Hello dear readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade roundup for April 19, 2022. In today’s article, we have a bit of Tetris 99 news to watch before we jump into a full review of the excellent Gotta Protectors: Chariot of Darkness. I loved. We have only one new release to review, this one from Idea Factory Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars, then the usual lists of new sales and expired discounts. Let’s get to work!
It’s Kirby Time in the Upcoming “Tetris 99” Maximus Cup
It’s been a bit since the last Maximus Cup event in Tetris 99, but the next one is finally upon us. Kicking off on Friday and continuing through the weekend as usual, the 29th Maximus Cup celebrates the release of Kirby and the Forgotten Land with a cool new theme that you can unlock permanently by racking up 100 event points over the weekend. The previous two Kirby event themes will also be available for a period of time for a single ticket, and will then enter permanent rotation for thirty tickets.
Reviews and mini-views
Gotta Protectors: Chariot of Darkness ($14.99)
I’m not a person naturally inclined to enjoy base defense games. Never been, really. I enjoyed a few, but it takes a really good one to hold my attention for a very long time. In recent years, one of the ones that I enjoyed the most was We need protectors on the Nintendo 3DS, which was released in North America in July 2016 and apparently flew so far under the radar that hardly anyone detected it. We need protectors itself was a sequel to a cult Xbox Live game, protect me knight. The central idea of these games, and this sequel, is that there is a princess that you must protect from attacking monsters. These monsters are coming in ridiculously massive waves, and you have to use your basic attacks and bonus skills to fend them off.
The intensity of the action is one of the things that separates We need protectors of the package. When the enemies come out in force, this game looks like a 2D pixel art version of the Dynasty Warriors games as much as anything. You’ll take down swarms of enemies with the character of your choice while traversing the map to take care of various objectives. Each of the eight characters brings their own stats and abilities into the fight, and you can unlock more between stages if you have the coins to purchase them. This new episode Chariot of Darkness, increase the volume of everything. More characters, more enemies, more goodies to find, bigger maps, and robust multiplayer that you’ll want to try.
Another great thing that makes We need protectors stand out is that it comes from developer Ancient, which means you can expect great sprite work and an absolutely amazing chiptune soundtrack. If you’re ready to pony up for the DLC, you’ll not only earn more missions and skills for your characters, but also new versions of the soundtrack done in the style of a number of classic consoles. But even if you’re rolling with the 8-bit Nintendo-style soundtrack, it’s a feast for the ears. Combining gameplay, looks, and sound, there really is nothing else quite like this series.
I also have to salute the writing, lovingly localized, which presents an amazing ode to 8-bit games of the 1980s. It’s silly, full of fun references, and overall enjoyable to read. I particularly enjoyed the names of the over nine hundred collectible game cartridges you can find, each named after some classic video game. While these canisters often have similar effects to each other when equipped, I wanted to get them all just to see what names came next. The entire game is full of playful bits that fully shine through in the English script.
There are some changes in Chariot of Darkness compared to its predecessors. The princess is somewhat mobile now, as she rides the tonk-shaped castle to the enemy fortress to destroy it. This adds new dimensions to the gameplay, as you’ll need to flip switches, fill gaps, collect keys to open the path, and more. Each mission involves a handful of maps, and you’ll now level up between those maps instead of being on the fly in combat. Much of the character customization has been simplified, and cash is now even more king than before.
The biggest change is how integrated multiplayer is into the experience. You can still play the whole game solo, of course. It’s not the first We need protectors game with multiplayer, either. But now it’s absolutely easy to bring friends to support you. Local play on a single system, local wireless play, online play… no matter how you want to play with others, it’s all covered here. I tested the game extensively with our friend Mikhail, and despite being located in completely different parts of the world, the blistering action never missed a beat. And it was also a lot of fun.
I loved Gotta Protectors: Chariot of Darkness just as much as the previous game, which is no small feat to repeat. The only knock I can give it is that it can get a bit repetitive if you try to do too much at once, but even that is almost completely mitigated by bringing a buddy or three with you. It’s an enjoyable, tense game with outstanding presentation in every way, and a game worth adding to your Nintendo Switch collection.
SwitchArcade Rating: 4.5/5
Neptunia X SENRAN KAGURA: Ninja Wars ($49.99)
This is a very simple hack-and-slash action game featuring the characters of Neptunia and Senran Kagura. Choose your favorites from ten different playable heroines drawn from games across both series and take on the Steeme Legion and its leader Yoh Gamer for the sake of the world of Gamninjustri. Not a whole lot of depth or art to it, but it’s silly fun that fans of either franchise should enjoy pretty well. I will soon have an opinion.
(North American online store, US prices)
A few good things in the list today. grappling dog has what I think is its first post-launch sale, and it’s fun. the LOVE the trilogy is also on sale, but all you really need is the third one. Thalamus has its range on sale, with treats like 10 Second Ninja X, Rogue Acesand Millie & Molly on offer. You’ll also want to look at the outbox, with games like the Mysterious Trilogy Workshop, Samurai Warriors 5and Dark memory of Tokyo complete their last sales. Check these lists!
Select New games on sale
grappling dog ($11.24 from $14.99 until 4/25)
Tcheco in Lucio’s castle ($2.99 from $4.99 until 4/25)
Deployment ($1.99 from $9.99 until 4/25)
Rainbows, toilets and unicorns ($4.19 from $6.99 until 4/25)
WarriOrb ($2.59 from $12.99 until 4/25)
PixARK ($9.99 from $39.99 until 4/26)
LOVE ($1.99 from $2.99 until 4/26)
kuso ($2.99 from $4.99 until 4/26)
love 3 ($7.49 from $9.99 until 4/26)
Empty and bumpy ($3.74 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Pinball FX3 Iron & Steel ($1.74 from $4.99 until 4/26)
Taxi Chaos ($14.99 from $34.95 until 5/2)
Ancient Rush 2 ($2.49 from $4.99 until 5/2)
The company man ($17.99 from $19.99 until 5/2)
AnShi ($12.49 from $17.99 until 5/2)
Grand Prix Speed 3 ($14.99 from $39.99 until 5/2)
Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask ($12.49 from $24.99 until 5/2)
angry alligator ($14.99 from $29.99 until 5/2)
jump king ($6.49 from $12.99 until 5/3)
Death Road to Canada ($5.99 from $14.99 until 5/3)
10 seconds Ninja X ($1.99 from $11.99 until 5/9)
Cecconoid ($1.99 from $19.99 until 5/9)
SE Destroyer ($1.99 from $4.99 until 5/9)
Millie & Molly ($1.99 from $4.99 until 5/9)
Lumo ($1.99 from $19.95 until 5/9)
Bézier second edition ($1.99 from $19.99 until 5/9)
ace thugs ($1.99 from $12.99 until 5/9)
Love: a puzzle box with stories ($1.99 from $19.99 until 5/9)
Death Ray Manta SE ($1.99 from $10.00 until 5/9)
word forward ($1.99 from $4.99 until 5/9)
Two Point Hospital Giant Edition ($15.99 from $39.99 until 5/9)
Shieldwall Chronicles: SotN ($2.99 from $7.99 until 5/9)
A day without me ($1.99 from $5.99 until 5/9)
Extended Knights and Guns ($6.59 from $16.49 until 5/9)
Would you like to run an Idol Cafe? ($6.69 from $9.99 until 5/9)
Sakura Succubus 2 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/9)
Sakura Succubus 3 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/9)
high school romance ($8.70 from $12.99 until 5/9)
Grimoire of Sand ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/9)
Soccer Super Arcade ($1.99 from $6.99 until 5/9)
Grand Prix Rock’n Racing ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/9)
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/9)
Adventure Pinball Pack ($2.69 from $8.99 until 5/9)
Pinball Safari ($1.99 from $2.99 until 5/9)
Sales end tomorrow, Wednesday April 20
12 is better than 6 ($1.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
AeternoBlade II ($5.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace ($9.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Firis DX workshop ($27.99 from $39.99 until 4/20)
Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX ($27.99 from $39.99 until 4/20)
Workshop Mysterious Trilogy Pack ($62.99 from $89.99 until 4/20)
Atelier Sophie DX ($27.99 from $39.99 until 4/20)
attack on titan 2 ($29.99 from $59.99 until 4/20)
Barrier X ($1.99 from $2.99 until 4/20)
BATTALION ($3.49 from $6.99 until 4/20)
black book ($14.99 from $24.99 until 4/20)
Blue reflection Second light ($38.99 from $59.99 until 4/20)
breathedge ($12.49 from $24.99 until 4/20)
Carcassonne ($9.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Catania ($9.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
Dying Light: Platinum ($37.49 from $49.99 until 4/20)
kingdom rush ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
Kingdom Rush Borders ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
The Lord of the Rings Adv. card game ($9.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
n Verlore Verstad ($2.09 from $13.99 until 4/20)
Deluxe Necrosphere ($3.99 from $7.99 until 4/20)
Nelke and the legendary alchemists ($29.99 from $59.99 until 4/20)
Ninja Master Gaiden Collection ($29.99 from $39.99 until 4/20)
Detective stories ($2.99 from $14.99 until 4/20)
Samurai Warriors 5 ($38.99 from $59.99 until 4/20)
Spongebob Squarepants Krusty Cook-Off ($4.94 from $14.99 until 4/20)
Be ready ($1.99 from $4.99 until 4/20)
The Midnight Sanctuary ($4.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
tiny metal ($7.49 from $14.99 until 4/20)
Dark memory of Tokyo ($9.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Tuche ($13.99 from $19.99 until 4/20)
Tyd wag vir Niemand ($1.99 from $9.99 until 4/20)
That’s all for today, my friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with more new releases, more sales, potentially news, and maybe a review. We’ll have to see how the rest of my day goes. Hope you all have a great Tuesday, and as always, thanks for reading!