Residual Review (Nintendo Switch)

Our Residual Review takes us to a forgotten galaxy full of strange planets, we crash-landed on one with the ancient mystery. Craft tools and mining devices. Hostile biological life, and more stand between the voyager and survival. You’ll have your snarky and occasionally helpful Personal Disaster Bot with you the entire way.

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Residual Review Pros:

  • Decent pixel art graphics.
  • 305MB download size.
  • Survival adventure gameplay.
  • Game settings – use Fahrenheit or Celsius, auto pick up transporter, force 24 hour days, permadeath, auto-hide missions, screen shake intensity slider, and in-game time speed slider.
  • Five save slots.
  • Basic tutorial help.
  • Codex shows any collected lore and items.
  • Full stats and completion percentages.
  • 2D viewpoint.
  • Scanner for getting info on items, materials, and creatures.
  • Save when you want.
  • Missions are to help move the story along.
  • Sleep to advance time and regain stamina, health, and hunger levels.
  • Uses full stamina, health, and hunger system.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Transporters can be placed anywhere and act as fast travel between them.
  • You have a base that you use to craft.
  • Radar will show what you have explored and you can have it show particular materials and their locations.
  • Huge emphasis on scraping together materials and crafting.
  • An absolute time sink.
  • Craft new tools like axes and mining components.
  • Cutesy animations.

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Residual Review Cons:

  • The tutorial is so minimal it’s almost nonexistent.
  • Slow burner.
  • The controls are awkward and use a really obnoxious ledge grab mechanic that frustrates more than it helps.
  • It’s not that user-friendly for missions and crafting menus.
  • The food and stamina system feels like an additional annoyance than adding to the experience.

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Residual:

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Developer: OrangePixel

Publisher: Apogee Games

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Have you ever knocked on someone’s door, you hear them in there bu they never answer? Well that’s how playing Residual felt. I knew there was a game in there but no matter how much I kept knocking it took hours for someone to answer! Residual is a great game but my god do they make you work for it. The idea is pretty simple, gather materials and craft new items to then gather other materials and find out about the world. The controls are gross with a ledge system that still haunts me, maybe I was doing it wrong but I’m going to blame the game as I am in that kinda mood! Back to it and the game does have a lot of depth and variety but it also has a lot of needless padding and guff. I wish it was a bit more streamlined and it did away or made it easier to deal with the meters for stamina and health because it really doesn’t add to the overall experience. I do get the feeling of a game that would have fit well back in the day and this is a modern remake or re release as it has modern gaming parts but it feels rooted in the past. I would say give Residual a chance because it is good but its more a question of do you want to dedicat the time to learning it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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