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Developer: Zoink Games Publisher: Zoink Games Platform: Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Date: August 7, 2018 ESRB: T for Teen Note: This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game Flipping Death is developer Zoink’s newest foray into side-scrolling cartoon adventure games. Those who recall Stick It to the Man! are likely aware of the studio’s penchant for oddball humor and situational comedy. Flipping Death follows in its spiritual predecessor’s footsteps, adopting a similar tone and art-style. Does it do enough to stand out from Zoink’s growing library, or will you be left flipping Death off? Players inhabit the mind of Penny Doewood, a recently-deceased young woman with a love of the macabre and all things Halloween. Death, however, is not the end for our dear protagonist. The scene literally flips to a place called the Otherside, where ghosts, restless souls, and all manner of strange creatures exist. Penny awakens in this alien, yet familiar, parallel world and immediately earns a job from Death himself. It seems the Grim Reaper is tired of constantly taking lives, and craves a quiet vacation to the Moon where there’s nothing but blissful, peaceful solitude. Flipping Death tasks Penny with solving the various crises of restless souls all across the Otherside. From a ship captain who got caught cheating because of his boat’s name to vivisected superhumans craving revenge, the offbeat cast of quirky characters provides much of Flipping Death’s charm. To help the ghosts reach a satisfying rest, Penny must possess the bodies of the living on the other side of her new world. While inhabiting a living host, Penny gains access to whatever abilities that person has. Each of these abilities is crucial to solving Flipping Death’s bevy of environmental puzzles, but can also be used to complete side objectives that reward character art cards. The perspective shift can be a bit jarring at first, but you’ll grow accustomed to it as time goes on. What you may struggle to come to grips with are the platforming mechanics, which feel a bit loose at the best of times. The Switch’s small controller nubs only make the lack of precision all the more noticeable, though it likely won’t impede your progress that much. Using ghost Penny’s scythe to teleport and capture souls in order to possess the living takes some getting used to, but the controls eventually become second-nature. Flipping Death isn’t terribly difficult, but a few of the environmental clues and the sequence of characters needed to complete the puzzles may stump you once or twice. The game encourages a trial-and-error approach, though you may find yourself possessing characters out of order. Unfortunately, I did run into a bug that did not let one of the characters I possessed leave his office-space, forcing me to reload the level. The rest of the experience was largely error-free and enjoyable. Like Stick It to the Man!, Flipping Death’s visual presentation is wholly unique and engrossing. The cartoon-esque world is vibrant and full of teeming, creepy things scuttling in the backgrounds. Character models are well-designed and fully-voiced, lending a good deal of strong production value to the whole experience. The Switch port does seem to suffer some minor input lag and dropped frames every now and then, but it’s to be expected given the hardware. This is, by and large, a well-executed version of the game that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I missed out on Stick It to the Man!, but Flipping Death is a great introduction to Zoink’s zany brand of humor. The writing is consistently strong, even featuring some genuine warmth amid the gut laughs. A few odd bugs here and there and some occasionally frustrating platforming mechanics mar an otherwise-strong game, but that shouldn’t deter you from wearing Death’s mantle once again. With the Halloween season nearly upon us, there’s no better time to get spooky and take a trip to the Otherside. Pros + Well-written and genuinely funny + Beautiful art style and great audio production + Fun puzzles and a vibrant game-world Cons - A little buggy at points - Platforming on the Switch can be hit or miss Overall Score: 7.5 (out of 10) Good Flipping Death is a brief, but very enjoyable journey through the spirit world. Its puzzles, artistic vision, and sense of humor are all on point. You’d do well to give this macabre world a look. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable code provided by the publisher
Jason Clement posted a article in NintendoThings just got a whole lot more brighter for the Nintendo Switch as today the Big N announced a slew of major indie titles that are heading to the platform very soon -- some of which were just announced for the first time. The presentation began with the announcement of SteamWorld Dig 2 before reconfirming some other big indies such as Choice Provision's Runner 3 and Playtonic Game's Yooka-Laylee. Other brand new indies heading to Switch that were just revealed for the first time include Flipping Death (from Zoink Games, of Stick it to the Man! fame) and Kingdom: Two Crowns (from Raw Fury and Art in the Heart), a tactical game in the same vein as Nintendo's Advance Wars. Also interesting -- Blaster Master Zero (from Inti-Creates) is launching exclusively on Nintendo Switch and 3DS on March 9 and will feature a two-player mode as well as numerous character cameos. A virtual reboot of sorts of the original Blaster Master (for NES), Zero is looking like an incredibly sharp Metroidvania title, so be sure to keep an eye on it if that genre is in your wheelhouse. Nintendo's Damon Baker also confirmed that more than 60 major indie titles are currently in development for the Switch, many of which are making their debut on the platform first before anywhere else and will include Switch exclusive features such as HD Rumble among other things. The full list of games shown in the presentation and confirmed to be coming to Switch are as follows: Runner3 from Choice Provisions SteamWorld Dig 2 from Image & Form Games Yooka Laylee from Team 17 and Playtonic Games Blaster Master Zero from Inti Creates Pocket Rumble from Chucklefish Games and Cardboard Robot Games Flipping Death from Zoink Games Mr. Shifty from tinyBuild and Team Shifty Wargroove from Chucklefish Games Stardew Valley from Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe Shakedown Hawaii from vBlank Graceful Explosion Machine from Vertex Pop Tumbleseed from aeiowu Overcooked: Special Edition from Team 17 and Ghost Town Games The Escapists 2 from Team 17 and Mouldy Toof GoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Noio Dandara from Raw Fury and Long Hat Hous There are many others that weren't shown but are confirmed to be coming to Switch as well, including last year's critically acclaimed Thumper, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Treasurenauts, and more. You can check out the full Nintendo Switch Indies Showcase presentation below. Are you looking forward to any of the indie games mentioned, and will you be buying them on the Switch?