Switch Review Round-Up – A Bit To the Left, Spirit & Mouse, Lost in Play and more

by Ana Lopez

We try to cover every Switch game we’ve gotten a code for here at Gamezebo. However, sometimes we are lagging behind, as is the case now.

So here are some shorter reviews of games that have been released or updated on the Switch in recent weeks – which we might not have gotten around to otherwise.

A little to the left

A bit of amusing puzzle game, A Little to The Left is all about tidying up. Whether it’s rearranging books to their proper place, or placing pasta shapes in the most logical order.

As you’d expect, things start off easy and get complicated pretty quickly, and often the solutions can be a little perverse – but there’s a hint system in place so progression never gets too tedious.

There’s quite a bit of content here given the lower price tag, and the relaxed pace is a welcome change from more action-paced.

The Switch probably isn’t the best place to experience the game – this was originally a PC title – but playing handheld on the touchscreen is easy enough, and this is worth investigating for those looking for something else.

rating: 4 out of 5

Neo Geo Pocket Part 2

We were impressed with Neo Geo Pocket Volume One, but this sequel isn’t quite as exciting. It, of course, plunders lesser-known titles from the underrated handheld’s back catalog, with predictably mixed results.

Card Fighters’ Clash, Mega Man Battle & Fighters, and Biomotor Unitron are all highlights, though it’s worth noting that they’re all available separately as well.

Card Fighters’ Clash, in particular, is arguably the best game released on the system, with hugely involved and tactical card battles.

There are eccentric additions such as the Japan-only Ganbare Neo Poke-Kun, a tamagotchi where you play various mini-games. Unfortunately, this and the other Japan-exclusive titles have not been translated, which smacks of laziness and significantly diminished our enjoyment of the compilation.

This is ultimately a fairly well curated collection considering what there was to work with, but not one that was made with an enormous amount of love – and is probably only worthwhile for those massively interested in obscure handheld history .

rating: 3 out of 5

The Battle of Polytopia

Turn-based strategy games can often be intimidating, but that’s not the case with The Battle of Polytopia – it’s just a shame it’s not quite a perfect fit for the Switch.

A 4X title that asks you to build an empire – the low poly visuals do a good job of hiding what’s a deceptively complex heart beating beneath.

This version of the beloved mobile title includes the base game and there’s DLC that adds four special tribes to expand the experience if desired.

The main issue we have with The Battle of Polytopia is that it’s not ideally played on the Switch, although some effort has been made to make it playable with a controller – but it never feels hugely intuitive, meaning playing from the hand via the touchscreen is preferred. Which isn’t ideal if you’re buying it as a console experience.

Despite this issue, we recommend this for all Switch players looking for a new strategy title – it’s well presented and can be endlessly addictive. You may want to take a quick look at it on your smartphone before venturing into this iteration.

rating: 3.5 out of 5

Shovel Knight Dig

An intriguing entry in the ever-expanding roster of Shovel Knight titles, we don’t think it hits the high notes like some games in the franchise – but it’s still worth investigating.

Rather than a linear platforming adventure, this is a roguelite where you have to try to dig a deeper hole with each playthrough, improving your equipment and weapons with each attempt.

The presentation is top notch and the controls are rock solid. Any failure or death is always up to you, and the level of challenge means this fits perfectly with the Shovel Knight games that have come before.

While it’s not quite as compelling or instantly entertaining for our money as Shovel Knight’s usual adventures, this is still a well-put together title that has very few flaws when viewed purely as a roguelite.

rating: 4 out of 5

Lost in the game

A beautifully presented adventure, this is nominally aimed at a younger audience, but won our cold, bitter hearts quite easily.

You play as a brother and sister who enter a world of their own imagination and try to return home, solving a series of puzzles in levels that usually consist of about 4 to 5 screens.

There are some fairly attainable quests involved, but also a series of interesting mini-games and environmental puzzles – everything fits together incredibly well.

Add the beautiful hand-drawn graphics and animations and you have a title that is an almost essential experience for all ages.

rating: 4.5 out of 5

Ghost & mouse

Spirit & Mouse is a hugely endearing adventure that surprised us. It is a metroidvania 3D platform game made with love, care and attention.

You play as a mouse in a Parisian town of Sainte-et-Claire, where you must help an electric ghost named Lumion get home. To do this, you need to absorb happiness from the people living around you.

A strange setup, to be sure, but it’s a concept executed with such charm that you’ll be instantly won over – progressing through the story never feels like a chore.

There’s a good mix of exploration, fetch missions and platforming – the controls are easy to understand too, and the visuals (albeit a little at dark) are extremely attractive.

Spirit & Mouse is clearly a labor of love, yet exudes an effortless charm – which is no mean feat.

rating: 4 out of 5

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