AngerForce: Reloaded for Nintendo Switch is a hardcore scrolling fly-and-shoot game done in the ’90s arcade style. It’s set against the backdrop of a 19th-century human world that has seen the outbreak of a robot rebellion. The game uses an original cartoon/comic art style. Made with traditional 2D technology, thanks to free-form deformation technique, its character animation sequences are rich in detail, achieving a 3D-like effect. The players will be able to improve their characters by choosing from randomly generated abilities. Your choices will impact your entire stage progression. You can choose from dozens of upgrade choices to complement your characters’ special abilities, thereby creating a unique personal play style. In addition, the game also features a Local Co-op Mode that will allow you to explore the story alongside your friend.
At the start of the game, you have a choice between 4 different players. These guys are called Shin, Echo, Samhill and Asimo. They each have their own weapons, strengths and weaknesses. For example, Asimo can take more hits than the others, while Samhill is a more balanced character.
AngerForce: Reloaded has a similar game system to Dead Cells. You have one life to try and complete the 7 levels in the game. Each level gives you orbs, which can be used to upgrade your character for the next run. You can also use these to revive your character but at a high cost.
AngerForce: Reloaded Nintendo Switch Features:
- A straight-up hardcore STG that takes you back to the fast-paced ’90s.
- Original Robotech and a unique comic art style that employs FFD technique to achieve detailed and 3D-like effects in 2D animation.
- 7 elaborate stages and 10+ crazed bosses to defeat.
- 4 original characters, each of them having two special abilities and one powerful bomb.
- A roguelike randomized ability system.
- Create your own unique play style by mixing and matching your character’s abilities.
- Explore the story behind each character and the secrets surrounding the enemy legion.
- More than 20 original tracks.
- Vertical screen mode.
Though the 7 levels make the overall game short. The fact you have to build up your character to get there means it is an addictive process. You will find yourself learning the moves and spread of the enemies and avoiding them as you play. The look and music for each level is fun and makes the obvious grind less like a chore. It is a 2D game, but they use a free-form deformation technique in order to make it look 3D from the top down. It feels like the game was meant to be played in portrait mode (similar to Downwell). Though you would need a specific grip for that, or leaning it carefully against a wall.
There are a couple of different modes to keep your interest in the game. Arace is a lot of fun, as it allows you to pick a randomly generated perk before the start of each level.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing AngerForce: Reloaded. Though its no AAA game, it’s still a lot of fun to play. Finally, check out our other gaming reviews.