Review: Q-Yo Blaster (Nintendo Switch)

Q-YO Blaster

Q-YO Blaster is a shooting game, with peculiar characters, strange enemies, weapons and many explosions.

Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics.
  • 185mb download size.
  • Shmup gameplay.
  • Local leaderboards.
  • Two control types.
  • Joycon support.
  • Eight levels.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Bullet hell elements.
  • Two modes-Classic and arcade extreme.
  • Two difficulties-beginner or normal.
  • Pick your character, 6 of them each with different stats for damage/speed/fire.
  • 3 teams to add to your character-endurance, damage or mixed.
  • 2 special move choices-shield or super shot.
  • Slick animations.
  • Cuphead feel in terms of animation execution and play style.
  • Difficult.
  • End of each level grants you one pick of a power-up like faster movement, better bullet spread or 1 up.
  • Image cutscenes.

Cons:

  • Continuing after a game over involves pausing and continuing.
  • Difficult.
  • The slowdown in places.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • Can’t rebind controls.
  • Slow mover.
  • Limited modes.
  • No free play.
  • Little replayability.

Q-YO Blaster

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Q yo blaster is a curios game. At its core, its a solid run of the mill shoot em up. But the animation work really sets it apart with an almost pixel version of Cuphead, it all flows like a deadly cartoon designed to kick your ass. The characters are colorful and fun and I like how you create a build-in essence, choose team style and special move it’s just another layer to an already deep system. Shame about no online leaderboards or free play mode for us players who suck at shmups. All is not lost however for each completed level lets you pick a much-needed power-up or extra life to try and make life easier. I fell in love with visuals but stayed for the challenge. OK yes, the game is not full of game modes but what it does have there is fun deep and rewarding and is a shmup all fans of the genre should give a serious look at.

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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