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Thread: This Switch Game is WORSE Than The Letter

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    This Switch Game is WORSE Than The Letter

    Apparently it has a 13/100 on Metacritic. It's just BAD!

    Source: Vroom in the Night Sky Review - Switch eShop | Nintendo Life

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    Vroom in the night sky - we're not sure why capitalisation is ignored in the game title - is a pebble (we really hope you didn't skip that first paragraph or this will make no sense at all). From the moment you turn it on things seem pretty bad; the awful translation from Japanese to English (which is a consistent issue throughout the game) greets you with "Are you the first time to play this game?". With Vroom in the night sky being developed by a small independent team in Japan who were likely on a very small budget, we were willing to forgive this in part, but the issues continued.



    As it was our first time playing we were offered a tutorial – but whether we chose 'Yes' or 'No', 'No' was selected for us. After a few moments of confusion, a trip to the game's settings showed that the 'B' button is used to make selections, with the 'A' button being used to go back or select 'No'. When you get stuck into the game's levels this starts to make a bit more sense, but this was a minor and early indication of flawed communication and design in this title.


    Once you're all set up and ready to go you are informed that you are a "Magical Girl", with the task of flying through magical worlds on a "magical bike" which uses "magical gasoline". It's pretty magical. Your goal is to enter each level and collect every Keystar – the number of which varies slightly from course to course – before flying through a hoop. Completing a level earns you stardust (more of which can be picked up as you fly through each course) which in turn can be spent on new bikes and other vehicles. Different vehicles offer slightly altered speeds and handling, which are essential for completing the game's achievements and can unlock later levels, of which there are eight in total. Unfortunately, the levels themselves are pretty unattractive, dominated by ugly polygons that are rather bland and repetitive, meaning that each new place you visit doesn't fill you with the wonder that the characters suggest throughout.



    Flying your bike is very simple, with the 'B' button being your accelerator (hence why the menu control scheme makes slightly more sense after a while), 'A' being your brake and the left control stick being used for direction. Pressing 'A' and turning at the same time can sometimes pull off handbrake-turns that generate more points – almost like a drift-time accumulator in driving games – which is also essential for some achievements. You do have a limited supply of petrol, however this takes an incredibly long time to run out – so long that we never went down to any lower than 90% in any level – and can be refilled whenever you like anyway by driving through a beam of light in the centre of the stage, making the whole thing rather pointless.


    Eventually in each level a rival appears, declaring that she will steal all of the stardust for herself. Whilst you'd think that this would give you some incentive to rush around and try to beat her to it, in actuality the stardust eventually regenerates anyway so you can just wait to collect it if you're bothered enough. This is ironically where the most "magical" part of the game comes to light, however, as once your rival appears a conversation sparks up between the characters resulting in some highly entertaining translation errors. Sometimes they can be small, cute mistakes where it is easy enough to decipher what was meant to be said, but other times they leave you wondering what on Earth could possibly be going on. Errors should not be the most entertaining part of a game, but in this case we'll take what we can.

    CONCLUSION:

    Vroom in the night sky offers so little content and such poor communication that it is hard to think of any reasons to recommend this to anyone. Technically the game works – there are no major bugs or glitches, levels and items unlock as you'd expect and pressing accelerate makes your bike go forwards – but that doesn't make it enjoyable.


    Steer clear of this one and save your hard-earned cash for other titles that deserve your attention.
    Everyone go buy it!!!

    Remember, Nintendo is giving Devkits only to the best indies currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Remember, Nintendo is giving Devkits only to the best indies currently.
    That only applies to non-japanese devs. All Japanese developers are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahhhhyle View Post
    That only applies to non-japanese devs. All Japanese developers are good.
    Well that's an odd vetting process...
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    What was that one cat game that got cancelled because it was so bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenSaucer View Post
    What was that one cat game that got cancelled because it was so bad?
    Flavoured Cats?

    On topic, that's a new low.
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    I almost bought that game lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by aMarioFan64 View Post
    Flavoured Cats?

    On topic, that's a new low.
    Yeah, that's it. And it was on topic. My point was going to be that this looks about as bad as Flavoured Cats.
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    Maybe we humans just don't appreciate the flavour of cats..? I mean they seem to delight in licking themselves all over! How do we know their bumhole doesn't taste like purple Skittles!? They spend enough time on that region that it might explain much!

    On topic...

    This game wouldn't even be worth a download as Homebrew, let alone paying money for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Nick666 View Post
    Maybe we humans just don't appreciate the flavour of cats..? I mean they seem to delight in licking themselves all over! How do we know their bumhole doesn't taste like purple Skittles!? They spend enough time on that region that it might explain much!
    I hear they like them in China.
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    The waiting game on Switch is pretty bad too.
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    Lunkhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Nick666 View Post
    Maybe we humans just don't appreciate the flavour of cats..? I mean they seem to delight in licking themselves all over! How do we know their bumhole doesn't taste like purple Skittles!? They spend enough time on that region that it might explain much!

    On topic...

    This game wouldn't even be worth a download as Homebrew, let alone paying money for it!
    They probably taste like squirrels, fyi that's nothing like purple skittles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukabuksilaks View Post
    They probably taste like squirrels, fyi that's nothing like purple skittles.
    Squirrels are tasty. Not bad for a tree rat.
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    Lunkhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew79 View Post
    Squirrels are tasty. Not bad for a tree rat.

    And if you use my special patentet squirrel snare, they're already on a stick when you catch them
    (They do taste much better than rat though, they're tree dwelling gourmet rats )
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    The Letter was absolutely embarrassing, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Nick666 View Post
    Maybe we humans just don't appreciate the flavour of cats..? I mean they seem to delight in licking themselves all over! How do we know their bumhole doesn't taste like purple Skittles!? They spend enough time on that region that it might explain much!

    On topic...

    This game wouldn't even be worth a download as Homebrew, let alone paying money for it!
    Do you like Chinese? If so, you already know what they taste like.

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    Looked online. Apparently is $10...USD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Looked online. Apparently is $10...USD

    Sent from my Galaxy S6
    Are they going to pay us $10 to play it? If So, I will THINK about it...

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