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There’s some type of witchcraft happening with Witcheye, and we’re not simply speaking concerning the title character. This is a 2D platformer that does not contain any leaping in any way. Spooky.

On the outset of the sport, you are taking management of a witch who turns herself right into a free-flying eyeball – as a result of witches – with a view to chase down a sticky-fingered knight. With neither limbs nor gravity to fret about, you are immediately in a position to traverse these tight tunnel-like ranges with a straightforward flick of the Pleasure-Con stick or touchscreen. Set off in a route and left to her personal units, our witch will behave relatively like a rubber ball, bouncing off surfaces and – when you’re not cautious – into spiky traps. Fortunately, urgent any major Pleasure-Con button or tapping the display will cease you useless in your tracks.

Witcheye’s controls totter tantalisingly between laser-like precision and barely restrained chaos, relying on what you are attempting to perform. That is sophisticated by underwater sections that continuously push your witchy eyeball in direction of the floor with a well-observed buoyancy impact, windy sections that sluggish your ahead momentum, and webs that incapacitate you for a number of excruciating sections. All of it provides the sport a particular flavour that we’re relatively keen on, although there might be frustrations in the case of a number of the enemy encounters. That is the place Witcheye’s true problem lies.

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Captured on Nintendo Swap (Handheld/Undocked)

In contrast to most platformers, defeating enemies in Witcheye is a straightforward case of colliding with them. Earlier than lengthy, nonetheless, baddies will seem that require you to method them from a sure angle, or to assault them at a sure weak second. Some will actively damage you with projectiles or spiky surfaces, or will leap at you with unpredictable hops. If you have not fairly tamed these quirky controls, you will discover {that a} single stooge can wipe out half your restricted coronary heart provide in brief order.

You do not have to sort out each enemy, although. In the event you select to bypass them, it is pretty easy to blast by Witcheye’s bite-size ranges very quickly in any respect, with solely the odd boss or locked-room encounter to sluggish you up. In the event you’re a real completionism, nonetheless, you will have to cease and have interaction the grunts, as they typically quit one of many handful of collectable gems which might be strewn by every stage.

Others could be stashed in breakable packing containers or hidden simply off-screen in suspicious areas. Uncovering these gems is commonly solely half the battle, as you then have to nip again in and acquire them earlier than they disappear off-screen. Bosses, too, can present a stiff problem. There’s by no means a thriller when it comes to what that you must do with a view to defeat them, as it is a acquainted case of avoiding their looping assault patterns and pinging into their glowing weak spot(s). However doing this in a recreation the place your hard-won platforming abilities show nearly ineffective takes some getting used to.

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Captured on Nintendo Swap (Docked)

Witcheye’s unorthodox controls betray its cellular heritage. The sport was constructed with touchscreen management in thoughts, and it reveals. It performs greatest in handheld, the place shifting and stopping are layered on prime of each other. Utilizing analogue sticks to maneuver would possibly really feel extra satisfying to a die-hard console gamer, however we discovered it to be much less exact and instinctive. The sport’s compact, considerably simplistic ranges additionally communicate to a recreation that was supposed for the transient staccato rhythms of cellular play.

Whereas Witcheye is a fairly comfortable slot in handheld mode, it does not play fairly as nicely right here because it does on cellular platforms. The Swap is a much less wieldy touchscreen gadget than most fashionable telephones and tablets, in any case. Even low cost Android tablets and Historical iPads provides you with a bigger and sharper image, to not point out being simpler to carry one-handed.

Nonetheless, Witcheye essentially works as supposed in handheld mode. We won’t fairly say the identical when the sport is performed in docked mode. Whereas they work simply positive, the bodily controls add to a (fairly literal) sense of distance from the expertise. And while you’re sat again in your sofa enjoying Witcheye, you realise what a slender, primary platformer it’s. Past these collectable gems and a want to see what delicate twist on the motion system is across the nook, there actually is not a lot meat to the sport.

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Captured on Nintendo Swap (Handheld/Undocked)

What comes throughout as a clear, interesting 16-bit artwork type in handheld mode appears ever so barely anaemic on a 50-inch TV. Maybe it is partly as a result of there are simply so many video games on the eShop that lean on a SNES aesthetic (to not point out the prepared availability of the Nintendo Swap On-line SNES library itself), however Witcheye’s visuals simply do not fairly pop in your TV like they do in your telephone.

Whereas it by no means fairly seems like a local Swap expertise, Witcheye is a extremely entertaining spin on the outdated 16-bit platformer. In the event you love the aesthetic of these SNES-era jump-a-thons, however develop weary of the identical outdated head-bouncing mechanics, Witcheye will likely be a greater than worthy diversion. Simply you’ll want to reserve it for these out-and-about events, the place it is in its ingredient.


Witcheye is a unusual platformer with an progressive motion system, and it is nicely price enjoying when you’re after a contemporary, bite-size handheld-focused expertise. Faraway from its cellular context, nonetheless, it does not fairly have the mandatory tactile enchantment to beat the sport’s relative lack of depth. Enjoyable as it’s, that is one cellular port that does not really feel completely at house on Swap.

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