Hello dear readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for January 17, 2023. In today’s article, we have a review of Joymasher and The Arcade Crew’s slick 16-bit action tribute Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider. After that, there are a few new releases to look at, and the usual lists of new and expiring discounts on the eShop. Not the busiest of days, but the end of the week will make up for that. Let’s get started!
Reviews and thumbnails
Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider ($16.99)
Moon Rider is developer Joymasher’s fourth release on the Nintendo Switch Oniken, Odallusand Flaming chrome. I wish I could say it was right on par with the latter, like Flaming chrome was one of the better attempts at the run-and-gun genre I’ve seen from an indie developer. Moon Rider not rather as well, falling closer to the spectrum Onike and Odallus. That’s not a bad place to be, mind you. After all, those are both good games. A solid piece of weekend entertainment.
While the robot ninja motif quickly calls games like Shinobi, Stepper, Haganeand maybe even Ninja Gaiden to the mind, the bones are more like the Mega Man X series than anything else. After an introductory stage, you can choose what order you tackle the next set of stages in, and defeating the bosses in each stage will give you access to an assortment of additional weapons. You can also find optional upgrades hidden in each stage if you poke around. It is also quite heavy when sprinting and wall climbing. As a tribute to that mighty franchise, it’s an enjoyable one. Unfortunately, it is also just as short as the average X game. You’ll probably finish it in a few hours, even if you try to find everything.
Moon Rider has excellent presentation and the controls are as responsive as you’d hope. The game throws in a lot of fun little twists as you work your way through the stages that always keep things fresh. While it lags a little behind the fantastic Flaming chrome and ends a little earlier than I’d like, this is still a fine classic-style romp that fans of 2D action games will have no qualms about.
SwitchArcade Score: 4/5
Ms. Cat Between Worlds ($4.99)
This is a pretty standard precision platformer, with all the moves and tricks you’d expect. You actually get two games here, each with fifty levels. Avoid the dangers, collect the gems and make your way to the exit on each level. You’re a cat, so at least that counts for something.
CALL AGAIN ($19.99)
This is a puzzle adventure game, but I can’t really figure out exactly how the gameplay works from the description. It’s about manipulating your memories to shape the future, but I’m not sure what that entails. However, it comes from the same developer as the excellent Evan’s Remains, so it’s probably worth looking out for.
Switch sides ($1.00)
This is a hand-held only game where you have to keep rolling your ball for as long as possible and pick up the goobers without falling off the platform. You should switch sides frequently to make sure you don’t roll too far in one direction. It’s a penny.
(North American eShop, US pricing)
Not much in the inbox today. The adorable bullet hell shooter Cosmo dreamer has its first post-release sales, and JellyCar Worlds reaches a new low price. In the outbox, Kairosoft’s latest sale expires along with games like Children of Morta, Moonlighter, and This war of mine. Take a look at both lists; it won’t take much time today.
Select New games on sale
Go rally ($14.99 from $20.00 until 1/21)
Cosmo dreamer ($6.56 from $8.20 until 1/23)
JellyCar Worlds ($6.79 from $7.99 until 1/24)
BOT.vinnik Chess 2 ($2.39 from $2.99 to 1/30)
Shmup collection ($7.49 from $14.99 until 1/30)
wingspan ($9.99 from $19.99 until 1/30)
Find Teddy 2 ($4.99 from $9.99 to 1/30)
beacon pine ($15.99 from $19.99 until 1/30)
A building full of cats ($2.39 from $2.99 to 1/30)
Source Zen ($1.99 from $7.99 until 1/31)
Family man ($7.99 from $19.99 until 2/5)
Railway ($11.69 from $12.99 until 2/6)
Infinity ($1.99 from $12.00 until 2/6)
Touch the artwork ($1.99 from $7.99 until 2/6)
A night at the races ($1.99 from $9.99 until 2/6)
Stand still ($1.99 from $2.99 until 2/6)
Moorhuhn remake ($5.59 from $6.99 until 2/6)
Cosmic top secret ($1.99 from $9.99 until 2/6)
Knights and guns ($1.99 from $14.99 until 2/6)
QQQO ($1.99 from $6.00 until 2/6)
Lidia ($1.99 from $4.00 until 2/6)
Soul Search ($1.99 from $9.99 until 2/6)
Journey of the broken circle ($1.99 from $8.00 until 2/6)
Sale ends tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18
Anime Studio Story ($7.00 from $14.00 until 1/18)
Defeat agent ($1.99 from $14.99 until 1/18)
Broken Universe: Tower Defense ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/18)
Children of Morta ($5.49 from $21.99 until 1/18)
Children of Morta Complete Edition ($9.44 from $26.99 until 1/18)
Flooing ($1.99 from $3.99 until 1/18)
Gem Wizards Tactics ($1.99 from $12.99 until 1/18)
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/18)
Chewing gum+ ($1.99 from $7.99 until 1/18)
Lost in the game ($12.99 from $19.99 until 1/18)
Mega Mall story 2 ($8.40 from $14.00 until 1/18)
hare ($3.74 from $24.99 until 1/18)
Moonlighter: Complete Edition ($5.79 from $28.99 until 1/18)
Ninja village ($7.00 from $14.00 until 1/18)
Oh! Edo cities ($7.00 from $14.00 until 1/18)
OMG police car chase TV ($1.99 from $4.99 until 1/18)
Path of time ($3.19 from $7.99 until 1/18)
Pocket Arcade Story ($8.40 from $14.00 until 1/18)
rivers ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/18)
Rock ‘n Racing off road DX ($1.99 from $9.99 until 1/18)
South of the Circle ($9.09 from $12.99 until 1/18)
Space Raiders in space ($1.99 from $12.99 until 1/18)
Super Arcade Football ($1.99 from $6.99 until 1/18)
This War of Mine: Complete Edition ($1.99 from $39.99 until 1/18)
That’s all for today, friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with more new releases, more sales and maybe some news. I’m going to the fancy hospital again, but I should be back with enough time to make sure we don’t miss a day. I hope you all have a great Tuesday, and as always, thanks for reading!