Review: 20XX (Nintendo Switch)

20XX is a roguelike action platformer that you can play with a friend. Jump and shoot your way through ever-changing levels, collect awesome new powers and battle mighty bosses in the name of saving the human race maybe!

Pros:

  • Awesome crisp cartoon graphics.
  • 1.1GB Download size.
  • Handheld is the ultimate way to play.
  • Opening tutorial level. (Repeatable)
  • Roguelike action platformer gameplay.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Two default characters- Nina (ranged) and Ace (melee). You can swap between them at any time when in the hub in between runs.
  • Online leaderboards that can be filtered by all the different run types.
  • Challenges- Daily, Hardcore daily, Weekly, Hardcore weekly, Rush job and speed racer.
  • Three play styles- Singleplayer, couch co-op and online co-op.
  • Three difficulties- Reverant (easy where you have 3 lives) Normal and Defiant (harder enemies but better drops).
  • Fantastic soundtrack.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Datalore- Info on all unlocks, Bosses, Enemies, Weapons etc and you can only view them once you have discovered/encountered them.
  • Options- Damage numbers, Double tap dash, Quick drop, Health display, Screen shake and display runtime.
  • Player one and two have their own set of options.
  • Analog and d-pad support.
  • Level end- Get a power from the boss, cash or a random unlock as a prize. You only get one choice from the three. You also get a bonus chest with random loot.
  • Save and exit in between levels.
  • Levels are randomly generated.
  • Finish a level, Pick your next level from three random choices.
  • Pick up health in levels.
  • End of level boss fights.
  • You only lose health when falling off screen instead of instant death.
  • Default powers- Dash, Jump, High jump, melee/shoot and wall jump.
  • End of run breakdown.
  • Tight responsive controls.
  • Bosses have a Pokemon vibe with the way you get hooked to discovering and fighting them all.
  • Alternate paths available in every level.
  • Difficult.
  • Infinite replayability.
  • Clear Megaman love.
  • Excellent in co-op play.

Cons:

  • Cannot earn trophies on easy difficulty.
  • Small text in the menu.
  • No duck button.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Can only shoot sideways.
  • Hard to distinguish between platforms and the background.
  • Difficult.
  • Doesn’t always make it clear what you get upon death.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

It’s clear that the game is a love letter to Mega Man but introduces it to the world as a roguelike. And you know what? It works and works really well thanks to good controls and some really good level design. Each level is random but always has multiple routes and secrets to find. I really enjoyed the co-op and it didn’t matter if it was local or online it felt flawless. 20XX is a decent roguelike that has many game modes and random levels meaning a lot of game and variety for your money. By the way, 20XX gets extra points on the Switch as the game is a perfect fit for handheld gaming, Playing local is easier and overall it just feels a bit better. Aside from that everything else is the same.

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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