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Review: Knight’s Retreat (Nintendo Switch) https://purenintendo.com/review-knights-retreat-nintendo-switch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-knights-retreat-nintendo-switch
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<p>Chess is a pretty intimidating game, I think. I can play it and occasionally win when going up against novices such as myself, but never against anyone of competence. As such, I rarely play it.</p>
<p>Knight’s Retreat, therefore, is a bit more appealing to me. It takes the core moveset of chess and breaks them down to single-player puzzles. You’re a knight, and you’re retreating to your kingdom. The challenge comes from the very precise path you must take to get there.</p>
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<p>You’re presented with 80 scenarios in which you must take specific steps to get your knight (or knights) to the ending square. You can only move like a knight on an actual chessboard, and you cannot return to a square once you’ve left it.&nbsp;Other chess pieces will get in your way, and you’ll need to clear them out. Again, each piece moves as it would on an actual chess board. It’s very easy to trap yourself or any of these pieces, so you’ll be restarting often.</p>
<p><a href=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2.jpg” class=”themewich-lightbox”><img loading=”lazy” class=”normal alignnone size-full wp-image-142255″ src=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2.jpg” alt width=”1280″ height=”720″ srcset=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2.jpg 1280w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2-300×169.jpg 300w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2-624×351.jpg 624w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2-768×432.jpg 768w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat2-740×416.jpg 740w” sizes=”(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px”></a></p>
<p>That’s pretty much it for gameplay, and it’s engaging enough. These are the types of puzzles where you’ll think you have it, only to discover you don’t, but one more quick try will certainly get you through. And maybe after a half-dozen restarts, it will. Fans of puzzle games such as Golf Peaks will find plenty to enjoy. I imagine chess players will also enjoy the challenges within the familiar rules.</p>
<p>A couple design elements, however, can detract from the overall experience. Although I enjoyed the relaxing audio, the graphics are basic and flat. I like the nicely “carved” chess pieces, but the landscapes are quite stark and the animations are very abrupt. The overall vibe could certainly be friendlier.</p>
<p><a href=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1.jpg” class=”themewich-lightbox”><img loading=”lazy” class=”normal alignnone size-full wp-image-142253″ src=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1.jpg” alt width=”1280″ height=”720″ srcset=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1.jpg 1280w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1-300×169.jpg 300w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1-624×351.jpg 624w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1-768×432.jpg 768w, https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/knightsretreat1-740×416.jpg 740w” sizes=”(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px”></a></p>
<p>Also, the camera controls are unwieldy. You can zoom in/out and rotate around the playing field using the Joy-Con or the touchscreen, but the awkward movement rarely results in optimum placement. Puzzles of this type don’t really need a 360 degree field of view, so I’d prefer if there was just a single preconfigured camera angle (or perhaps just four fixed options).</p>
<p>These are both minor complaints, of course, as neither affects the puzzles. With those, redundancy will be the only issue. Although they certainly get much more complex, they don’t really change. More squares, more pieces, more time. Knight’s Retreat doesn’t change up enough to refresh the overall experience, so how long you stick with it will depend upon how much you enjoy the challenge of the puzzles themselves. In other words, the better you are at chess, the more fun this game becomes as you move along. Novices, however, may resign before they’re halfway through.</p>

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Apex Legends joins this week’s eShop roundup https://purenintendo.com/apex-legends-joins-this-weeks-eshop-roundup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=apex-legends-joins-this-weeks-eshop-roundup
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I love all things Nintendo! It’s my Dad’s fault really, since he bought my sister and I the NES many Christmases ago. It was the beginning of a love affair, but who could blame me? There was no better introduction to video games than Mario and Zelda! I’m a proud owner of a 3DS (Fire Emblem-branded, thank you), a Wii U (which, incidentally, also doubles as my TV remote), and the Switch (day one, naturally). I’m a writer and a web developer, so I love writing reviews and take design elements very seriously. My all-time favorite game is Super Mario World for the SNES, though I’m also partial to any of the Mario Kart entries. </p>

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Review: Wind Peaks (Nintendo Switch) https://purenintendo.com/review-wind-peaks-nintendo-switch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-wind-peaks-nintendo-switch
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<div><img src=”https://purenintendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Wind-Peaks-title.png” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><span>As someone who enjoys a Where’s Waldo-style Scavenger Hunt, Wind Peaks holds some definite appeal. But I feel it’s probably a bit too limited for its own good. What I hoped would be a great game wound up being just a decent one.</span></p>
<p><span>There’s not much plot in this adventure. “Guess the story,” Wind Peaks advertising invites, and cutscenes flesh it out a bit. In short, there’s a scout troop on a treasure hunt.</span></p>
<p><span>The 10 levels you’ll explore are sizable. This is a great thing…on paper. In execution, things could’ve been handled better. This game needs more items relative to the size of each level. The approach here is surprisingly conservative. The items you do need to find appear as small icons that can be hard to identify. There’s also the odd disingenuous bit, where they appear in different colors.</span></p>

<p><span>The conservative approach carries through in other ways. While the hand-drawn cartoony visuals are quite attractive, the levels tend to look very similar. The animation is also a little too subtle. Are we in Windy Peaks or Gentle Breeze Peaks? Musically, there seems to be more focus on environmental effects than soundtrack variety. Even then, some things you click on are oddly silent.</span></p>
<p><span>Add in a too-close zoomed-out view and shortage of characters outside your scout troop, and I found myself too often staring at similar empty screens. I wish the developers had gone whole-hog when designing this game. It even ends quicker than expected, with the ending setting up a sequel.</span></p>
<p><span>Now, with my disappointments out of the way, there’s still plenty to like here, for sure. The puzzles force you to think. These can involve finding certain items before others can be uncovered. Or, you may find items outside of your small list that can still be interacted with. This brings some welcomed variety to exploring without being used in excess.</span></p>

<p><span>I also feel like I should commend the hint system. At first, I wasn’t sure how it worked. But it’s set up in a superior way over many comparable games. Rather than just showing you where an item is, it starts a time-limit countdown. This prevents abuse and can also lead to satisfaction if you find the item with seconds to spare. Should the time expire, it will point you towards the area where said item lies.</span></p>
<p><span>More often than not, this family game has the right stuff. But I want <em>more</em> of it: more animations, more characters, more music, and most of all, more objects to find. Wind Peaks presents a tasty appetizer, but I’m hungry for a full course.</span></p>
<p><span>There’s certainly something to be said for a game that leaves me thinking about it and wanting more. Wind Peaks definitely grew on me. But, reaching the end after playing for just over three hours (and getting all achievements) is a tough pill to swallow for a $14.99 game. I hope the sequel plays it less conservatively.</span></p>
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