Pure Nintendo's Scores

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For 1,323 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 21% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Alien: Isolation
Lowest review score: 10 Garage Mechanic Simulator
Score distribution:
1323 game reviews
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Research and Destroy does enough to be a fun turn-based strategy game. The unique gameplay elements truly make you strategize completely before acting on the battlefield. There’s also the great drop-in and drop-out multiplayer, creating a new level of chaotic fun. It does lack replayability, as you’re shown everything on your first runthrough. That said, if you’re a fan of turn-based strategies, this is one game you should check out.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Wildcat Gun Machine is an addictive and incredibly difficult shooter. The vast variety of weapons and the exploratory element keep it interesting. If you’re looking for a challenge, you’ll certainly find it here.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Get Packed: Couch Chaos doesn’t add anything new to the puzzle/party genre. It’s a quirky game that focuses on the chaos aspect instead of strategy. It could be a bit more polished, but perhaps that’s part of the appeal and identity of the game. You can play this one solo, but the real beauty of the game is found in the multiplayer mode. If you have young kids who get frustrated with other games in this genre because they don’t understand the strategy, this might be a good pick-up. There’s a lot of silly fun to be had.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Sockventure is a welcome addition to the list of 2D platformers that perfectly combine being challenging and a joy to play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revita has a lot going for it. Part roguelike, part shooter, part platformer, it has something for just about everyone. Throw in a melancholic story and addictive gameplay, and you’re in for an enjoyable time.
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    • 55 Critic Score
    Legend of Ixtona is a by-the-numbers JRPG with turn-based battles fought on an isometric grid. The ability to hire customizable characters and invest in your village adds some unique elements, but not enough to fully overcome the generic gameplay, graphics, and story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While the graphics are terrific and the level design is highly creative, the gameplay leaves much to be desired. This game is entertaining and visually appealing but left a lot else on the table.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Watcher Chronicles offers enough of an RPG action platforming challenge to make you work for it, and provides enough satisfaction to keep you coming back for more (especially in local multiplayer). It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it just lets the player(s) get on with enjoying the game.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    My Brother Ate My Pudding! is a short, silly puzzle game that pushes you to think outside the box with challenges that expertly balance surrealism and simplicity.
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    • 55 Critic Score
    The fun and nostalgic creative choices of ’70s ear Bush League Hockey aren’t quite enough to make up for its clunky gameplay and bad AI. Its 4-player local multiplayer may appeal to hard-core hockey fans, but consider it a healthy scratch for everyone else.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    What Lies in the Multiverse is an enjoyable story-driven affair with well-designed characters and puzzles that strike the perfect balance between fun and challenging. This is one title that’s definitely worth checking out.
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    • 55 Critic Score
    Rogue Lords is very pretty. They nailed the art design and character models, which I imagine will attract many people to this roguelike RPG. However, I am afraid that the attraction is surface level. With any roguelike game, you expect each run to feel different from the next and reset that excitement and engagement. Still, with Rogue Lords, once you’ve completed three books or so, it doesn’t feel like it has any more to offer. Getting through three books is an achievement, as the gameplay and battle system is tedious, hard and repetitive. With a bit more streamlining of some mechanics and improvements in pacing, you’ll have a more polished title that I’d be more comfortable recommending.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zombie Army 4: Dead War might be one of the most technically impressive games to come to Nintendo Switch in quite some time. With all the action on screen, the game manages to maintain a smooth and consistent experience regardless of how many enemies or online players are present. It’s a goofy, campy title that knows it’s goofy and steers into that goofiness throughout your adventure. It’s also unique in that it’s as much fun to play by yourself as it is to play with friends, although I have to admit playing with friends makes the experience a little more hysterical. While the character movement is too janky for its own good, this doesn’t ruin the experience at all. Put simply, if you’re looking for a good zombie shooter to play by yourself or with friends, then Zombie Army 4 must absolutely be at the top of your list.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In its own right, Nintendo Switch Sports is fantastic, doing everything you hoped it would. Super-responsive controls, family-friendly fun, and a solid online and offline co-op system. However, when you look at what we could have got, and when you compare this to Wii Sports, has the game built on that foundation enough in the last 16 years? I don’t think it does. Again, it’s a great game and one that I will sink many hours into because it’s essentially Wii Sports on the Switch – but when you look at the bigger picture, there is endless potential on what Nintendo could, and probably should, have done. Golf has been confirmed, and I hope that there is more on Spocco Square’s horizon, as, with a few more sports and features, Nintendo Switch Sports could become THE must-own game on the system.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Basically an officially licensed version of What the Dub?!, RiffTrax: The Game succeeds as a creative/comedy party game by adding the familiar voices of the RiffTrax crew. A few gameplay tweaks improve the dialogue riffing formula, but more movie clips and some variation in the game’s rounds would keep the fun running longer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may be an older game, but it’s still fun to play and Star Wars fans who haven’t previously enjoyed this title should give it a go. The engaging story and excellent voice work help bring it to life, despite the slightly dated graphics and relatively simple gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Toodee and Topdee is a fun, challenging game with an original concept. Change your perspective from 2D, to Top-Down with the press of a button, solve puzzles and defeat awesome bosses. Highly recommended for the player that loves puzzle games.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rougebook offers enough unique takes on gameplay to create a compelling experience for those highly interested in deck building games and a fun experience for those who aren’t quite as familiar with the genre. The dual hero system and presentation truly makes Rougebook stand out. However, the usual issues with the deck building game remain. It’s the random luck of the draw as to whether you’re given good enough cards to succeed in battle. Otherwise, you have to grind your way around to find useful cards or upgrades to help you. It might not be a game for everyone, but Roguebook is definitely worth checking out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arise: A Simple Story should be recognised as a beautiful and touching story, no matter its short length. It’s a heartwarming and truly captivating journey – providing you allow yourself to be immersed in the narrative. With the stop/start nature of the loading screens and the long-winded gameplay, this can be hard but definitely worth pushing through.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    Kraken Academy!! is a well-crafted adventure story. With endearing characters, intriguing time-travel mechanics, and a retro-style look, Kraken Academy!! will undoubtedly appeal to those looking for a game reminiscent of the adventure games of the ‘90s.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an endless outer space toy box to play in (and there are options to play without a scenario goal or with unlimited funds), then orbit.industries is a fun diversion. Learn, and fail, and start again on your way to the stars. Just don’t forget about the interest rates.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoy platformers, Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition is a good addition. It doesn’t rank the highest on my list because of sensitive jump points which can oftentimes be frustrating. But when taken for what it is—a unique platformer with fun narrative and visual twists—it’s worth the purchase.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crystar combines a stunning supernatural setting with simple hack-and-slash fighting to draw you through a complex and profound plot that bounces between realms.
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    • 50 Critic Score
    Rotund Rebound is an ambitious sequel that retains its cute style and rapid pace, but gets somewhat lost in its new features.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cat Cafe Manager is a cafe management sim in which you adopt cats and run your very own store. Serve your customers, build bonds with your regulars, adopt your choice of cats, and just generally enjoy life in a cute and friendly town.
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    • 50 Critic Score
    Genre fans might find Buck Bradley Comic Adventure worth grabbing (on sale) to pass a couple of hours. But from presentation to puzzles and beyond, this is an average release at best that most can skip without worry. Unfortunately, this title falls short in too many ways.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals of Mokoko X are only slightly lurid, and the cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs flavor text doesn't distract from a solid Qix clone with ingenious level design and challenging bosses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The House of the Dead: Remake successfully moves to the Switch everything you loved about the on-rails shooting arcade game…except the controls. It’s fun to play with a friend provided you both understand that the very act of aiming and shooting will be an exercise in frustration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s no doubt Slipstream has issues, but the core gameplay mechanics are fun enough that you may be able to look past them as I could and enjoy some knockoff Out Run.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Defend the Rook is a rogue-like tactics game that’s challenging enough to make you earn your victories while keeping you ready to try again when it beats you. If you like strategy games, this entry is worth adding to your Switch library.

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