Developer: PlatinumGames Inc

Publisher: PlatinumGames

  • Price: $39.99
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: Feb 26, 2024 [$17.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $17.99
  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • If you’re an old-school arcade shooter fan the Nintendo Switch was already bordering on a dream console. Now, with the addition of Sol Cresta, yet another pretty unique piece of a surprisingly diverse picture representing the genre has continued to make it even better. My exposure to the series is pretty limited, while I’d played Moon Cresta way back in the day it didn’t really speak to me. After having the entire Cresta series lineage laid out to open I feel sufficiently caught up in terms of the series surprisingly-rich lore (though let’s face it, arcade shooters pretty well never had any) so that left me to grasp the gameplay element that makes it unique, namely the ability to reshuffle your 3 ship types and recombine them for different effects. This makes for a pretty intricate and interesting ballet of trying to keep up with shooting enemy ships while trying to grab every potential power-up and opportunity to score, shooting and switching out ships so you can match the colors of boxes, rings, or shielded enemies you can encounter. It’s a bit overwhelming at first but pretty quickly it feels surprisingly intuitive, if always a bit awkward when you’re trying to do it in a rush. To the game’s credit, though the root experience is pretty common with different shot styles, enemies swarming through in different formations and flight patterns, and challenging bosses, this stacking mechanic absolutely makes it stand out… for better or worse. If you enjoy classic shooters but are looking to kick the challenge up a notch with an added layer of craziness to take into account Sol Cresta absolutely delivers that. If you’re more casually into shooters, even though you can adjust the difficulty, it may be a bit too intense compared to other options in the eShop.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.5]

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