Implosion – Never Lose Hope Review

Publisher:  Flyhigh Works

Developer:  Rayark

MSRP: $11.99

Rated: Teen

Release Date: July 6th, 2017

Platforms:  Nintendo Switch

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


The Nintendo Switch’s portable option design makes it a natural fit for ports from mobile games.  In certain cases this is welcome news as there are plenty of great mobile titles that would work great for the system.  In other cases it means we get plenty of junk thrown on the eShop that would have been better for everyone involved if it stayed for the iOS or Android only as is the situation with Implosion.

The game is a fairly basic hack and slash.  You have two normal attacks that you can string together for different combos while also having the option to use your rifle for long-range attacks.  Mix in some equippable power ups, a few guns with limited ammo to pick up, and an assortment of rechargeable special attacks, you plow your way through aliens going from point A to point B during plenty of couple minute levels.

For a few five-minute gaming sessions, Implosion doesn’t seem all that bad.  Considering it originated as a mobile game, it actually looks sharp and runs smooth, albeit a little bland after a while.  The real problem comes from the game just being to shallow for a full experience.  The various upgrades you can pick up or buy try their best to shake things up, but none of them ever made my character feel really different.  In the end what really hurts the game is the level design.  On my phone I am perfectly happy to play levels that average 3 minutes in length, the perfect time in between whatever I may be doing.  With the Switch on the other hand, when I pull it out I plan on playing a bit longer than that whether I’m in handheld mode or docked.  Burning through these quick levels consecutively burned me out much to fast as the lack of depth is more prevalent the longer you play it at once.

For all the complaints, Implosion is not a terrible game.  For a fun diversion on your phone, it can be entertaining is small doses.  However, this is a title that should have just stayed on mobile devices strictly. With the amount of games were starting to see on the eShop, your money would be better well spent elsewhere.

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