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Reviews Featuring ‘Circus Electrique’ and ‘Catmaze’, Plus New Releases and the Latest Sales – TouchArcade

Hello light readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September twelfth, 2022. In at this time’s article, I’ve put collectively a number of evaluations for you. From Zen Studios, we’ve received Circus Electrique, an intriguing turn-based RPG with a weird theme. Next, I take a look at Ratalaika’s console conversion of the Metroidvania recreation Catmaze. Finally, I get radical with a assessment of QUByte’s Radical Rex: QUByte Classics. There are a few new releases to summarize, and an honest listing of recent gross sales to comb via. Let’s get into it!

Reviews & Mini-Views

Circus Electrique ($19.99)

I’ve performed a number of Darkest Dungeon and a number of video games impressed by Darkest Dungeon. So a lot that the essential novelty of the idea simply isn’t very thrilling for me anymore. A recreation has to do one thing bizarre to get me to return to that dinner desk once more, and if I can grant Circus Electrique something, I can say that it does some bizarre stuff. The characters are bizarre. The enemies are bizarre. The setting is bizarre. The undeniable fact that I’m making an attempt to handle a circus on this turn-based RPG is bizarre. The dialogue… generally it’s bizarre. Sometimes not. The battle system is not so bizarre, so long as you’ve performed the aforementioned Darkest Dungeon.

For all of the strangeness of the sport, the gameplay feels a little bit too abnormal. The circus administration factor is straightforward sufficient to get your head round, and after that it’s simply one other turn-based RPG. Look at how the abilities for every character mesh with the others, determine the way you wish to strategy every encounter based mostly on the enemies you’re dealing with, degree up every character’s stats and expertise, and take a look at to not die. There’s a little bit of extra useful resource administration because of the mild circus simulation, however nothing you may’t kind out in pretty brief order. Multiple issue settings imply which you could attempt to discover a degree of problem that fits you, however the hole between every is maybe a bit wider than it ought to ideally be.

Unless you’re fully burned out on the Darkest Dungeon number of RPG, you’ll most likely discover one thing to love in Circus Electrique. The theme is unusual sufficient to catch your consideration, the mechanics are strong, and the added gameplay parts don’t wreck something with their presence. The second to second dialogue is well-written, however the story as a complete might have been extra fascinating. I additionally suppose the issue curve may very well be a little bit smoother. Otherwise, it’s a considerably uncommon tackle an idea that’s turning into a bit well-worn by now, and value testing for followers of the style.

SwitchArcade Score: 3.5/5

Catmaze ($9.99)

Time to write down a really unhelpful abstract to begin this little assessment off with. Here we go: Catmaze is what you get when somebody decides they wish to make a standard ol’ Metroidvania and correctly makes one, no extra and no much less. Aside from its charming Slavic mythology theme and better-than-average story, it doesn’t do a lot to face out from the extremely packed crowd. At the identical time, it doesn’t do something badly both. The controls are superb. The map layouts are partaking sufficient. The pacing is about the place it must be. The bosses are, for probably the most half, respectable. The worst factor I can say about it’s that a number of the makes an attempt to interrupt up the usual gameplay don’t work as properly I might have most popular.

If you need a strong however not spectacular Metroidvania-style recreation that received’t allow you to down or knock your socks off, Catmaze does the job. I don’t see myself returning to all of it that usually, however I don’t remorse enjoying via it within the least. In a style with so many alternative working components, I suppose I’ve to offer this one a little bit additional credit score for not dropping the ball in any main manner. It’s a very competent Metroidvania-style recreation, even when it isn’t particularly thrilling.

SwitchArcade Score: 3.5/5

Radical Rex: QUByte Classics ($7.99)

QUByte has introduced a number of of the video games from Piko Interactive’s catalog to fashionable consoles already, and right here’s one other set. While it’s known as Radical Rex, solely one among its two included video games was ever referred to as Radical Rex. The different went underneath many names, however was initially referred to as Baby T-Rex. The former is a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive recreation; the latter a Game Boy recreation. Neither recreation was higher than a 6/10 on its finest day, and I wouldn’t disagree with anybody who felt both was worse than that. Both video games are side-scrolling platformers initially developed by Beam Software on the peak of the “animal mascot with a ‘tude” era of gaming, and apart from some nice animation in Radical Rex there isn’t rather a lot to reward right here.

Making issues worse (someway), QUByte has accomplished these video games a bit soiled. The emulation on the Game Boy recreation is dreadful, with display screen tearing, shimmering, and horrible enter lag. On prime of that, they’ve truly made it so the sport begins from a built-in save state previous the title display screen, presumably to keep away from exhibiting the Baby T-Rex title. The Genesis recreation fares higher, however the audio has some glitches, there are occasional hitches within the gameplay, and there’s a little bit of enter lag. You get the same old choices we’ve seen in all of those QUByte Classics releases, with save states, some filters, management remapping, and some totally different display screen measurement choices.

This is a lower than stellar package deal of two lower than stellar video games. Those who aren’t fussy about emulation accuracy can most likely discover some enjoyable with Radical Rex‘s 16-bit version, but there’s virtually nothing good to say concerning the recreation in its Game Boy type as offered right here. More of a Dubious Dino than a Radical Rex.

SwitchArcade Score: 2.5/5

New Releases

Dead Invaders: Modern War 3D ($6.99)

Another unremarkable shooter from the parents at T-Bull. I feel you’re combating in opposition to zombie aliens? Or possibly they’re lifeless since you’re killing them? It doesn’t matter. Grab your weapon, combat via the streets, and take down bosses. This is a port of a free-to-play Android recreation with an almost similar title, so if you wish to attempt before you purchase you will discover it on the Google Play Store.

Soulsland ($9.99)

If you’re going to make low cost junk video games, I suppose an affordable junk recreation that appears good is best than one which doesn’t. And pals, that is undoubtedly an affordable junk recreation. Get it low cost sufficient and also you may get your cash’s price out of it, however will you get your time’s price from it? Probably not.


(North American eShop, US Prices)

Some unusual alternatives for financial savings on City Connection’s shooters, with Deathsmiles most likely being one of the best of its choices. Ubisoft can also be working a sale on a few of its video games, with the Assassin’s Creed ports hitting new low costs. I might be remiss if I didn’t additionally point out the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD remasters hitting new lows. Lots of fine methods to spend your cash at this time, actually.

Select New Games on Sale

Quarry Truck Simulator ($6.49 from $9.99 till 9/16)
Crossbow Crusade ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/17)
Karma. Incarnation 1 ($4.79 from $11.99 till 9/17)
CATTCH ($2.79 from $6.99 till 9/17)
Yoko & Yuki: Dr Rat’s Revenge ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/17)
Caves & Castles Underworld ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/17)
Die With Glory ($2.79 from $6.99 till 9/17)
Dead Dust ($1.9 9from $4.99 till 9/17)
Boom Blaster ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/17)
Galaxy Shooter ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/17)

Layer Section & Galactic Attack S-Tribute ($23.99 from $29.99 till 9/18)
Gunbird ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Gunbird2 ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Gunbarich ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Samurai Aces ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Samurai Aces III ($7.99 from $9.99 till 9/18)
Tengai ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Strikers1945 ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Strikers1945 II ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Strikers 1945 III ($7.99 from $9.99 till 9/18)
Zero Gunner 2- ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Dragon Blaze ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Sol Divide ($6.39 from $7.99 till 9/18)
Cotton Boomerang Saturn Tribute ($14.39 from $17.99 till 9/18)
Cotton 2 Saturn Tribute ($14.39 from $17.99 till 9/18)
Guardian Force Saturn Tribute ($14.39 from $17.99 till 9/18)
Game Tengoku CruisnMix Special ($14.99 from $29.99 till 9/18)

Deathsmiles I – II ($31.99 from $39.99 till 9/18)
Hot Gimmick Cosplay-jong ($10.00 from $20.00 till 9/18)
Abarenbo Tengu & Zombie Nation ($9.59 from $11.99 till 9/18)
Genetic Disaster ($2.48 from $14.99 till 9/19)
Rabbids: Party of Legend ($29.99 from $39.99 till 9/23)
Family Feud ($9.89 from $29.99 till 9/23)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas ($11.99 from $59.99 till 9/23)
Starlink: BfA Deluxe ($19.99 from $79.99 till 9/23)
Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection ($19.99 from $39.99 till 9/23)
Assassin’s Creed III ($9.99 from $39.99 till 9/23)
Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection ($14.79 from $39.99 till 9/23)
A Robot Named Fight ($1.99 from $12.99 till 9/23)
Crumble ($8.99 from $14.99 till 9/26)
Super Cyborg ($3.49 from $6.99 till 9/27)
Farm Tycoon ($9.99 from $19.99 till 9/30)

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD ($14.99 from $29.99 till 9/30)
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2 HD ($14.99 from $29.99 till 9/30)
Bit Dungeon Plus ($2.06 from $8.99 till 9/30)
Catmaze ($7.99 from $9.99 till 9/30)
Car Dealer Driver ($4.99 from $9.99 till 9/30)
An American Werewolf in LA ($2.49 from $4.99 till 9/30)
Elena Temple: Definitive ($1.99 from $4.99 till 10/1)
Towertale ($1.99 from $9.99 till 10/1)
Grand Guilds ($1.99 from $19.99 till 10/1)
High Noon Revolver ($1.99 from $2.99 till 10/1)
Gnome More War ($1.99 from $2.99 till 10/1)
Discolored ($3.49 from $9.99 till 10/2)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Tuesday, September thirteenth

Boreal Blade ($1.99 from $3.99 till 9/13)
Colsword ($1.99 from $4.00 till 9/13)
Dead by Daylight ($11.99 from $29.99 till 9/13)
Dead by Daylight Killer Expansion ($23.99 from $29.99 till 9/13)
Dead by Daylight Survivor Expansion ($23.99 from $29.99 till 9/13)
Dead by Daylight Ultimate Edition ($48.99 from $69.99 till 9/13)
Dead by Daylight, Various DLC Packs ($3.99 from $7.99 till 9/13)
Gum+ ($1.99 from $7.99 till 9/13)
RIVE: Ultimate Edition ($1.99 from $14.99 till 9/13)
Shadow Gangs ($17.99 from $23.99 till 9/13)
Strange Field Football ($2.00 from $6.99 till 9/13)
Swap This! ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/13)
Swords & Soldiers ($1.99 from $7.49 till 9/13)
Toki Tori ($1.99 from $4.99 till 9/13)
Toki Tori 2+ ($1.99 from $14.99 till 9/13)
Trine 2: Complete Story ($4.24 from $16.99 till 9/13)
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power ($4.99 from $19.99 till 9/13)
Trine Enchanted Edition ($3.74 from $14.99 till 9/13)
Wildbus ($2.00 from $6.99 till 9/13)

That’s all for at this time, pals. We’ll be again tomorrow with a pair extra evaluations, some new launch summaries, and no matter new gross sales and information objects come alongside within the interim. Now, if you happen to’ll excuse me, I’ve some Splatoon 3 to get again to. I hope you all have a implausible Monday, and as all the time, thanks for studying!



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