Given the overall lack of sports-oriented titles on the Switch in general, let alone from indie developers, it’s always a blessing to get something new to check out on the system. OlliOlli Switch Stance was a great reminder of the well-known series, delivering crisp and challenging play, but also feeling more like a satisfying appetizer than a real meal. With World, it feels like roll7 has decided to really swing for the fences and create something that marries its rock-solid and satisfying core gameplay with higher-end production values, design, and diversity… and for the most part they really knock it out of the park. Sporting a thoroughly stylized and unique look, a great soundtrack, and challenges to your board skills, reaction times, and sense of creativity everything really comes together to hopefully help propel an indie darling to greater mainstream success. I will note that the animations in the cutscenes and dialogue at times feel a bit janky somehow, and I’m not positive that’s intentional, but thankfully when you’re hitting the pavement to play everything is as tight and smooth as ever. There’s no doubt a certain well-known major franchise available on the Switch is still the king, but it’s impressive how quickly the OlliOlli team has worked to close the gap, sporting plenty of personality and fun to accompany the satisfying play they’ve always had a firm grip on.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [9.0]