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Reviews Featuring ‘Venba’ and More, Plus the Latest Releases and Sales – TouchArcade

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Whats up mild readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for August 1st, 2023. In as we speak’s article we kick issues off with a evaluate of Venba from our pal Mikhail. I’m in fast pursuit with a trio of evaluations, overlaying Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening, Sephonie, and Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons. We’ve bought just a few new releases to take a look at, after which the standard lists of latest gross sales and expiring reductions. Let’s get to it!

Opinions & Mini-Views

Venba ($14.99)

Venba is a recreation I used to be very all for enjoying as a result of I truly make idlis, dosas, and biryani at house typically, and that’s been a spotlight of among the trailers. I all the time thought the sport seemed beautiful, however I wasn’t certain what to anticipate on the remainder. I’ve now performed Venba on each Swap and Steam Deck, and loved nearly the whole lot in regards to the recreation. This 1-1.5 hour lengthy expertise blends puzzles, tradition, meals, loss, household, and extra to ship one thing particular.

Earlier than entering into the sport, the opening has you making idlis. I observed the in-game recipe required placing fabric earlier than the idli batter, and I haven’t ever achieved that myself. I checked with my grandmom, and it seems you do want to try this, however I’ve been skipping that step. Having Venba enhance how I make idlis is certainly not one thing I anticipated, however right here we’re. It bought me to even regulate my normal evaluate {photograph} as you possibly can see above.

Now onto Venba, the sport. It’s a brief narrative expertise with very mild puzzles, some which will really feel like trial and error, a lot of character improvement, coping with a brand new nation, folks, jobs, and extra. You play as Venba who has moved to Canada. As Venba you see issues change round you and in your personal household as time goes by, however your recipes are with you all the time.

Since this can be a narrative centered recreation, I don’t wish to spoil the story, however there are various relatable moments as a result of I see issues like this occur round me fairly a bit when kin transfer to different nations to review or for a brand new job. There’s quite a lot of love put into this recreation, and I feel it’s a few patches away from being excellent on the platforms I performed it on.

The precise cooking occurs with mild puzzles and interactions. Some require putting components within the right order, some require rotating the analog stick, and a few recipes require memorizing or utilizing obscure hints from the recipe e-book. Talking of hints, there may be an in-game trace system for those who do get caught.

The dearth of touchscreen help (as of this writing) on Swap is disappointing. Level and click on type video games aren’t enjoyable to play with a controller stick when a contact possibility is obtainable. A glossary would’ve been good for some recipes to simply have quick access as effectively.

By way of platform variations, I’ve performed Venba on each Steam Deck and Swap. The colours undoubtedly profit from the OLED Mannequin display screen. Whereas not a dealbreaker, there have been just a few efficiency points on Swap in some cut-scenes and through one particular recipe the place the cursor motion turned uneven. I had no points enjoying Venba on Steam Deck, however would nonetheless get it on Swap you probably have an OLED Mannequin.

Barring the few options I’d wish to see in potential patches, Venba delivered in spades, and I can’t wait to see what Visai Video games works on subsequent. Venba is a superb 1 hour or so lengthy expertise that may undoubtedly have you ever salivating at among the meals whereas most likely considering of your personal household or mates whereas enjoying. -Mikhail Madnani

SwitchArcade Rating: 4.5/5

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening ($59.99)

This isn’t a recreation for everybody. It’s wildly advanced, in some ways relying on the viewers having many years of familiarity with its mechanics. It doesn’t clarify itself very effectively, both. It takes an extended whereas to get by a recreation of Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening, and also you’ll most likely lose quite a bit earlier than you truly pull out a win. This may be extremely disheartening, and for those who really feel like one thing like that could be a waste of your time then it is best to completely avoid this recreation. However for those who’re affected person and keen to take your lumps to study a recreation with deep rewards for mastery, there isn’t a lot else on the Swap fairly like this.

The sequence has been round for a really very long time, and it’s definitely been extra about refinement than revolution for many of that span. Awakening is not any totally different in that regard, opting to pile on extra choices and content material to sweeten the deal. Your aim is as ever to unify Japan, and that isn’t a aim that may be reached solely by swinging round a sword. It’s a must to play the strategic recreation in a number of methods, and when it comes time to battle you’ll be doing so within the seat of a commander slightly than a direct participant. You’ll be able to belief issues to your computer-controlled vassals typically, however you’re going to must ensure you’ve bought a correct understanding of how the whole lot works and the place to allocate your restricted assets.

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening is a powerful instance of a taste that almost all gamers have already made up their minds on. It’s frankly too advanced to show in tutorials with out tossing the participant into the combo, so it’s a must to be able to take your lumps and study for those who’re planning to get essentially the most out of it. In the event you assume you are able to do that and wish to get in on a sequence so good that it’s been round about so long as Nintendo has been making consoles, be at liberty to lose your self on this nice technique recreation.

SwitchArcade Rating: 4/5

Sephonie ($19.99)

I’m nonetheless rolling this one over in my head, however I’ve to place phrases to web page and carry on transferring. It’s an enormous ball of blended emotions for me, to be sincere. Generally the platforming, which focuses closely on wall-running and exact dashing, is admittedly good. Generally it’s uninteresting. The story is usually actually attention-grabbing, and typically it was so wordy and seemingly pointless that I began zoning out. I appreciated the puzzle segments in idea, however in follow they had been so toothless that they usually felt like a waste of time.

I feel for those who can totally purchase into the world Sephonie is promoting, you may actually prefer it. Three scientists are kind of stranded on a really unusual island, and its many caves appear to be constructed for some sizzling parkour motion. Additionally they typically warp into areas related to our protagonists. As you play, the characters will interact in idle chatter about this and that. A few of it matches with the plot, however most of it’s simply meant to flesh out the characters and their relationships. As I mentioned earlier than, I loved a few of it and located quite a lot of it to be totally banal. It simply didn’t ring genuine to me.

You’ll additionally meet up with varied creatures that simply chill across the islands. You’ll be able to join with them by enjoying a puzzle recreation the place it is advisable to prepare items and match colours. There are just a few twists thrown in right here and there throughout these bits, however nothing that may give a lot bother to anybody who has performed any match-3 recreation from the final twenty years. I feel this sort of hits on a component that bothered me all through the entire recreation. It’s not afraid to let you’ve minor setbacks, however it’s deathly afraid to allow you to truly fail. And I get the place that’s coming from, however it finally ends up making the sport really feel extra boring than it ought to.

When Sephonie is on, it’s on. There’s undoubtedly one thing to chew on right here, and if you may get your enamel round it you might need an excellent expertise with the sport. The largest challenge with the sport is how inconsistent it feels in all respects, and that even comes all the way down to the technical facets of this Swap port. You’re going to have to have the ability to put up with some tough edges to get on the good factors of Sephonie, however for those who’re in a forgiving temper and really feel like enjoying one thing that’s for higher or worse totally different, you may wish to give it a go.

SwitchArcade Rating: 3.5/5

Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons ($24.99)

I feel I needed to love this recreation greater than I did. I’ve been a fan of Double Dragon for so long as an individual may be a fan of Double Dragon. I’ve been there for the highs and the lows, and it has been a critically rocky highway on the entire. However each time a brand new Double Dragon launch occurs, I nonetheless hope for one of the best. With the beat-em-up style having fun with a slightly sturdy renaissance of late, there was an excellent probability right here for Billy and Jimmy Lee to make an enormous comeback.

We’ll must accept a good comeback, I suppose. The sport appears to me prefer it was impressed by the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, and when you get previous how totally different the tone is in comparison with many of the different Double Dragon video games (and albeit, what’s new on that entrance?), it’s pretty pleasing to the eyes. Plenty of enjoyable little animations and loads of particulars to take pleasure in. The soundtrack can be the place it must be.

I simply want the gameplay was as invigorating. This isn’t a nasty brawler by any means, however it lacks the pace and fluidity to its fight that one of the best within the style sport. It typically feels prefer it’s so busy making an attempt to look good that it sacrifices responsiveness, and that’s not a commerce I’m ever keen on. The characters, and there are a good quantity upon getting all of them unlocked, really feel wildly unbalanced. I discovered the Lee brothers to play one of the best, whereas Marian was borderline ineffective.

The marketed roguelite construction doesn’t actually do the sport a ton of favors, and I can’t assist however really feel it was conceived to assist stretch out the comparatively small quantity of phases and total temporary runtime. You’ll be able to select the preliminary phases in your order of selecting, and the way lengthy and complicated they’re is determined by when within the string you play them. You can even decide some perks between ranges utilizing the cash you earn by defeating foes, or reserve it to pay for revives. The sport actually needs you to replay it to expertise the whole lot and unlock all of the goodies, however it will get tiresome effectively earlier than totally checking off both of these issues. I’d have most well-liked if the developer had centered on making a single sturdy playthrough slightly than this strategy.

General, Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons is a good beat-em-up, however not far more than that. This franchise has had sufficient critical lows that I feel this nonetheless falls someplace within the common zone, so I feel I can provide it a comfortable advice to Double Dragon followers. The roguelite construction does the sport no favors in any respect for my part, and whereas the presentation is sweet it does typically really feel prefer it’s getting in the way in which of the gameplay. Not a nasty dust-up, however not an excellent one both.

SwitchArcade Rating: 3/5

New Releases

Akiba’s Journey: Undead & Undressed Director’s Lower ($29.99)

The second recreation in Marvelous and Purchase’s sequence of strip-em-up motion RPGs involves the Nintendo Swap. Defend the geek paradise that’s Akihabara from evil creatures disguised as regular people by stripping them all the way down to their underwear. Video video games! This director’s minimize contains new quests and a brand new true ending, plus all the beforehand launched DLC.

Barony ($19.99)

Oh, that is some good things. This can be a considerably goofy first-person motion roguelite that teeters so near the road that I nearly wish to name it a full-on roguelike. Select one in all 13 courses and dive into the dungeons of the evil Baron, both solo or with as much as three different gamers in native, wi-fi, or on-line multiplayer. It even has cross play, so that you don’t have to fret in regards to the potential ghost city impact. This can be a slightly well-loved recreation over on Steam, and I believe it can discover a comfortable viewers on Swap as effectively.

The Bin Bunch

Leafy Trails ($4.99)

Gross sales

(North American eShop, US Costs)

Some attention-grabbing ones as we speak, although not quite a bit hitting any notably new lows. I’ll all the time advocate Horace at any worth, and Hypnospace Outlaw is fairly cool. Boltgun is sitting within the outbox, and for those who like first-person shooters in any respect you’ll need that. Test these lists as normal!

Choose New Video games on Sale

Terraria ($14.99 from $29.99 till 8/7)
Portal Knights ($6.99 from $19.99 till 8/7)
Indivisible ($7.49 from $29.99 till 8/7)
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night time ($15.99 from $39.99 till 8/7)
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising ($8.99 from $14.99 till 8/7)
Drawn to Life: Two Realms ($3.49 from $9.99 till 8/7)
Horace ($5.99 from $14.99 till 8/7)
Ghostrunner ($11.99 from $29.99 till 8/7)
Grapple Canine ($5.99 from $14.99 till 8/8)
Decarnation ($11.99 from $14.99 till 8/8)
Chronicles of two Heroes: Amaterasu’s Wrath ($14.99 from $19.99 till 8/14)
Mortal Kombat 11 ($9.99 from $49.99 till 8/14)
Proper and Down ($3.99 from $9.99 till 8/15)
Tremendous Zangyura ($13.99 from $19.99 till 8/16)


Bunny Should Die! ($10.49 from $14.99 till 8/16)
Harvest Yuuka ($17.50 from $25.00 till 8/16)
Bumballon ($3.49 from $4.99 till 8/17)
Jack N’ Jill DX ($1.99 from $4.99 till 8/17)
The Legend of the Dragonflame Highschool ($2.49 from $4.99 till 8/17)
Gynoug ($4.89 from $6.99 till 8/17)
Gleylancer ($4.89 from $6.99 till 8/17)
Avenging Spirit ($4.19 from $5.99 till 8/17)
Moto Roader MC ($4.89 from $6.99 till 8/17)
To Be Or Not To Be ($1.99 from $6.99 till 8/21)
Ganryu 2: Hakuma Kojiro ($4.99 from $19.99 till 8/21)
Andro Dunos II ($5.99 from $19.99 till 8/21)
Saga of Sins ($13.99 from $19.99 till 8/21)
Limbo ($1.99 from $9.99 till 8/21)
Inside ($1.99 from 19.99 till 8/21)


Thomas Was Alone ($1.99 from $9.99 till 8/21)
Behold the Kickmen ($1.99 from $3.99 till 8/21)
Paratopic ($1.99 from $5.49 till 8/21)
Sure, Your Grace ($2.99 from $19.99 till 8/21)
Nowhere Prophet ($2.49 from $24.99 till 8/22)
Descenders ($9.99 from $24.99 till 8/22)
Hypnospace Outlaw ($6.99 from $19.99 till 8/22)
Not Tonight: Take Again Management ($2.49 from $24.99 till 8/22)
Mother Hid My Recreation! ($2.99 from $4.99 till 8/22)
Mother Hid My Recreation! 2 ($2.99 from $4.99 till 8/22)
My Brother Ate My Pudding! ($2.99 from $4.99 till 8/22)
Cover & Dance ($2.99 from $4.99 till 8/22)

Gross sales Ending Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2nd

A Plague Story: Innocence Cloud Vers. ($19.99 from $39.99 till 8/2)
A Plague Story: Requiem Cloud Vers. ($38.99 from $59.99 till 8/2)
Aeon Should Die! ($9.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)
Antigravity Racing ($2.24 from $8.99 till 8/2)
Name of Cthulhu ($9.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)
Cue Sports activities ($1.99 from $5.90 till 8/2)
Curse of the Useless Gods ($7.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)
Demise Street to Canada ($4.49 from $14.99 till 8/2)
Dordogne ($15.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)
FPV Simulator ($1.99 from $9.99 till 8/2)
Gem Wizards Ways ($1.99 from $12.99 till 8/2)
Madshot ($1.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)
Othercide ($14.99 from $29.99 till 8/2)
Overlord: Escape From Nazarick ($14.99 from $29.99 till 8/2)
Shady A part of Me ($5.99 from $14.99 till 8/2)
Ultreia ($1.99 from $12.99 till 8/2)
Vampyr ($11.99 from $39.99 till 8/2)
Warhammer 40k Boltgun ($17.59 from $21.99 till 8/2)
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Storm Floor ($6.99 from $19.99 till 8/2)

That’s all for as we speak, mates. We’ll be again tomorrow with extra new releases, extra gross sales, maybe a evaluate or two, and perhaps some information. I hope you all have an excellent Tuesday, and as all the time, thanks for studying!

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