Classic platformer Toki heads to the Switch

Akira Sakuma's Toki is of gaming's more underrated classics and a glossy looking remake of the fireball-shooting ape's adventures is heading to the Switch. That's thanks to Microïds who, hot on the heels of the Flashback revamp, have teamed up with Philippe Dessoly and Pierre Adane to give new life to the arcade game, arriving in November.

Released for the first time in 1989, Toki has marked an entire generation of players thanks to its ape-like character and its specific arcade game difficulty. For its grand return on Nintendo Switch, Philippe Dessoly, the artist for the original Toki on Amiga, the creator of Mr Nutz and of official artwork for Goldorak and Albator, is taking charge of the artistic direction.

He says, “I have a very special relationship with this game, which I am particularly fond of – in a way it’s my equivalent of Proust’s Madeleine! As soon as the music starts, I’m plunged back into the time when we ported the game to Amiga and Atari, when there was a very particular atmosphere in the video game sector. It’s a very special souvenir for me, so 30 years later, when they asked me to do the remake, it was impossible to refuse. I really enjoy improving and reinterpreting character designs and backgrounds. I sincerely hope that a maximum number of players and fans of the original – like me - will have fun playing it.”

Assault Gunners HD hits the Switch

Assault Gunners HD lands on the Nintendo Switch today, on the eShop at £7.99, €9.99 or $9.99 with a DLC pack or a complete edition. Set in the year 208X, Mars is in the process of terraformating with an expected timeline of 300 years till completion.

Back on Earth a great war erupts and millions of migrants look to Mars to flee their home. The Planet Remodelling Project is accelerated with the aid of ANTS, a completely robotic automated system. Migrants build large dome-shaped colonies in regions with now stable climates and rush to construct cities within them to sustain the flow of refugees.

One day, communication is suddenly lost with the surface of Mars, a peace keeping force called DAT whom are currently training on Deimos are sent to investigate.. cue lots of shooting!

Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug and Pole Position race onto Switch

Namco's Museum Arcade Pac is an update bundle of arcade classics including PAC-MAN, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Pole Position releasing at the end of September. Also on the roster are Splatterhouse, Rolling Thunder, SkyKid and Tank Force among others.

Pac Man comes in the guise of the original plus the Championship Edition 2 PLUS with online modes and shiny graphics. Sure, this is flogging the famliy silver yet again, but the likes of Pole Position should be something everyone plays once.

Heroes Trials lines up epic quests on Switch

Ratalaika is at it again, bringing a fast-paced fast-paced adventure that takes you through many different tests that will prepare you for the final challenge. Clear them all and rise to the position of defender of your homeland... Or stay forever as a trainee!

Featuring speed-running, free exploration top down shooter, controlling two heroes with two different attack modes, its a compact but fun release with four hours of content, a soundtrack by Benedikt Grosser, puzzles and collectibles.

Heroes Trials brings the best elements of traditional RPGs and delivers a compact and intense experience that takes less than 4 hours to complete, but provides you with a satisfaction that can normally only be obtained with a longer game in the genre. Heroes Trials achieves that by excluding all repetitive quests, fillers, empty events and grinding.

Get your rhythm action skates on with MUSYNX

Hitting the Switch this week, thanks to Acttil and PM Studios, MUSYNX is a fast-paced rhythm action tap-fest coming direct from mobile (where it has a 4.5 rating on the iOS store) plus a batch of great tunes, from the slow and melodic to this full on rave fest... can you keep up?

With more than 90 songs to choose from, MUSYNX is the next destination of choice for rhythm game fans to rock out and stretch their rhythmic fingers! The simple, organic game mechanics will put players to the test with rhythms and beats like no other. With multiple difficulty levels and a huge range of genres to choose from (pop, classical, trance, vocaloid, R&B, and more), players will be glued to their Nintendo Switch for hours and hours, whether at home or on the go! DLC very soon

Fortnite Battle Royale Review

Price: Free
Dev: Epic Games
Players: 100

Fortnite came as a pleasant surprise to the Switch at E3, bringing with it free-to-play Battle Royale fun. Since you can safely ignore all the cosmetic extras, this is a brilliant game that the rest of the world is playing, making Switch owners feel part of the crowd.

Sure, some FPS snobs hate the game's very existence, but that's their loss. If you've missed all the hype. Fortnite throws 100 competitors out of a balloon-bus onto an island, about three-quarters of a mile square. There's a farm, lake, homes, offices, woods and plenty of other little nooks and crannies to explore.

All players start out with a pickaxe and must find weapons fast or be cannon fodder for those quicker off the mark. Random drops and treasure chests make it very much pot luck, you could get a shotgun, pistol, M16, grenade launcher or a sniper rifle among many others, each with their own range and hit zones.

There's also health and bandages, plus resources to do a spot of building to speed up your progress and shields that provide a little protection. A key change Fortnite has to other games is you'll survive longer if you build first, shoot second, and it only adds a second or so to your day to start with some basic defences.

The game looks better and feels more natural on the big screen, but is plenty playable undocked, even if the Switch doesn't feel like a natural FPS machine in that state.
Welcome to the island, Fortnite style
With a cartoony look to it, the game is a 12-rating but pretty much anyone could play without feeling the lust of war. Get a few kills and your rating soon increases, but really, everything outside the island is a cosmetic touch, including all the DLC. There are different modes including duo and team, but you're still doing the same things.

Visually the game is down a notch compared to its bigger brothers, sacrificing some detail, and the frame rate has dropped to 30FPS. That's still fine for a fun-and-friendly title like Fortnite. Ignore the speed-obsessed freaks, not every game in the world needs 60FPS or higher.

Most battles take range at long or mid distance, as you see someone coming or going about their own business. But when you hear footsteps or rustling nearby, go to your shortest range weapon and get ready for a quick showdown. Some you win, some you lose, all part of the fun. You can head back to the lobby and into another match within a minute.

To keep the players in range of each other as the numbers dwindle, a killer storm is closing in on the center of the island. That herds people together, and late in the game some may start building forts or defences to stay safe.

The building aspect is interesting, you can knock down existing buildings with your pickaxe, and use the wood, stone or metal to build new battlements. Most new players ignore the tactic, but a well-placed wall can provide great cover, or you can build a ramp to a high spot for top sniping opportunities.

The team modes make building more strategic, with players working together to build cool bases and adding a new level of detail. Its also cool to sneak up on builders and blow them to pieces, but experienced players will likely hear you coming.

When you die, you can use spectator mode to watch other players carrying on, and learn from their skills or mistakes to help you survive longer in future games. Winning a battle is the true measure of success, and you have to be very good or lucky to do so, but the experience reward and kudos makes all those losses well worth it.

Even if you think you've mastered the game, and have strung together some wins, regular changes and new modes, highlighted on the front page, make things different enough to keep us coming back and adding to the challenge. Presumably, one day, Epic will change the map too, which will reset everyone's experience.

Score 4/5

Fortnite brings battle royale to the Switch

Will Fortnite threaten any of Nintendo's titles as the most popular game on the Switch? The free to download game is live now and there are plenty of players already trying to be last survivor in this hectic but fun shooter/survival game.

If you're new to the idea, 100 players parachute onto an island, needing to find weapons, ammo, health and construction materials to build defences. Or you can just run around madly whacking people with your pickaxe, all with the aim of being the last person standing.

The game has over 125 million players across PC, mobile and console, and the Switch with its younger age users might be ideal for the non-gory shooter.

What turned out to be very good news for Switch users is causing a right pain for Sony, with many demanding why the game isn't on Vita, and cross-platform players furious that if they used their Epic account on a PS4, it won't work on the Switch version. That's yet another example of Sony's walled garden ruining gaming for people used to interconnecting.

See you in the lake!