Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for May 28th! Things are looking quite different around here, wouldn’t you say? We’ve got the long-awaited new design here on TouchArcade. Of course, since the site was down on Friday, we have some new releases and sales to catch you up upon before all of this week’s new titles, so get out your wallets and buy stuff before new stuff comes along and makes you forget about this stuff. Because you need more Switch games. You don’t have enough Switch games. You will never have enough Switch games.
Dungeon Rushers ($14.99)
This game combines top-down dungeon crawling, with turn-based RPG combat. You have roguelike-style elements in the dungeon crawling, finding items and events as you uncover new parts of the dungeon and go on further quests. But then, the combat has you dealing with enemies in turn-based fashion, with a whole party with different abilities and items to use in battle. Check out the review of the iOS version for more details on this one.
I’ve wanted to play this game for a while! It never ran well on my iPad Air 2, but the Switch version is the perfect time to check it out. This is a dual-stick roguelike shooter that takes place in a wireframe environment. Destroy all enemies to unlock the next level, and find upgrades as you go. It’s a fast-paced shooter, and it’s really simple to play: one stick moves, the other shoots, that’s it. It’s rather refreshing to not have to master some kind of special ability, just shoot and maneuver with exceptional skill.
PixelJunk Monsters 2 ($14.99)
It’s been a busy May for Q-Games’ PixelJunk series, as not only is Eden Obscura out on iOS, but another game in this eclectic series releases on Switch. This tower defense game has you playing as Tikiman, trying to defend your Chibis and Tiki Hut by running around and laying down towers to defend against the invading creatrues. What’s cool is that the game supports cooperative multiplayer for up to four players, and you can even do so online! Huzzah!
Jumping Joe & Friends ($4.99)
The developers of Robonauts and Astro Bears Party deliver the kind of endless jumper you’d expect to see on mobile, but here on the Switch with multiplayer for up to four players. High scores and surviving longer than your friends while jumping upward through ever more perilous levels is the name of the game here, with four-player local splitscreen play, including the rarely-seen three player vertical split! This one is half off if you own Pirates: All Aboard!, Astro Bears Party, or Robonauts. In particular, Robonauts has been $1.99 before, so that investment worked out if you want this game!
Jurassic Pinball ($1.99)
With the official Jurassic World pinball tables from Zen Studios in Pinball FX, be alert: this isn’t one of those as a standalone game. It is pinball and there are dinosaurs, but it looks like kind of a basic table. Still, I guess it’s $1.99 if it catches your fancy?
Mecha Storm ($19.99)
This game of fighting robots made an interesting left turn. It was planned for mobile, and is actually available in unreleased form on Google Play. Yet, here we are, and the game gets a $19.99 full release on the Switch. This will be interesting to see if other games copy this idea. I know Galaxy on Fire 3 just added a premium IAP on iOS that seems similar to the Switch release, but will other games, seeing greener pastures on the Switch, try a rebalanced release on that platform? It might be worth the risk!
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood ($14.99)
Artifex Mundi’s hidden object game Engimatis 2 comes to the Switch. I’m not sure why they chose this one, when there’s a prequel not on the eShop, and there’s a final game in the trilogy also available, but hey, here we are. You have to find hidden objects and solve puzzles while dealing with a mysterious prisoner in the forest. I’m not sure how much not playing the first game will affect you here, but it does look like it has some gorgeous art for a hidden object/point-and-click adventure.
SteamWorld Dig ($7.49 from $14.99 until June 7)
SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition ($14.99 from $19.99 until June 7)
SteamWorld Dig 2 ($14.99 from $19.99 until June 7)
Image and Form put their rad selection of Switch games on sale again. These are the same discounts as the previous sale, so you’re not saving any extra or less if you waited. SteamWorld Dig has you digging through the world, collecting updates and resources to let you dig further and discover more. SteamWorld Dig 2 delivers more of a Metroidvania take on the idea of digging, and is one of the most acclaimed games on the Switch. SteamWorld Heist is a physics-based turn-based strategy game where you have to shoot at proper angles and plan your shots carefully in order to complete your missions. All these games are extremely good, and worth adding to your library.
Axiom Verge ($16.99 from $19.99 until May 30)
This awesome Metroidvania is on sale once again, not too long after it went on sale for 10%, so if you waited…you save an extra dollar! I actually just picked up the Multiverse Edition at Best Buy on a whim when I was using some reward points on an eShop card, and while it’s $20 more, it comes with a making-of documentary for the game’s lengthy development, the soundtrack on CD, an art book, and a poster with a world map and item locations! I wanted a permanent copy of this gem, and this package is well, well worth it.
Wulverblade ($13.39 from $19.99 until May 31)
This violent beat ’em up, which has you playing as ancient Brits fighting off the Romans, is a gorgeous two-dimensional beat ’em up. It’s also a freshly-updated game, with some tweaks to make the game less frustrating and improve performance. And it’s on sale for the occasion!
ITS OFFICIAL! The #Wulverblade Switch patch is NOW LIVE and rammed with new stuff!
1. All new Easy Mode
2. Boss Checkpoints
3. All new BEAST MODE!
4. Performance boosts
5. Little bug fixes
And even better…ITS ON SALE IN THE US ESHOP NOW! pic.twitter.com/Rz9bH7LGNY
— Fully Illustrated (@michaelheald) May 24, 2018
Appropriately enough with a new era of TouchArcade, I’ve improved the way that I track eShop sales, so I can more easily provide you relevant info on sales that are ending imminently. You just missed out on these sales that ended today or this weekend.
- Infernium ($18.71 from $24.95 until May 26)
- Grid Mania ($1.99 from $3.99 until May 26)
- Mad Carnage ($2.49 from $4.99 until May 26)
- Tactical Mind ($1.49 from $2.99 until May 26)
- Bouncy Bob ($2.99 from $4.99 until May 27)
- Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure DELUXE ($10.49 from $14.99 until May 27)
- One More Dungeon ($6.39 from $7.99 until May 27)
- One Eyed Kutkh ($3.99 from $4.99 until May 28)
- Crypt of the NecroDancer ($14.99 from $19.99 until May 28)
- Tumblestone ($4.94 from $14.99 until May 28)
And these sales end by sometime on Tuesday, the 29th. Sales, a lot like releases, happen at seemingly-random times of day, so buy them today!
60 Seconds! ($2.49 from $9.99 until May 29)
This is a “dark comedy atomic adventure," as your goal is to try and collect materials in the short amount of time you have to collect materials, and then making smart decisions when you’re in the bunker to keep you and your family alive. Because what’s the point of living if you, the almighty patriarch, are not in complete control and alive in this scenario?!
Plague Road ($1.99 from $15 until May 29)
Another “are we making Luc Bernard go hungry" level of discount. This fantasy adventure (narrated by Jim Sterling, Thank God For Him) has you playing through procedurally-generated environments, assembling a team of survivors to help fight off the plague ravaging the land. Combat takes place in a gridded battlefield (it’s not hexagonal, so sorry, it’s not a real game) with turn-based strategy elements, and the artwork is absurdly detailed. For $2, definitely worth adding to your backlog!
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