Indie Game Review: Mighty Switch Force! 2
Wayforward’s follow-up to Mighty Switch Force, Mighty Switch Force! 2 , is an interesting game. It is also the only thing on the Nintendo eShop with an indie tag, which made me feel obligated to give it a try.
Mighty Switch Force! 2 is your standard platforming game. You run around saving 5 girls per stage, while racing against the clock. First off the game has no type of story. The level system is a simple menu and every level is called an INCIDENT. At first this made me weary of the game, but after playing for while I came to appreciate it. Especially when I decided I should go back a few levels and try to beat my own time.
The mechanics in Mighty Switch Force! 2 are very simple but execution is where the complexity comes in. You have a water pistol, similar to F.L.U.D.D from Super Mario Sunshine, you use this to put out fires and deal with enemies. The other weapon in your arsenal is the “switcher” on your helmet. It pushes certain blocks from the foreground to the background and vice versa. When you switch a block onto one of your enemies it slams them into the screen killing them, just be careful because this will kill you too, simple but very fun.
When it comes to art, Mighty Switch Force! 2 has it in the bag. The visuals are engaging and the art style is simply fun to look at. The animations are very smooth and I love the tiny details, like the way the switcher lights up when you use it. The music is not amazing, but it is pretty decent. It reminds me of the Super Nintendo Era.
One thing I wish the game did better was use the 3DS’ lower screen . As it stands the screen is used as a radar, and a way to track your progress. My only other complaint is that the game should have some type of story. The world Wayforward created seems very interesting, and I’d love to know whats going on. For example, why are there only women, did all the men kill each other?
Overall, this game is a good time killer. You aren’t going to get much more out of it than mindless fun as you race yourself to the finish of each INCIDENT. The biggest strength of the game is the fact you can simply open up your 3DS and jump into the game. Perfect for breaks at work, or while you wait for some one at a train station.
Remember to keep an eye out for cool easter eggs… like the metroid-esq death animation.
Keep an eye out for the easter egg where you character dies,