Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:47

REVIEW: Death Squared (Nintendo Switch)

Written by Keith Dang
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Death Squared is made by Sydney based devs SMG Studios and their game is basically a puzzle game which is now out for the Nintendo Switch.

In Death Squared, you control up to 2 coloured squares if your playing on your own in single player or up to 4 squares if you're playing in multiplayer. The menu screen is really easy to navigate as it only has three straight forward options, Story, Party and Vault. Story Mode has you play though 80 stages, Party Mode has you doing the same kind of thing but with up to 4 players and Vault Mode is only unlocked when you complete all stages in Story Mode and Party Mode.

The game is pretty basic, you move squares around on platforms that are floating in some sort of big room. The idea is to get your coloured squares, a red and a blue one, to certain positions. Once you get them there you've complete the stage and you move on to the next level. In the early stages of the game you can customize the blocks, but the customizations options aren’t really to in depth. The first few stages are easy, but as you progress they become harder and more complex with even more dangers you'll have to look out for.

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You have unlimited lives in the game, but every time you die, which will do alot of by falling off the platforms or by spikes, the game keeps a record on how many times you've die and it shows up in your stats. When you unlock the stage you'll see the stage name and once you complete it you'll see the time it took you to complete along with how many times you've died.

When you begin a stage you'll be greeted by an awesome voice over that has a certain sarcastic tone to them. They'll also comment on everything that happens. It's funny what he says when you die a lot or when you take too long to finish the stage. The controls are simple, you move the squares with the right and left analog sticks, but trust me you'll need some co-ordination as I found myself getting the sticks mixed up and moving the wrong coloured squares. I mainly used the control pad for this but later on I tried it with the joy cons attached to the screen, but it really doesn’t make much of a difference control wise. The view is sort of a top isometric 3D view and screen will automatically adjust when you move the blocks around.

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Playing on the Nintendo Switch tablet screen I found that the graphics were sharper then when I play it on the TV screen. 
Sound wise it’s pretty simple, there is an exploding sound when you blow up one of your blocks and when you go over a switch, apart from that there isn’t much more to it.

If you're into puzzle games then you should give Death Squared a go. If you aren't, then you might get bored after the 15th stage but If you have a few friends to play with, then you're going to find this a lot of fun.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: SMG Studio
  • Genre: Strategy, Puzzle