Q-Yo Blaster

Developer: Team Robot Black Hat
Publisher: Forever Entertainment
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 27/06/20019
Price: £8.99/$9.99
Review Rush was supplied with a review code.

Q-Yo Blaster is a 2D side-scrolling shooter, that is mental. It adds a few elements from other genres. To start with the characters have classes attack based defence based and average class. With each class has three units with slight deviations in speed defence and firepower. Not to mention they look crazy a decapitated Zombie Dog head or a Robot hamster. 

A special is chosen before the start of a run, a shield or a massive laser, the special ability is used once the power bar is full, the bar is increased by destroying the enemies. At the end of the level, the player can choose a single upgrade, be it more firepower or less bullet spread while shooting for instance. There is also a difficulty setting, the harder the game, the more bullets are on the screen, and the less continues you have.

Graphically Q-yo Blaster pulls from the 1950’s Cuphead visuals, with a more pixelated look. While the enemies and charter all look like some sort of toy a child would use. The sound is simple enough to add to the experience while not distracting.

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[ Conclusion ]

Overall Q-yo Blaster is not sort of a hidden Gem on the Nintendo Switch. If you enjoy toys and modified hamsters things killing cute things with a missive laser beam this could be fore you. With the added difficulty, select make the game accessible to a lot more players.

If you are a fan of side-scrolling shooters, I would definitely give this one a look.It is also at a good price for the amount of content.

Grave Keeper

Developer: Ultimate Games
Publisher: Forever Entertainment
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 08/08/2019
Price: £8.99/$9.99
Review Rush was supplied with a review code.

Grave Keeper, not to be confused with Graveyard Keeper, see the player tasked with killing the king of the Undead. To do so, the Knight will need to destroy everything that is animated that should be dead. With trusty sword and crossbow in hand cave your way through the hoards of the Undead. The game is basically a twin-stick shooter that feels like a mobile game. The game flow is; go to a closed arena kill everything in the arena then move to the next, area and do the same, every five areas is a boss fight. As you progress, the Knight will earn new weapons and armour as well as money as well as stones and runes that unlock special gear. Use the money to upgrade the overall effectiveness of the weapons and armour.

The Undead will also drop potions to heal the Knight that I did not use much I had a way too many then I would ever use, lowering the drop rate of these could have made the game more of a challenge.

The Knight has a few special abilities these vary depending on the currently equipped weapons it could be a smash type move or the weapon could make a tornado appear for example. Unfortunately, the game becomes repetitive fast.

Graphically it will not blow your mind; it looks as much as if it feels like a mobile game, the arenas all look the same. The enemies are detailed enough to not look bland even if they are all the same but with more health and attack.

The sound effects are fun with the bolts swishing out of the crossbow to the hitting of the enemies it all sounds good. It is a good thing also as you are going to hear it a lot. The music does make it feel like you are on a quest but gets repetitive. This is the fundamental problem here repetitiveness.

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[ Conclusion ]

Grave keeper is a game to waste time on, fancy something to numb the mind before bed, or a quick bus trip down the town, this could be a fun little waste of time. It could also appeal to the player who likes to get that one more item.

I would, however, wait for a sale for this one as it does get repetitive fast.