Daddio's review of Mecho Tales on the Nintendo Switch
If you would like to purchase Mecho Tales you can do so for $0.99 on the Nintendo Switch E-shop until May 24th. It's a run 'n' gun with platforming mixed in with inspiration from Mega Man and Mario.Mecho Tales
is a visually appealing game that is clearly inspired by Mega Man with a dash of Mario from time to time. Normally that inspiration can make for a fun time, but sadly the mechanics hold back this game from its potential. You attack with a robot companion (This instantly made me think of Nier Automata so thank you to the developers for that) that floats behind you, but it can be manipulated to move around with some effort. This hinders any sense of tight controls as it becomes quite difficult to aim where your robot buddy will attack while platforming.
I would be remiss to say that I completely disliked my time spent with the game; it was fun unlocking new attacks with the cogs collected during levels. Boss fights felt like a complete time sink as you hammer away at bullet sponges until you finally win. I didn't really struggle with any of the boss patterns as they're simple to pick up on but the longevity made my carpal tunnel flare up.
For the sale price of $0.99, this is a decent option if you are on the lookout for indie platformers on the Switch. I would not recommend getting it at the base price because of the problems mentioned, but I do think the developer has a solid foundation that can be improved upon. If you can look past the flaws, as I have, the art style is a treat to look at.
I'll leave this off by saying that I intend to try out the multiplayer with my wife at some point, which may improve on some of the issues I experienced in single player.
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. I personally want to try out Plague Road sometime in the future and will probably download Death Tales on the PS4.