Savage Halloween Review (Nintendo Switch)

Savage Halloween Review (Nintendo Switch)

Every year the monsters are invited to the big 24hr Halloween rave, but this time no one came home, as an evil vampire used a spell to block the passage back to the afterlife because, according to him, the party could not stop.

Pros:

  • Brilliant 8bit graphics.
  • 154MB download size.
  • Chiptune soundtrack.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • 8-way shooting controls.
  • Guns-you have a selection of guns available and you collect ammo for them and can jump between them at will.
  • 3 characters each with unique stats-James, Lulu, and Dominika. A handful of character color palettes.
  • Funny guns like Frog guns, Chicken guns, ghosts, and spread.
  • Bullets all act uniquely like Frogs will bounce off walls, ghosts will stay around you and chickens explode.
  • Endless runner style levels.
  • Shmup style levels.
  • Two-player local support.
  • A lot of variation.
  • Levels have hidden rooms.
  • Crates-contain ammo for particular guns.
  • Death-instantly respawn, run out of lives and continue from the last checkpoint.
  • Seven stages.
  • Each stage is made up of levels and a boss fight.
  • Clever level design.
  • Retro feeling.
  • A couple of sections feel like a homage to other games of the genre.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Two difficulties-normal and hardcore.
  • Health pickups.
  • Can shoot when on the ladder.
  • Crouch and shoot.
  • Can stand still and shoot in all directions.
  • Find extra lives.
  • Collect special action tokens.
  • Some really nice-looking levels with animated backdrops and cool lighting.
  • Progress on the stage select screen is saved even if you get the game over.
  • The best score is shown on the main menu.
  • End of stage score breakdown.
  • The score pops up as you kill enemies.

Savage Halloween Review (Nintendo Switch)

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Basic almost nonexistent tutorial.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Sections of a level can feel drawn out.
  • Same enemies but different colors.
  • Checkpoints are levels so they are far apart.
  • When picking up ammo it will automatically change to that gun.
  • Can’t change controls.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Little replay value.

Savage Halloween Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.2/10

Summary

Savage Halloween is a platformer shooter with a retro game style with its Chiptune soundtrack and 8 Bit graphics. It’s a really good solid platformer, shooting is 8 way, the enemies are plentiful and the level design is basic but has enough secrets and crossroads it’s engaging. Every area on the map is a location that looks unique but also really good. I like that you have lives and continues but even at a game over your actual map progress is saved. You have 3 characters who each have unique stats for health, speed, and attacks and it does make a difference. Early doors feel basic and kinda flat but it builds over time and does eventually turn I into quite the challenge. I love jumping back in from time to time as it’s a good one of those.

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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