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Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder

Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder. Devastated

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Have you ever found yourself just endlessly scrolling through the Nintendo Switch EShop,
not sure of what you’re looking for, or even what you want to play. You come acrossana icon
that looks like a picture a young child drew of a soldier. You keep going because you tell
yourself that looks childish. That’s where you are wrong. Paper wars for the Nintendo
Switch is a hidden gem, worth your time and affection.

Here they come

Paper war treats your eyes to a unique art style that looks like it was made out of notepad
sketches. After that you have the options of playing through three chapters made up of
twenty-eight mission each, you also have the option of playing a survival mode. After
jumping into a mission, you are tasked with holding the hordes of enemies off, by shooting at
them with your tank and using power-ups that appear on the battlefield.
Each mission begins with a short description of what needs to be accomplished. This is
really nice because it switches the gameplay up just enough to keep the game interesting.
Some missions might have you focus on only one type of enemy.You may also have to hold
your enemy off for a set period of time. For those of you who love achievements, there is a
medal system based on how efficient you are at completing missions. So this gives you
something to go back for, and also add replay value to this game.

Fire at will

paper wars battle
One of the greatest this about this game is that it utilizes the Switches touch screen. I found
the game a lot more enjoyable when using the touch controls. I also wanted to do a little
experiment with this game. My nine-year-old son really has no interest in video games. He
will play for a race or two of Mario Kart, but no more just enough to amuse his old man. He
does, however, love his Ipad, I said to him, hey give this new game a try, you can use it like
your Ipad, I then had a hard time getting my switch back because he was having a blast. I
really wish more developers would take advantage of this style of gameplay, so that more
people could enjoy the switch.

Man down

The one problem I had with paper wars was the type of text the developer used. I don’t know
if it is me getting old, but sometimes it took me a minute to figure out the text. They use
uppercase lowercase and backward letters at random.

cannon fodder paper wars

The final stand

At the end of the day, paper war is a hidden gem on the Nintendo EShop. With the amount of
content you get and the amount of replayability you will get out of it, this is a must-have
game, it’s great because you can easily knock out a mission or two while waiting in line at
the store, or riding the bus. There needs to be more games like paper wars that are
designed to be consumed in three to five-minute chunks.

By: Joel Brooks
Nintendo Family Gaming

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Serial Cleaner Review (Nintendo Switch)

Lets Clean!

Serial Cleaner is a game that I previously covered for its PC version as part of my 31 Days of Halloween series from October. I went into quite a bit of detail there, but I’ll refresh everyone on much of the details, and then discuss how the game translated over to the Nintendo Switch.

Serial Cleaner starts off with a very stylistic, and cinematic cut scene reminiscent of the great seventies cops and robbers action movies. The cheesy, but pulse-pounding movie score sets the mood perfectly, and the hand-drawn paper craft like graphics make the game less grotesque than it ought to be and add a lot of charm and personality. The autumnal shades of oranges, greens, and browns lend themselves well to the era, and the game play is well tuned.

You use your analog stick to move around, A to interact with most items (besides bodies, Y to pick up bodies, ZL to activate cleaner sense (allows you to scan the map for bodies and items of interest), and ZR to activate the vacuum used to clean blood away.

Stealth Cleaning

Serial Cleaner is a stealth puzzle game that tasks you with recovering dead bodies, cleaning up puddles of blood, and collecting evidence at brutal crime scenes, usually populated by enemies of the locally organized crime syndicate. iFun4All has even scattered collectibles throughout the levels that will net you clothes changes and bonus contracts to extend your gameplay experience. Hiding these collectibles around the stage adds replayability, and as is usually the case, adds to the difficulty of the game.

The game has a fair amount of difficulty, but there are a few things that make it somewhat easier than it could be. For one, finding a hiding spot instantly stops your pursuers from looking for you. Obviously, this isn’t unique to Serial Cleaner (I’m looking at you, Grand Theft Auto series), but it can be immersion breaking for some. If you repeatedly get busted during a contract, the location randomly places the bodies around the crime scene again. Sometimes this makes it easier, sometimes harder. Collectibles and evidence don’t have to be located again on a body moving fail, but if you don’t complete the contract before shutting the game down, you will have to find the evidence again.

One minor gripe that I didn’t address before, is that if you walk away from the game and come back to it from a fresh load, you have to watch the opening cinematic that sets up the contract again. No big deal, because it lets you experience the world with the story and characters fresh in mind, but it would be nice to have an option to just skip that portion and start at the contract itself. The world is well fleshed out by having pop cultural references in newspapers delivered to your doorstep, and by having your mom prompting you to watch the news or latest television show with her. It’s a nice touch, but the story and characters are mostly inconsequential since the game is really all about the stealth puzzles.

Conclusion

How does the game run on the Switch? Perfectly. The controls feel very intuitive, and zipping around the stages cleaning up blood with the vacuum is much better on the Switch’s Joycon than with mouse and keyboard. HD Rumble is utilized in the game to enhance the experience. When you get busted, which is shown on screen with a cop whacking you with a nightstick, there is an intense rumble. When you pick up and drop a body into your car or out of a window, you get little rumbles simulating the action of picking up the body and the thump that would accompany dead weight.

I feel like the vacuum cleaner not having HD rumble was a missed opportunity, as it doesn’t even activate the motors at all, so I’m hoping for an update that patches that in for the future.

In my original review of the game, I pointed out that the gameplay may get a little tedious during long play sessions, and that it would be well suited to the Switch’s pick up, play, and then suspend and go style of accessibility. While it is true that being able to suspend the game and later jump back in instantly does make the game a better experience compared to the PC, I actually found the gameplay itself less tedious because of this. I’ve personally never been one to play games on PC, but when I did it tended to be long haul simulation games. Things like Sim City or Civilization. A game that you will be investing hours on end into. Serial Cleaner is a quirky puzzle game best suited for short play sessions, but addictive enough that those short play sessions can turn into an hour very quickly. Puzzle games have always been a better fit for handheld consoles, and so Serial Cleaner really shines on the Switch because of this. I love this game more each time I play it, and cannot wait to get into the bonus contracts. This is the best version of the game.

4 out of 5 stars

*Originally published at Soda’s Fountain Arcade