A fair warning to anyone perusing through this week’s releases, there have been a few games this week that are mobile gaming ports. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but suffice to say it won’t be worthwhile to spend over $10 USD on a game that may be free on your phone or tablet so keep your eyes out for those games. Also as of today, if you’re interested in any of the games mentioned you can try clicking on the title of the game which will link you to one of my partnered sites to buy the game if it’s available! (It may not be the Switch version, so keep an eye out on that.) So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s top three releases!
#3 Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator
While managing a haunted restaurant on its own seems like a fun concept to begin with, Scott Cawthon’s spin-off game Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator merges the fun of a business management game with the anticipating horror of Five Nights at Freddies, with a couple bonus parts mixed in. Maintain and build up the business with better decor, animatronics, food, and tables, then spend the nights performing maintenance, cleaning, scaring away animatronics crawling through the vents to murder you, and go out and taser some animatronics outside to collect scrap. Sounds like an average day of work. Unfortunately the Switch version does lose some points for its price given that you could just play the PC version for free on Steam, but to each their own!
Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulator made by Frontier Games, and has been their best selling game so far. Although it was initially met with some mixed reception, that game quickly became a hit among gamers. Featuring a sandbox mode and a career mode, you’ll be tasked with taking on contracts from advisors of security, science, and entertainment and building five parks and splicing some dinosaurs together to gain a five star reputation among all of your parks. If you fail to meet one of your advisors expectations, it could lead to sabotage which means dinos could get hurt or worse, they could be unleashed. And if it doesn’t sound fun enough yet, did I mention you’ll get advice from Jeff Goldblum?
This one may have been an obvious choice for first place. Not only is the Pikmin series generally adored by many fans (myself included), but Pikmin 3 is the most well received of the series. On top of that, Pikmin 3 Deluxe is no mere port from Wii U to Switch, but actually adds a lot of worthwhile content worthy of the Deluxe title. Not only is the DLC from the Wii U version included, but other additions include an easy and ultraspicy hard mode, co-op story mode, side stories featuring Olimar and Louie, a variety of control styles to suit your personal preference, and several quality of life and visual adjustments! This may be one of the rare cases where buying the deluxe version may actually be worthwhile even if you already own the Wii U version.
- Yestermorrow: A 2D platforming puzzle games where you travel back and forth through time. The downside is that first-hand reviews have reports some bugs and performance issues, but on the bright side, you can pet all the animals. Gamer’s rejoice! (Bitmap Galaxy)
- The Long Return: A short emotionally driven game where you play as an orphaned fox retracing its steps to find its mom through a series of beautiful landscapes and puzzles. (Max Nielsen)
- Mad Father: A survival horror game where you play as an 11 year old girl named Aya who lives with her father and maid, but finds out one night that her father has been performing human experiments in the basement when the experiments break loose and come after her. (Sen)
- 8-Bit Farm: Not quite on the level of Story of Seasons or Stardew Valley, 8-Bit Farm focuses more on the business side of farming and less on the social interactions, which can often be fun in its own way. Your goal is to compete with other farms to be the top farm by the end of the year! This is a mobile port, however the mobile version of the game is not free (just cheaper) so it’s up to you on whether you want to spend the extra amount for a console version! (Kairosoft)