trio is detained by the corrupt police because of the book they have. Despite a more serious tone to the story, The Journey Down: Chapter Two is still filled with humorous moments and a new selection of wacky characters to interact with. The characters and backgrounds mesh better this time around and ha... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 23

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 23

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this day in video game history for the entire week and pick out some great Nintendo game anniversaries to celebrate. July 1 – Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 is released. After starting out on the DS, the Trauma Center series moved briefly to the Wii, but returned to the DS for Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 on July 1, 2008. It improved the graphics and gameplay compared to its predecessor and was well-received. One more game was released a couple years later, but since then the series has been quiet. July 3 – Theatrhythm Final Fantasy comes west. Many Final Fantasy fans love the series’ music, so may... »

Inside (Review)

Inside (Review)

We received a review code for Inside on the Switch. Inside is an unusual game, a dark puzzle-platformer that raises questions almost immediately. It gives no context, but instead immediately puts you in the role of a boy traveling through a forest while avoiding guards. You must solve environmental puzzles in order to progress, while elements of stealth and even horror also come into play since you’re entirely vulnerable. Unlike its predecessor, Limbo, difficult puzzles aren’t the centerpiece here. It features puzzles that might take you some time to think through, and there are plenty of ways to die (mitigated by a forgiving checkpoint system), but both of these aspects take a b... »

July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July is here, and with the new month comes a new set of announcements and updates (and quite a lot of them, in fact). Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations We missed it in the rush of E3 news, but in addition to Grim Fandango Remastered, Broken Age is coming to the Switch. Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix has been announced for the Switch and PS4, telling a separate story in the Mercenaries Saga series. A job listing has revealed that Square Enix’s Business Division 8 is working on an action RPG for the Switch and PS4. The Darius Cozmic Collection has been announced for Japan, bringi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Welcome to Issue 22 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go through Nintendo’s history to see which video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s take a look… June 24 and 25 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE comes to the west. One of the most overlooked Wii U titles, the confusingly-named Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE came to North America and Europe on June 24, 2016 and a day later in Australasia regions. Already controversial due to not being what fans expected from a Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover, it didn’t sell well despite a fairly good reception, and remains one of the titles we’d love to see given a second chance on the Switch. June 26 ... »

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter One on the Switch. This point-and-click adventure game game draws on Afro-Caribbean inspiration, most noticeably in its character designs, which are based on African masks. While the main character’s mask-like face occasionally makes him look stiff, I got used to it pretty quickly, although some areas do have a jarring difference between the 3D character models and 2D backgrounds. The soundtrack also deserves a mention, as the catchy music helps set the scene. The Journey Down: Chapter One begins with a hint of a conspiracy, as a sinister organization hunts for an important book, but then shifts to focus on a run-down gas station ... »

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