(Review) Crawl - Nintendo Switch
Gameplay - 9.5
Graphics - 9.2
Handheld Mode - 8.1
Crawl is one of the best couch co-op games I have ever played. Pick this up!
Crawl has finally come to the Nintendo Switch! For those unaware, crawl was released back in 2014 on Steam by Powerhoof Games. I loved this game back then and it was one of the games my friends and I said, "Wow, that would be perfect for the Switch!" about.
Crawl is a 4 player co-op game where one player has their humanity, and the rest of the players are the enemies and try to take their humanity from them. After leveling up, the goal is to defeat the boss (Also controlled by your non-alive friends) and escape the dungeon. This makes for some fun, hectic, and memorable couch co-op moments that make this game one of my favorite indie titles, and favorites for this console.
Crawl starts you in a random dungeon with your friends and forces you to fight to the death. The last one standing keeps his humanity, and must start crawling the dungeon in search of the boss, power ups, and the next floor. The main obstacles in your way are the friends you killed in the start. They take control of traps, monsters, and anything else in the room in an attempt to kill the player and restore their humanity.
The dead players can hover over pentagrams to summon a monster to fight for them. All of them have different abilities, evolutions, and things that make them a pain in the ass to the player character. This is one of my favorite parts of the game, because they are so fun to play as and level up.
The boss of the floor can be challenged after growing until level 10, but be careful. Your friend also control the boss and try to kill you. If the boss wins 3 times, the game is over and no one wins.
If one player manages to defeat the boss, he is crowned boss killer and is the winner of the game. There are more bosses, enemy classes, evolution's of enemies, and weapons to unlock. Replayability is key here, and boy is it there.
One of the coolest parts of Crawl is the art style. It has this minimalistic, yet highly detailed, pixel art style that really works for this game. The animations are fluid, the enemies are cool, and the bosses are epic. The art style really puts you in the world and sets the stage for the adventure to come.
The art is something you don't see a lot, but I would like to! This is pixel art at it's finest. Would love to see you do some Lovecraft or H. R. Giger style stuff, mate.
Handheld Mode is something I like to do for all Switch reviews. This is a big part of the system, and it is something that makes this game very cool. Breaking off the Joycons for a quick co-op between classes or something makes this a very handheld game. It is even fun to play solo with bots. Overall, this game fully takes advantage of the Switch's unique capabilities and features. The Switch version of Crawl is the definitive version of the game.
Crawl - Conclusion
Overall, Crawl is an absolute delight and this version is a great update to the game. It runs flawlessly, is a hell of a lot of fun to play, and it takes full advantage of the Switch's capabilities. Couch co-op is a great experience, and I am glad to see games like this and Moon Hunters coming to the Switch. Crawl is a game that you will come back to time and time again, and still discover something new or have a unique experience. Pick it up when it comes out 12/19/2017 (tomorrow) on the Nintendo eShop!