‘Chained Echoes’, ‘Samurai Maiden’, ‘JellyCar Worlds’ and today’s other releases and sales – TouchArcade
Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for December 8, 2022. Today is Thursday, and that usually means an absolute deluge of new releases on the eShop. But the year is coming to an end, so we only have ten or so to look at this time. The amazing indie RPG chained echo, cheeky slash-em-up Samurai Maidenand the positively nostalgic JellyCar Worlds are the most notable of the bunch, but there are a few others of interest here. We also have the usual lists of new and outgoing sales to check out. Let’s get to it!
Chained Echoes ($24.99)
I’m always a little nervous about how these ambitious, multi-year passion projects from solo developers are going to turn out. Well, I’m only a few hours in Chain echoes at this point and I can safely say that so far this is even better than mine best expectations. A very high quality JRPG game and I have nice things to say about every aspect of it so far. Look for my review as soon as I am able to finish it.
Samurai Maiden ($59.99)
A silly hack-and-slash action game featuring a modern-day heroine who is sent back to the Sengoku era and lends her sword skills to the effort to take down the Demon Lord. She is joined by a few allies, giving her some handy ninja back-up in her battles. If things get too tough, she can slap one of the ninjas for some extra power. I’m going to do a review on this one, for some reason.
Arcade Archives Pac-Mania ($7.99)
The latest addition to Arcade archive is a relatively familiar one, but not one I find overly exciting. Pac-Mania was one of Namco’s countless attempts to make a follow-up to Pac Man, this time tilting the view and giving Pac-Man a jump to make the game feel more three-dimensional. You can jump over the ghosts now, but be careful as some of them can also jump. I’ve never been a big fan of this one, but if you are, you’ll be happy to know that Hamster has done his usual fine job with it.
The Tale of Clouds & Wind (QUByte Classics) ($5.99)
Here’s the next game from Piko Interactive’s IP catalog to be released in the QUByte Classics line. This sometimes goes under the name Water margin, as it is based on the popular Chinese classic. It’s a Genesis/Mega Drive beat-em-up that feels a bit off-brand Knights of the Round or Golden axe. Honestly, it’s pretty decent. I should review this one and I’ll let you know how QUByte’s efforts have turned out this time when I do.
Cardboard Kings ($19.99)
This is a simulation game where you inherit a card shop and have to run it successfully. Buy, sell and trade cards while trying to keep your customers happy. It’s pretty easy as Sims go, but the card collection mechanic gives it a little extra spice. It gets repetitive pretty quickly, but if you wail to things like Kairosoft’s sims, you’ll probably find enough in here to like to make it worth the trip.
Mech Armada ($19.99)
A turn-based strategy game starring mechs. Yes, I know we just had one last week. This one has more of a roguelite vibe. Customize your team with mechs, upgrade them as you go, and battle enemies as you make your way through a series of procedurally generated challenges. Reviews seem all over the map on other platforms, but it seems to have its fans.
JellyCar Worlds ($7.99)
Wow, JellyCar. It takes me back. Anyway, the original creator is back with a new one JellyCar game, giving us multiple worlds to drive and platform our squishy cars through. Your car has a number of neat features it can use, and you can even customize your own vehicle. I’m sure this will be just as fun as the old ones, which means we’re in for a nice little time waster. It’s also coming to Apple Arcade tomorrow, in case you’d rather play it that way.
Simona’s Requiem ($7.99)
This is a reasonably small ode to Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, one of the most unfairly maligned classic games I can think of. It’s a good game! And it is, too Simona’s Requiem. You play as a reaper and travel the world in search of the Fisher King. It’s only a few hours long, and the main character’s slow walking pace can make it feel slow at times, but there’s a lot of fun to be had here with some of the clever stage setups and boss fights.
Color Pixels: Collection 2 ($7.95)
Color by number in one hundred and eighty levels divided into eight different themes. Just pick the color that matches the number and you know, go to town. Not much more I can say about this.
Soccer Kick ($3.99)
I feel like we saw a game almost exactly like this a week or two ago, so there’s a good chance this is based on a template. Anyway, it’s a penalty shootout. Kick some penalties. Not something I would buy, but maybe you feel differently.
(North American eShop, US prices)
This quiet period between the end of Black Friday and upcoming likely sales of stuff for The Game Awards or the Christmas/New Year holidays is certainly something. Not too much to fuss about in today’s inbox, although shooting fans might want to try the new low price on Rigid Force Redux. Over in the outbox, I’ll use my nose to push Xeno crisis meatballs at you as I often do. EAT THE MEATBALL.
Select New games on sale
Xenon Racer ($3.74 from $14.99 until 12/13)
All-Star Fruit Racing ($4.99 from $19.99 through 12/18)
Just Dance 2023 Deluxe ($38.49 from $69.99 through 12/18)
Rigid Force Redux ($5.99 from $19.99 until 12/28)
Super riot ($2.00 off $7.00 until 12/28)
Splatter ($1.99 from $4.98 until 12/28)
Gigapocalypse ($5.99 from $9.99 until 12/28)
Cardaclysm Shards of the Four ($3.74 from $14.99 until 12/28)
Slim-san ($3.59 from $11.99 until 12/28)
Truberbrook ($5.99 from $29.99 until 12/28)
Vambrace: Cold Soul ($4.99 from $24.99 until 12/28)
Windscape ($3.99 from $19.99 until 12/28)
The sale ends tomorrow, Friday the 9th. December
A Plague Tale Requiem Cloud Vers. ($49.99 from $59.99 until 12/9)
Infinite Golf 2 ($1.99 from $4.99 until 12/9)
Port Royale 4 ($24.99 from $49.99 until 12/9)
Starbase Startopia ($24.99 from $49.99 until 12/9)
Xeno crisis ($9.99 from $19.99 until 12/9)
That’s all for today, friends. We’ll be back tomorrow with the week’s remaining releases, including Dragon Quest Treasures among others. There should also have been more sales than we saw today, but who can say for sure? If some massive news comes along, I’ll probably include that too. I hope you all have an exciting Thursday, and as always, thanks for reading!