Red Game Without a Great Name Review
By Gary Gray
So it’s not very often that a game comes along that you can only play in handheld, yet here's the latest to hit the nintendo eshop. Delivering letters as a mechanical bird in a silhouetted steampunk world might be a little bit crazy in itself but when you add the power to teleport in, then you know it's going to be cranked up another notch!
An auto scrolling screen, a constantly flying bird, and deadly obstacles are the basis for the gameplay throughout and it's your job to make sure that the letters get delivered safe. Controls are fairly simple, you drag the bird to where you want it to go and it will teleport to that exact spot once you life you finger off the touch screen. Hazards are everywhere! From going out of the screen, hitting barbed wire and getting crushed to death, you’ve got to navigate the constantly pushing levels in order to get to the cage at the end while optionally picking up some collectables in the form of Cogs. Other mechanics get introduced to keep you on your toes, so look out for those speed boosts and wall breakers! The beginning is incredibly easy but that doesn’t last long, and soon Red game really lets you know who's boss, forcing you to make uncomfortable moves and fast decisions that really hooks you into that “One more try” trap of addiction.
Dusk red backgrounds that gradient into an almost dawn like look are draped into the background of a jet black silhouette foreground, and it’s an absolute charm. Turning components, cage like traps and spiky pillars all make up the features of the foreground, and even though it's all black, it never once made me feel like i didn't know what anything was. Where its minimalist for sure, it’s a look that suits Red game, not only in name, but in mechanics too, claiming a clean and crisp look that shines on the switches tiny screen.
Red Game Without a Great Name is one of the lowest priced games in the eshop, and for what it boasts for its small price point is actually a fantastic touch screen puzzler, that ramps up in difficulty giving you a major sense of accomplishment whenever you finish a stage. So if you're into touch screen puzzle games this might be right up your street.
Red Game Without a Great Name is out now on the Nintendo Switch eshop.
Lastly Thank you to Ifun4all for Supplying us with a copy of the game.