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This week's European downloads - February 22/23 (Pac-Man, PAYDAY 2, Space Dave and more)

Nintendo eShop (Switch)

PAYDAY 2 (Starbreeze Studios, available February 23) - €49.99/£44.99

PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew - Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains - as they descend on Washington DC for an epic crime spree.

Up to four friends co-operate on each heist, and as the crew progresses the heists get bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming an infamous criminal comes new customization that lets players build and alter their guns and gear.

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Bloober Team) - €19.99/£17.99
Layers of Fear: Legacy is a psychological and psychedelic horror game about a madnessengulfed painter striving to create his Magnum Opus. Learn the dark story of his past while gathering carefully crafted personal items that can be found in the game. Traverse the vision-induced, constantly changing house full of supernatural phenomena, where each move of the camera can shift the environment, and discover the true motive of the artist.

Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules) - €9.99/£8.99
Old Man’s Journey, a soul-searching puzzle adventure, tells a story of life, loss, reconciliation, and hope. Entrenched in a beautifully sunkissed and handcrafted world, embark on a heartfelt journey interwoven with lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving.

POOL (Sabec) - €7.99/£7.19
An Easy to play POOL game for all ages, play against another person (2 player) or against the Ai (artificial intelligent) player and rediscover the fun and excitement of this classic arcade game. With stunning high definition 3D graphics and realistic physics, you will feel like you are playing on a real table.

Puzzle Puppers (Cardboard Keep) - €4.99/£4.49

Puzzle Puppers is a puzzle game about stretching cute dogs to their food bowls. Easy to learn, difficult to master with deceptively simple puzzles and mechanics.

Space Dave (Choice Provisions) - €7.99/£7.19

Space Dave!, the spiritual successor to the hit game Woah Dave!, is a modern take on the fixed shooters of yesteryear. Defend your ground against the alien onslaught! Protect your terrain from their endless arsenal of weapons!

ChromaGun Demo (Pixel Maniacs) - Free

Welcome to ChromaTec’s test lab! You’re here to test our newest, state-of-the-art military-grade color-technology: The ChromaGun (patent pending)! Use it to try and solve our meticulously designed test chambers. The basic principle is as easy as applying it is complex: Exit the chambers via the exit doors. But be weary of the WorkerDroids in charge of maintaining the chambers. They’re not exactly what you and I would call “human friendly”.

10 Second Run RETURNS (BLUE PRINT) - €5.00/£4.32
The action game, "10 Second Run" is back! The rules (and controls) are simple: "Move Sideways" and "Jump & Dash" to get to the finish line in under 10 seconds! Unlock different types of stick figures as you clear the stages! Run solo or race against others in multiplayer mode! Any time, any where, with anyone, simply run, run, run! You'll be surprised how much excitement is packed in 10 seconds- and how long 10 seconds can be!

Arcade Archives HEROIC EPISODE (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
“HEROIC EPISODE” is a shooting game released by IREM in 1986. The people of Mule are facing destruction at the hands of the Gasp Empire. Control a heroic soldier on the ground and in the air as they battle their way to retrieve the stolen goddess statue. Utilize their maser with its normal shots and power-up shots to wage this battle.

ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP III (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"Magical Drop III" is a puzzle game released in 1997 by Data East. With adjustments and additions to the system from Magical Drop II, this version is much more lively and chain-based than its predecessor. Along with the addition of the Magical Journey mode, there are now more ways to enjoy the action.

Ace of Seafood (Nussoft) - €7.39/£6.69
You can now openly admit to the desire we all share to become seafood.

Because ACE OF SEAFOOD is an action game where you can form a party of up to 6 fish, crustaceans etc. and scavenge the depths of ocean while battling other life forms and increasing the strength of your own forces.

Fish, crabs, squid, sharks, seals... even warships. Open world level design lets you freely explore the sea, taking control of a wide variety of life forms. As you win more battles, you will gain access to more unique and powerful lifeforms.

By the way, life forms in this world have the ability to shoot powerful laser beams that can destroy pretty much anything.

Dragon Sinker (KEMCO) - €12.99/£11.69
Employing 8-bit graphics and sound that hark back to the golden era of RPGs, Dragon Sinker brings a visual and audio feast to the table of hungry gamers starving for the nostalgia of the great classics of yesteryear!

Hollow (Forever Entertainment) - €19.99/£17.99 (€17.99/£16.19 until March 8)
In “Hollow,” you are one of the pilots that transports precious resource cargo from the mining ship Shakhter-One down to Earth. One day you wake up in an emergency capsule drifting near the facility. You don’t remember who you are, or how you got out there… All you can remember is an autopilot docking code for capsule dock NR 6.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 PLUS (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment) - €19.99/£16.99
The PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 series has finally come to the Nintendo Switch in the name of “PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS!” Featuring eye-popping high resolution 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level!  Play by yourself or with your friends in the all new Co-op game, PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS 2P – exclusive only to the Switch! Get on the train, the ultimate PAC experience is coming!

Radiation Island (Atypical Games) - €9.99/£8.99
Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.

Spacecats with Lasers (Bitten Toast Games) - €4.99/£4.49
Spacecats with Lasers is the ultimate combat experience in the meowverse! Fight the evil spacerats in this frenetic wave-shooter and aim to defeat the pug king!

Superola and the Lost Burgers (Undergames) - €5.99/£4.99
Superola and The Lost Burgers is an epic retro style platforming adventure, in which you’ll have to guide a burger loving llama in its quest to defeat the Hotdog Aliens and recover the stolen hamburgers... before they get cold!

Typoman (Wales Interactive) - €12.99/£9.99 (€10.39/£7.99 until March 8)
Typoman is a puzzle platformer which takes you on a journey to explore the Power of Words in the everlasting battle between good and evil. You slip into the role of a character made of letters, struggling to make your way through a dark and hostile world. Despite your small stature you have a powerful gift: You can craft words which will have an effect on the environment!

Star Ghost Demo (RAINYFROG) - Free

A Metagon war fleet has been detected at the outer perimeter.

Patrol 12 star systems in the most advanced star fighter ever built.

Navigate the perilous fragments of exploding planets, survive intense asteroid fields and dogfight with deadly Sentinel ships as you defend against the relentless onslaught of the formidable Metagon empire.

Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition (Two Tribes Publishing, available February 23) - €14.99/£13.49 (€9.99/£9.03 until March 9)
Explore an enthralling forest island, learn magical songs and interact with the local wildlife to solve environmental puzzles.

Toki Tori 2+’s game design requires just two moves: whistle and stomp. It's super accessible, yet it builds up to incredible complexity later on.

Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games, available February 23) - €7.99/£7.99 (€6.79/£6.79 until March 5)
Watt and Volt are two twin robots, who have been forgotten by time and abandoned in an old robot factory. Marked as defective by mistake, if they wish to prove themselves as deserving a place in today’s world, they must pass a series of grueling tests.

Watt and Volt will have their work cut out for them, but the good news is you might not have to go it alone as although both robots can be controlled at any moment due to swapping between them, co-op is fully supported, so as long as you have a friend to control the other robot, the only thing you’ll need to focus on, is what your own robot is doing.


Downloadable Content

Pinball FX3 - Pinball FX3 - Jurassic World Pinball (ZEN Studios) - €9.99/£8.99

With one pinball table based on Jurassic World and two more inspired by Jurassic Park, you know what that means - LIFE FOUND A WAY!

Dragon Sinker - Boost Scroll (KEMCO) - €4.99/£4.49
Adds a 100% bonus to the EXP/JP earned for all characters.

Effect stacks for similar items.

Additional Content can be viewed in the Item section of the inventory in the menu.

Dragon Sinker - Encounter Scroll (KEMCO) - €1.99/£1.79

Enables the option to select “No encounters” and “Every Step” in the Encounter Rate section of the Option menu.

Additional Content can be viewed in the Item section of the inventory in the menu.

Dragon Sinker - Experience Scroll (KEMCO) - €4.99/£4.49
Adds a 200% bonus to the EXP earned for all characters.

Effect stacks for similar items.

Additional Content can be viewed in the Item section of the inventory in the menu.

Dragon Sinker - Full Recovery Scroll (KEMCO) - €3.99/£3.59

All characters' HP, MP and abnormal statuses are fully recovered and cured after battle.

Additional Content can be viewed in the Item section of the inventory in the menu.

Dragon Sinker - Job Points Scroll (KEMCO) - €2.99/£2.69

Adds a 200% bonus to the JP earned for all characters.

Effect stacks for similar items.

Additional Content can be viewed in the Item section of the inventory in the menu.


Pre-orders

A.O.T. 2 (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €69.99/£54.99

Pre-Order until 19.03.2018, 23:59 local time

Game description: Abandon all fear.  A.O.T. 2 is the gripping sequel to the action game based on the worldwide hit anime series "Attack on Titan."

Experience the immense story of the anime alongside Eren and his companions, as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human devouring Titans.  Try your hand in operating the omni-directional mobility gear, manoeuvring and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents.

A.O.T. 2 Deluxe Edition (KOEI TECMO EUROPE) - €109.99/£89.99

Pre-Order until 19.03.2018, 23:59 local time

Game description:【Deluxe Edition Contents】 ・"A.O.T. 2" Game ・20 piece additional outfit set *Additional outfits included with this set can also be purchased separately. Be careful to avoid making a redundant purchase. *After purchasing this content and receiving your additional outfits, you cannot cancel your purchase, regardless of whether you have downloaded the relevant items.

A Normal Lost Phone (Plug In Digital) - €5.99/£5.49

Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 14:59 CET

Game description: A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player.

The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone’s text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam’s life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear.

Detention (Coconut Island Games) - €10.49/£9.49 (€8.39/£7.59 until March 1)
Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 08:59 CET

Game description: Detention is a unique atmospheric horror game heavily influenced by Taiwanese/East Asian culture, religious elements and mythology. Based on the 1960s Taiwan under martial law, in this 2D atmospheric horror side-scroller, the player control characters who venture into the school beset by hostile supernatural events to uncover stories behind the haunted place. Incorporated the game provided players with unique graphics and gaming experience.

Little Triangle (KONANDENKI) - €12.99/£11.69
Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 14:59 local time

Game description: “Little Triangle” is a side-scrolling action game. Button operations are simply walking and jumping.  Complete the stages by defeating the unique enemy characters and bosses!

Manticore - Galaxy on Fire (Koch Media) - €19.99/£17.99 (€17.99/£16.19 until March 23)
Pre-Order & Sale until 22.03.2018, 23:59 CET

Game description: Write your legacy in gunfire and smoke as you take down the galaxy’s most wanted criminals in action-packed dogfights! Rise to become the hero of the Neox Sector – a deadly fringe world terrorized by ruthless crime lords and their no-good underlings!

Packet Queen # (Studio F-Sharp) - €4.99/£3.99
Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 08:59 local time

Game description: Divide up the packets that appear one after another, and aim to get a higher score than your opponent. This is a competitive-type active solitaire game where you aim for a high score by gathering the necessary packets while avoiding specific colors and putting them together in poker-style hands. There are 39 stickers to collect based on how you play. Includes VS Mode where you can compete against other players over the Internet. Aim for a high rank after completing story mode!


Special offers
Heart&Slash (BLG-Publishing) - €12.59/£11.33 (ends March 21, normally €13.99/£12.59)
Nightmare Boy (Badland Games) - €8.99/£8.09 (ends March 21, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Nuclien (SPRINGLOADED) - €2.59/£2.24 (ends February 28, normally €3.49/£2.99)
Ultra Hyperball (SPRINGLOADED) - €6.99/£6.29 (ends February 28, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Black the Fall (SandSailorStudio) - €11.99/£9.59 (ends March 8, normally €14.90/£11.99)
Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) - €14.99/£13.49 (ends March 15, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Tumblestone (QuantumAstroGuild) - €7.79/£7.19 (ends March 22, normally €12.99/£11.99)
Slime-san (Fabraz) - €8.03/£6.70 (ends March 8, normally €11.99/£10.00)
Sparkle Unleashed (10tons) - €6.39/£5.59 (ends February 28, normally €7.99/£6.99)
Mad Carnage (QubicGames) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends March 19, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Hollow (Forever Entertainment) - €13.99/£12.59 for owners of Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back, Sparkle 2, Violett, Frederic: Resurrection of Music, Millie and Qbik (normally €19.99/£17.99)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

RTO 2 (nuGAME, New 3DS only) - €9.99/£8.99

RTO 2 is a side scrolling first person shooter with elements from the survival horror genre.

Take control of a 6-man team through four episodes and do your best to survive and complete your mission.

RTO 2 features randomly generated levels and permadeath. It will pitch you up against hordes of enemies and test your survival skills.

SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form) - €19.99/£14.99
SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath.


Add-on Content

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Rage of the Fallen (Deep Silver) - €2.49/£2.29

Save Marco and Aht from danger!
- Prerequisite: Aht in the party
- Recommendation: Lv. 30 or above

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Under the Moonlight (Deep Silver) - €2.49/£2.29
Enjoy a new quest with Rainie or Eruca!
- Prerequisite: Eruca in the party
- Recommendation: Lv. 30+


Special offers
Breakout Defense (nuGAME, New 3DS only) - €4.90/£4.20 (ends March 22, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Christmas Night Archery (Petite Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (ends March 8, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Halloween Night Archery (Petite Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (ends March 8, normally €1.99/£1.79)
Carps & Dragons (Abylight) - €1.99/£1.79 (ends March 8, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (ends March 22, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) - €1.68/£1.49 (ends March 1, normally €2.25/£1.99)


Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Special offers

99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.24/£1.14 (ends March 22, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun (Yappa Pie) - €1.97/£1.64 (ends March 8, normally €3.59/£2.99)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.24/£1.14 (ends March 22, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Double Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.90/£4.20 (ends March 22, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) - €1.49/£1.11 (ends March 1, normally €1.99/£1.49)
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.90/£4.20 (ends March 22, normally €7.00/£6.00)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (ends March 22, normally €5.99/£5.39)
STEEL RIVALS Double Breakout (nuGAME) - €4.89/£4.19 (ends March 22, normally €6.99/£5.99)
Tumblestone (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild) - €14.99/£11.99 (ends March 22, normally €24.99/£19.99)

Comments

If I could advise one game for people to buy from the list of games released on Switch this week,, it would be Toki Tori 2. It is a truly brilliant game. It's a 10/10 for me. I'm sorry that Two Tribes are disbanding, they didn't get the success that their talent deserved.

On the other hand, however, if I could advise one game to avoid, it is definitely Superola and the Lost Burgers. Awful, absolute stinker. Read some reviews to get an idea of just how bad it is. I read a review from a Nintendo website a couple of hours ago that gave it 1/10.

Thanks for the suggestions! That is said about Two Tribes shutting down. Didn't they release Toki Tori 2+ for the 3DS at some point (or was it the OG DS?) for DsIWare? Anyway, that does sound appealing and your review will definitely lead me to check it out.

I have to say, your comment on 'Superola and the Lost Burgers' had me instantly Googling the game: anything *that* bad needs to be examined hahaha. Thanks again.

You know, I'd seen some screenshots for it, but I passed them up because I figured this game wasn't my thing...

But now I find myself wondering, just what the hell IS Ace of Seafood?

I meant to leave you a reply but must have just clicked general comment, so you can look down below if you are interested. You've got a point!

wobblebobble
Thu Feb 22 18 03:30pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

This was supposed to be a reply to Freezair, but yeah, what's up with that title? It is so enigmatic and weird it demands to be checked out. I love how the ease of Switch development is seeing so many indies step up with off the wall game ideas. Maybe that's not the cause, because a lot of these games are on Steam, too. But "Battle Chef Brigade?" A cooking game combining connect-three color puzzling with hardcore hack and slash action? The second part of that sentence is interesting enough, but again: a *cooking* game that does that.

UPDATE: Okay, Freezair: I don't know if you've checked out 'Ace of Seafood' already after finding the title amusing, but I just read the game description on Nintendo.com and it's a billion times weirder than you would think from the title, which is already quite weird. Hahaha. Love these off-the-wall games.

Honestly, I just might. Because holy crap, this looks weird. And I looooves me some weird.

It vaguely reminds me of a HELLA obscure PS2 game called Finny the Fish and the Seven Waters. Which, like all good super-obscure games, had a pretty excellent soundtrack.

Oh man, out of upvotes but your comment makes me happy. Haha Thanks for bringing my attention to this game.

Finny the Fish? I'm going to have to YouTube the soundtrack now, you know that right? Haha you're full of good ideas. This is a great community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz7Y-VtTkac

My favorite song in the game. It's a good starting point. :D

Oh, that's nice! Keeps going in unexpected directions.

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