Hello dear readers and welcome to the SwitchArcade roundup for July 12, 2022. In today’s article, we start with some reviews. I have a short of Extreme forklift for you, while our mate Mikhail has a beefier look at the shoot-em-up Horgiugh and his friends. After that, it’s the new release time. The headline today is Time on Frog Island, but there are a few other interesting games in the bundle. We wrap things up in the usual way, looking at some of the big new and expiring sales of the day. Let’s go!
Reviews and mini-views
Extreme Forklift ($9.99)
This game is only about one thing: forklifts. If you like it, you’ll probably be happy with it. If you don’t like it, you won’t be convinced by Extreme forklift. Although several views are offered, you’ll mostly be playing from a tilted aerial perspective. Generally speaking, your objective will be to move certain things from one place to another using your forklift, while avoiding damaging the objects. There are additional objectives to complete and a few diversions along the way, but it all comes down to careful handling, moving and stacking of cargo. You’ll be ranked based on your performance, and various unlockable skins and a few extra forklifts can be obtained by finding certain items or completing missions.
Extreme forklift is quite fun, but it’s also very repetitive. It can also be very annoying trying to get top marks due to how easily it is possible to bump into one small object or another. I imagine if you’re a fan of forklifts, you won’t burn out as quickly as I did. Even with that in mind, I can’t say I didn’t have fun with this one. It’s more intuitive to play than the countless Simulator games that have come out on the Switch, but it still gives the feel of what it’s trying to get across in a sufficiently complex way.
SwitchArcade Rating: 3.5/5
Horgihugh and Friends ($29.99)
I don’t think there’s a more iconic duo than the Nintendo Switch and late ports at this point with how many continue to be announced these days. Most of them are unfortunately overpriced compared to the existing versions, but sometimes developers go the extra mile to make the Nintendo Switch version special. Developer Pixel’s shoot’em up Horgihugh which is available on PC has been expanded with new content and features for Nintendo Switch in the form of Horgiugh and his friends which is available on the eShop and physically.
Horgiugh and his friends is an extended and improved version of Horgihugh which is currently available on PC. This version adds a new mode, new characters, enemies, items and more with a modified game balance according to the official site. The new mode is a basic city rebuilding mode that lets you use the currency you collect during shoot ’em up levels to add more to the city and attract more villagers.
I haven’t played the PC version enough to comment on it, but I enjoyed it Horgiugh and his friends on Switch after spending some time there. It doesn’t make a good initial impression, but fans of cuties who love the aesthetic will find a competent game here with responsive controls. The music is also quite nice.
My biggest issue with this release is how inconsistent the visuals are. The gameplay and character design are well done, but some aspects of the interface and portraits make it feel cheap. This is due to poor font choices and some low resolution elements when played docked. Luckily, the game looks good in handheld mode at least, except for the police. It may seem like a small complaint, but the much higher than expected asking price doesn’t help.
With the exception of the font which renders certain aspects of Horgiugh and his friends feel cheap, the only issue I have with the version is the price. While an expanded version of a game should cost more, the North American version’s price is a bit too high to be an easy recommendation right now. There are so many quality shoot ’em ups out there for half the asking price, that I can’t recommend it in its current state without this big caveat. The retail version being more expensive is understandable given the cost of the cartridges, but it’s definitely overpriced for what it is on the eShop. -Mikhail Madnani
SwitchArcade Rating: 3.5/5
Time on Frog Island ($24.99)
You have been shipwrecked on a strange island. Your boat needs major repairs to be seaworthy again, and you don’t have the parts to repair it. The good news is that the island is not uninhabited. There are plenty of friendly frogs that populate the island, and they’re all too happy to lend a hand…provided you do. you help them back. Explore the island and complete a series of trades to get what you need, while gaining new powers and abilities that further open up the map. The charming aesthetic nicely enhances the enjoyable experience of snooping around the island and interacting with its quirky residents.
Excalibur’s Quest – Puy du Fou ($29.99)
A game where you play as an heir to King Arthur who must find the pieces of the shattered Excalibur and bring Arthur back from the dead in a world based on the real French theme park Puy du Fou. Customize your avatar and take on fifteen different challenges set in different historical eras to collect the coins, while visiting the sites. I imagine it has a lot of appeal if you are a fan of the Puy du Fou park itself.
Krut: The Mythical Wings ($9.99)
This is apparently based on a 2018 CG anime movie from Thailand, and that’s probably the most interesting thing about it. Otherwise, it’s a fairly straightforward side-scrolling action game with nice art and slightly more involved combat than the average game of its type. You can buy upgrades, get new powers, etc. It’s not a bad game by any means, but it’s not very exciting either.
FIST: Shadowforged Torch ($29.99)
Take a decent but unspectacular Metroidvania-style game, create a port with a bunch of technical issues, and launch it on a platform that’s got no shortage of great games in the genre, and you’ve got a pretty tough sell. There is still something here, but if you want to take advantage of it, you better explore other platforms. The hiccups don’t bother me in any way, but one-minute load times between areas of a Metroidvania is a lot to swallow. If you’re feeling bold and indulgent, by all means. But I personally think this is a case where the sacrifices are too great.
Mira: Flight of a Bird ($4.99)
Another largely monochromatic moody game, but this one involves flying rather than platforming. You control what I assume is the titular Mira bird and fight your way through just under fifty stages. Avoid dangers, solve light puzzles, beat bosses and above all never stop flying. Not really. I don’t think you can.
Firefighter: Car Fire Truck Sim Driving 2022 Simulator ($14.99)
Garbage game go in the trash can. Handheld only because Midnight Works doesn’t care to put effort into this port dump.
(North American online store, US prices)
Fans of lewd games will find new low prices at Pistol Pistol Pixies and the Gal*Gun games, among others. The rest of the list has some good stuff that pops up quite often, but I’ve got it here just in case you need a reminder. The outbox has a few good headlines, but it’s short enough that I’ll leave it up to you to check it out.
Select New games on sale
Jin Design ($9.00 from $15.00 until 7/18)
will die alone ($3.49 from $4.99 until 7/18)
crazy drink ($6.74 from $14.99 until 7/22)
The company man ($15.99 from $19.99 until 7/25)
Pistol Pistol Pixies ($9.99 from $49.99 until 7/25)
RAZED ($5.99 from $11.99 until 7/25)
Ciel Fledge: Girl Raising Simulator ($2.49 from $9.99 until 7/25)
Root letter: last answer ($5.99 from $29.99 until 7/25)
Diver at dusk ($8.74 from $34.99 until 7/25)
Avia’s Tears ($11.24 from $14.99 until 7/25)
7 years from now ($5.99 from $9.99 until 7/25)
Quantum Replica ($5.99 from $9.99 until 7/25)
Unleashed loop ($14.99 from $29.99 until 7/25)
Girl * Pistol 2 ($7.49 from $29.99 until 7/25)
Gal*Gun Returns ($27.49 from $49.99 until 7/25)
Gal*Gun Double Peace ($31.99 from $39.99 until 7/25)
The Airplane Effect ($10.04 from $14.99 until 7/25)
Okinawa Rush ($11.99 from $19.99 until 8/1)
Justice Tanuki ($5.99 from $14.99 until 8/1)
Wallachia: Reign of Dracula ($5.99 from $14.99 until 8/1)
Flippin Kaktus ($8.39 from $11.99 until 8/1)
Jet Kave Adventure ($1.99 from $19.99 until 8/1)
BIT.TRIP series, assorted ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/1)
Coffee crisis ($1.99 from $9.99 until 8/1)
door kicks ($1.99 from $11.99 until 8/1)
Quest Chex ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/1)
Beautiful Ukraine ($3.00 from $4.00 until 8/1)
Alder Blood: DE ($5.99 from $19.99 until 8/1)
golden strength ($7.99 from $19.99 until 8/1)
Timothy and the mysterious forest ($1.99 from $7.99 until 8/1)
CHOP ($1.99 from $9.99 until 8/1)
The hangover of death ($1.99 from $4.99 until 8/1)
Zombie Blast Crew ($1.99 from $9.99 until 8/1)
Eyes: The Horror Game ($1.99 from $2.49 until 8/1)
elli ($1.99 from $7.99 until 8/1)
summer days ($3.34 from $4.99 until 8/1)
Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom ($2.09 from $14.99 until 8/1)
9 clues: the secret of Serpent Creek ($2.09 from $14.99 until 8/1)
Inside her (room) ($2.00 from $2.99 until 8/1)
Lost Grimoires 3: Forgotten Well ($2.09 from $14.99 until 8/1)
The Marauder Chronicles ($3.34 from $4.99 until 8/1)
Sakura Nova ($7.49 from $14.99 until 8/1)
Succubus Sakura ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/1)
Beach Bounce Remastered ($4.99 from $9.99 until 8/1)
Talia Legends: Arcadia ($1.99 from $2.99 until 8/1)
Sales end tomorrow, Wednesday July 13
Dadish ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/13)
Dadish 2 ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/13)
DEEMO -Rene- ($15.00 from $25.00 until 7/13)
Little Mouse Encyclopedia ($3.89 from $12.99 until 7/13)
MO: lost ($7.49 from $14.99 until 7/13)
P.3 ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/13)
Deluxe Edition Rolling Car ($1.99 from $8.49 until 7/13)
Spongebob: Crispy Kitchen ($4.94 from $14.99 until 7/13)
great bird ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/13)
Super Fowlst 2 ($2.00 from $10.00 until 7/13)
That’s all for today, my friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with a few new releases, a review or two, sales, and all the big news coming the next day. Hope you all have a great Tuesday, and as always, thanks for reading!