Game Title: Spiral Splatter
Developed By: Sometimes You
Published By: Sometimes You
Released: March 13, 2008
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Puzzle, Party
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you to Sometimes You for the review copy!
There are many budget titles on the eShop and Spiral Splatter is one of those games. It is a puzzle game at its heart, that will test your hand and eye coordination in a variety of ways. This game is a steal at only $4.99 and if you have any interest at all in puzzle games, do not hesitate to pick this game up.
You will fail. A lot. This game is challenging and can be frustrating at times. The frustration comes from just the difficulty and is not really the game’s fault. Each level has a goal that looks like a target, and you will move a circle around each maze until you reach the end of the level. Each level has a three-star rating, which is determined by how fast you complete the level. It sounds easy, but trust me, you will be challenged here. If you hit a wall in the maze it is game over and you will restart the level. Each level adds a little more challenge which gives it an excellent difficulty curve. First the mazes start small and you just must navigate to the goal, but then switches are added that activate gates, the mazes get moving obstacles, and the mazes get much larger, where you must back track a bit. There are a hundred puzzles to get through over the course of 11 stages or worlds if you will. One nice addition is that there are check points on some of the longer mazes, so you don’t loose all your progress when you crash into a wall. If you die, you automatically restart the level with no break in the game, which is great; you can get trying again without having to reload the level. Think of it like in Super Meat Boy, when you die, you are teleported back to the beginning of the level. There were times where I was frustrated and kept dying repeatedly, but I never felt it was the game but my own skill level. Once you beat that level you were stuck on you get a great sense of satisfaction, which helps you endure the difficulty at times.
The graphics are clean and colorful and looks good on the Switch, but they are not jaw dropping, just simple. The controls are spot on, with really the only thing you are doing is moving the joystick. My only issue with the presentation was the in the sound department. I did not care for the light music that is played in the background and was repetitive. Of course, in a puzzle game like this, music is small potatoes, though it would have been nice to have more variety in the music.
At $4.99 this game is a steal, and if you’re into challenging puzzle games, this one should be on your Switch.
Score: 74% Decent Puzzle game!