Release Date: August 3rd, 2017 (Nintendo Switch)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
I am always happy to sit back while I stress and curse playing a scrolling ship shoot-em up. The more I curse, the better it is in fact. Strikers 1945 has always been one of my favorites in this genre, so I was ecstatic to find the game hitting the Nintendo Switch eShop last week. Suffice to say, over the last week I have been screaming f*** at my Switch more than any other game that has released for the system yet.
While the game plays like most vertical scrolling shooters, what makes it stand out a little more than others out there is your choice of ship. Beginning the game, you have your choice from 6 ships, each with their own special combination of primary weapon, missile, and special. It makes each ship feel unique so each play through is a little different depending on your choice. Also, if cursing at your Switch is not your thing, or if it is, there are several difficulty options you can choose from so it can be as easy, or as much of a bullet hell as you want.
The only real drawback of Strikers 1945 is that it only has a 8 levels to play through. You will go through most of them fairly quick depending on how good you are at these types of games, even though the ship variety does help make up for this. Otherwise the port does a fantastic job of bringing the arcade experience to the Switch, even giving you the ability to play the system vertically with one Joy-Con.
We’ve already seen a few similar games come from the Neo Geo and some more on the way, but Strikers 1945 is certainly the best so far. Its ship count and difficulty options make it easily stand out. It is a solid shooter that still looks fantastic and runs smooth considering its over 20 years old.