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Game Review: Mighty Switch Force! (3DS eShop)

August 2, 2013

Mighty Switch Force! is a very popular 3DS eShop title that ended up having a special version released on the Wii U, and a sequel this year called Mighty Switch Force 2! From the awesome people at WayForward Technologies, this eShop game is supposed to be both addicting and challenging.

But is it? And more importantly, is it worth getting? Let’s take a look!

The Basics: Gameplay and Graphics

This game involves, as one might assume by the title, switches. Although, not the ones found in the game. By tapping one of the buttons on your 3DS, you’ll cause blocks (and later other special blocks, see photos below) to either appear or disappear. This will allow you to either advance across a stage, or defeat certain enemies. But be warned, if a block reappears when you switch it back on, and Patricia (your character) is over the “shadow” of the block, she will lose one of her three lives.

With this knowledge, your goal is to collect 5 prisoners and report back to your robotic ally in 16 (+ 5 Bonus) Levels. Along the way, you’ll encounter special blocks that shoot enemies (and yourself), and blocks that when you stand on them stay in place, which adds new strategies and challenges.

Story: What are you trying to do?

I think I’ll let the official description on Nintendo.com sum up this wacky little “story”:

Space Hooligans have escaped custody and are wreaking havoc all over Planet Land!

HQ calls on cybernetic peace-keeper Patricia Wagon to bring these renegades to justice. With the help of Corporal Gendarmor and her trusty Pellet Gun, there’s nothing she can’t handle. When the going gets tough, Wagon activates her Helmet Siren, altering the world around her in 3D space. Even the third dimension can’t hide criminal ne’er-do-wells from the long arm of the law. Enter the mechanical shape-shifting, dimension switching world of Mighty Switch Force and blow crime away.

As stated above, your objective is to find and arrest 5 prisoners per level. Without going into too many spoilers, the final level (of the original 16) slightly changes things up (both story and objective wise), but you’ll still be collecting 5 prisoners.

Issues: Does it have any flaws worth noting?

Nope. For under $10, this game is just the right length. No gameplay issues as far as I can tell. If you die, it’s your fault. And you will die quite a bit, trust me.

The Recommendation: Is this game right for you?

There’s a lot of people and a lot of reasons why people enjoy playing video games. From those looking for a solo experience, to those looking to entertain. Let’s see whether or not Mighty Switch Force! can appeal to you.

For Solo Players: Mighty Switch Force! is an addictive, challenging game. But it is the good kind of challenging. It very much relies on your reactions, and will require you to think about the right strategy to advance through a level. Later levels will get a little bit harder/require quick reactions, but it won’t be so difficult that it will ruin the game for you. The levels are also a perfect length for those looking for something to do to kill a few minutes, but the game as a whole is great for those looking for a decent amount of gameplay time (As much as an eShop game for under $10 will get you.)

For those with more than one player: This is not a multiplayer game. Sorry.

For those looking for a good story: This is not a story based game. Sorry.

Overall: This eShop title deserves all the praise it has been getting. For those looking for a fun 3DS eShop title to inspire you to explore the eShop further, you won’t go wrong with Mighty Switch Force! I highly recommend getting this title, and for the price being offered, you’ll get more than your money’s worth. Check it out on the eShop today!

Thanks for reading this review! Please feel free to comment/critique the review or give your thoughts on the game if you own it! And for more news and reviews, check out either the main site or the site’s twitter account!

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