Drinkbox Studios Releases Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack On Switch

Drinkbox Studios did a stealth release today of their first game Tales From Space Mutant Blobs Attack on Nintendo Switch, which you can pick up right here.

Mutant Blobs Attack is a sci-fi puzzle-platformer where you play an ill-tempered blob that grows in size by swallowing everything in its path. Evolve from a tiny captive into a world-eating giant. Gain freakish abilities like magnetism, telekinesis, and rocket boosting. Use your mutant blob powers to devour the pathetic humans and all of civilization!

To celebrate the launch, DrinkBox is also putting all of their games on Switch on sale. You can also get Mutant Blobs Attacks on the cheap if you own a game already.

Severed - 50% off!
Guacamelee! STCE - 40% off!
Guacamelee! 2 - 30% off!
Guacamelee! 2 DLC1: Enemigos - 50% off!
Guacamelee! 2 DLC2: Proving Grounds - 50% off!
Guacamelee! 2 Complete - 30% off!

Co-op Puzzle Game Pitfall Planet Out Now On Switch

The Switch ports continue. Pitfall Planet, the co-op puzzle game that won 2015 Best Overall Game at Level-Up, and then released on Steam in 2016 has come to Nintendo’s little hybrid system. You can pick it up right here for $18.99 CAD.

“Featuring the cutest pair of robots this side of the Milky Way, Pitfall Planet’s action takes place on a distant, forgotten mining world. Play as the two astrobots, who after being stranded and separated from their ship, must traverse the subterranean caves of the ruined planet, overcoming its many perils in the process. In Pitfall Planet, you and your friend are equipped with the latest and greatest in astro-mining technology. Players can use their grappling hooks to pick up objects (including each other!) and throw them over gaps or cliffs. To collect all the ore in each level, you'll learn to master the art of teamwork!”

The game also has a little extra Toronto flair, with the Reptoid Games adding some extra cutscenes in the port.

Blue Isle Studios Releasing Valley On Switch In March

Continuing the trend of Canadian games being ported to Switch, Blue Isle Studios have announced their first person adventure game Valley is hitting the Nintendo Switch next month on March 7th. Valley was originally released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016, and we did a small interview with the games composer which you can check out here.

Valley is a First-Person adventure unlike any other. Hidden deep within a remote region of the Rocky Mountains, you find yourself bewildered within a secluded valley. With the power of a recently discovered L.E.A.F. suit (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality), run and jump your way through beautiful forests, dangerous ruins and vast environments; all the while utilizing the power to control life and death to uncover the startling secrets of the mysterious valley.

Guest Post - Five Canadian-made Indie Switch Games That Flew Under The Radar In 2018

The follow post was written by Poutine & Pixels, who you can follow on Twitter. They specialize in highlighting Canadian-made games on Switch.

 If you’re anything like me, you’ve been giving a bit of extra time to playing games lately, what with the “go outside only if you want to die” weather. I’ve taken this time to catch up on Canadian-made Switch games released in 2018 that slid under my attention, largely due to my being distracted by ridiculously popular Canadian titles like Celeste and The Messenger.

 The Nintendo Switch has been a jolt of adrenaline for many indie games and developers. It’s not uncommon to hear of games being given a fresh surge of sales on the Switch, or developers finding the boost needed to stay in business - like Castle Pixel, the Canadian-American dev combo behind the hit Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, who have been very public in their praise of the game’s sales figures on Nintendo Switch, allowing them to continue making games.

 We’re approaching a full two years since the launch of the Switch in March of 2017, and the wave of great games coming to the Switch is showing no sign of slowing down. With over 85 Canadian-made titles now available or announced for the Switch, it’s not a surprise that some have been released to less media coverage than they deserve.

Here are the top 5 Canadian-made indie titles on the Switch that may have flown under your radar in 2018:

 

Just Shapes & Beats

 Just Shapes & Beats from Quebec developers Berzerk Studio was featured in the March 2018 Nindies Showcase. It’s no surprise Nintendo wanted to highlight the game, as it is an absolute blast to play with friends. The eShop page describes it as “a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell”, which makes it sound a lot more complicated than it actually is - dodge the shapes to addictive music, then die because this game can be tough as nails.

I took this game to a party on the day of its release, and it took over the TV for the duration of the night. If you’re a fan of rhythm or bullet hell games, don’t pass over this one.

 View Just Shapes & Beats on the Canadian eShop

 

Light Fall

Light Fall is a precision platformer that gives you the ability to place a block, called a Shadow Core, beneath you to assist in speeding across the world. Québec developers Bishop Games combine excellent minimalist art design with very pretty parallax scrolling effects to create a wonderful world to explore, and there’s plenty of hidden paths and secrets to encourage you to take a peak in every nook and cranny.

Light Fall also incorporates a Speedrun Game Mode, allowing you to compete with other runners worldwide with an online leaderboard. This game was also featured at GDQ 2019, and I’d love to see it pop up again at future events!

View Light Fall on the Canadian Nintendo eShop 

 

Pizza Titan Ultra

 Look, if your game comes with a main menu that has a theme song with robot voice-over and a karaoke sing-along bar, I’m going to buy it sight unseen. While the list of games that fit that requirement consists solely of Pizza Titan Ultra, that doesn’t detract from my conviction to that statement.

Developed by Breakfall in Ottawa, Pizza Titan Ultra has you playing a giant robot that delivers pizza throughout a futuristic city while dodging a myriad of enemies and trying to collect as much cash as possible. It’s one part Crazy Taxi, one part Gundam, and zero parts pineapple on pizza because that is an abomination and you should be ashamed.

 View Pizza Titan Ultra on the Canadian Nintendo eShop

 

Battle Princess Madelyn

Battle Princess Madelyn is heavily, heavily inspired by Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Fully funded on Kickstarter in 2017 in just a few days, Battle Princess Madelyn by Nova Scotia developers Causal Bit Games was released at the end of 2018.

Although I found the story mode to be a bit lacking, Battle Princess Madelyn’s arcade mode has kept me coming back for more. It’s perfect for the Switch’s portable mode, and is exactly the sort of title that I want to pick up for a few moments whenever I have the chance. If you have fond memories of Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts, I would highly recommend giving this game a look.

 View Battle Princess Madelyn on the Canadian Nintendo eShop


Full Metal Furies

Full Metal Furies by Toronto-based developers Cellar Door Games was released on PC and Xbox in January 2018. After months of waiting, both Full Metal Furies and their insanely popular 2013 title Rogue Legacy were released on the Nintendo Switch last November.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Full Metal Furies hasn’t garnered even a fraction of the attention that Rogue Legacy did - it’s an excellently designed action RPG with gorgeous artwork, online and couch co-op, and sterling player and media reviews. While it may have escaped wider attention upon initial release, this title is one that any co-op gaming fan should take a look at.

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander Coming To Switch January 31st

Massive Damage have announced their retro-style space strategy RPG Halcyon 6 is heading to Nintendo Switch. Starting January 31st you’ll be able to download the game for $22.99. If you’re unfamiliar with Halcyon 6, it launched on Steam in 2016 and got an updated version in 2017. The gang at Massive Damage are also working on Star Renegades which is due out in 2019.

13AM Games Releases Double Cross On Nintendo Switch And Steam

Our friends over at 13AM Games have released their first non-Runbow game - Double Cross is out now on Steam and Switch. The action platformer has you playing as Zahra, an agent for R.I.F.T (Regulators of Interdimensional Frontiers and Technology) who keeps the peace between all dimensions:

A recent attack on R.I.F.T. headquarters thrusts players into a thrilling new case where they must use their R.I.F.T. developed gear to sling, swing, fight and investigate across distinct dimensions. During their travels players will gather clues to bring themselves one step closer to finding the identity of R.I.F.T.’s attacker and save every variation of the universe.

The game is enjoying a 25% launch discount right now, so head over to Steam or Switch to download today!

Milkbag Games Releasing FutureGrind On PlayStation 4 and Switch This Month

We’ve known about FutureGrind for a while. We first wrote about it back in 2015, and now this month we’ll get the chance to play it. Milkbag Games have announced their futuristic stunt-bike game will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on January 22nd.

FutureGrind features dozens of tracks spread across different environments. From the sunny beaches of Miramar to the snow-covered peaks of Ralhorn, and everywhere in between, you’ll have plenty to do. Earn different bikes as you progress through the game, each with their own unique style of play. One thing remains constant throughout the game: FutureGrind is a challenging stunt-sport that’s all about tricks, skill, and speed.

Thankfully as well, it’s been confirmed to have a platinum trophy on PlayStation 4. Thank you Milkbag Games.

Battle Princess Madelyn Out Now On PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

Casual Bit Games over in Nova Scotia released their latest game Battle Princess Madelyn just before the new year (in NA), with it coming to European regions on January 7th. The game combines elements from Ghouls N' Ghosts and Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap, as you follow the journey of a young knight Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog Fritzy.

Join Madelyn as she battles through graveyards, swamps, castles, the countryside and more! Polished gameplay, breath taking visuals, jaw-dropping dual soundtracks and epic adventures await!

Head over to Switch, Steam, or PlayStation 4 to pick up the game. You can check out some screenshots, and trailer below.

LongStory Hitting Nintendo Switch Next Month

LongStory, the LGBTQ+ friendly dating sim from Bloom Digital Media, will be the latest Canadian game hitting the Nintendo Switch.

“On your first day of school you discover that the previous owner of your locker has “mysteriously” disappeared. Do you want to figure out what happened or are you too busy being a social butterfly and trying to avoid your enemies…

LongStory gives you a chance to find true love as a middle school student (yes with all the awkwardness that entails) but we promise it will be so much better this time around!”

All eight of LongStory’s episodes hit Nintendo Switch on December 6th for $14.99.