As color-matching puzzle games somewhat similar to Ironcast have become more dominant on both iOS and Android, some negative stigma has formed around these kinds of titles appearing on consoles. They are sometimes seen as too simple and short to really have any staying power or relevancy on a home console. People do tend to forget though that great titles such as Puzzle Quest on the Xbox 360 prove that these kinds of games can still bring fun and addictive experiences to devices that arent cell phones.
Fortunately, Ironcast falls in with the latter group, touting deep and interesting mechanics that mix in some strategy game and roguelike elements. The game stands on its own as both a console and handheld game on the Switch, and manages all of this with an awesome Steampunk setting.
The game stands on its own as both a console and handheld game on the Switch, and manages all of this with an awesome Steampunk setting.
Ironcast is set in 1886 London, in a world where France and England have been at war for almost ten years over a valuable resource called Voltite. In order to gain an edge in battle, the titular Ironcasts, hulking steam-powered mechs, were built by both sides, and handle the most of the heavy work for the armies. Players control one of multiple Ironcast commanders of the British army, carrying out missions to build up the armys forces and gold supply.
Each of the games commanders have interesting backstories detailed in their descriptions, as do the Ironcasts they pilot. While the steampunk world and story may seem somewhat generic upon first inspection, Ironcast does a great job at world building through little things such as mission, character, or Ironcast descriptions. Players must survive as long as the can against the French, taking on different missions to build up the British army, and take down key French opponents.
Before players start a campaign in Ironcast, they must choose both a commander and what kind of titular mech they want to bring into battle with them. Each commander and Ironcast has different special abilities, like giving players a boost if a certain number of nodes are matched. Players start the game will only one commander, and awaken with memory loss in a tutorial that weans player into the titles deep mechanics.
During missions, two Ironcasts go head to head, and attempt to deplete their opponents HP to 0. While the ultimate goal is to destroy the enemy, players must also keep an eye on four meters at the top of the screen. These display your Ironcasts ammo count, energy, coolant supply, and repair supplies.
Collecting nodes is a ton of fun, and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to combat.
Energy allows players to put up a shield around their Ironcast and start walking to raise the mechs evasiveness. Every action takes heats up an Ironcasts system, depleting its coolant, so that must be constantly refreshed. Finally, the repair bar allows players to repair individual parts of the Ironcast in order to keep those things functional. These meters must be kept full by connecting different colored nodes on the screen. Purple, orange, blue, and green nodes represent ammo, energy, coolant, and repair respectively. Yellow nodes can also appear, and garner players additional gold if collected.
While players can connect as many nodes of the same color as they want, they are only allowed to create offered a limited number of moves each turn. Players can link two different color chains if they run into a rare link node (symbolized by a red chain), but they dont spawn often. Players can also find white Overdrive nodes, which can power up actions that the players Ironcast takes. While this may seem simple and somewhat unoriginal at first, collecting nodes is a ton of fun, and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to combat.
Once players collect as many nodes as they can on a turn and fill the meters, it is time to spend those points. Each Ironcast is equipped with two weapons, which take various amounts of ammo to use. Players also have a shield they can put up and can start walking to increase evasiveness. All of these systems have their own health bars, even on the enemy, so it is smart to directly choose which parts you want to target when taking on an opponent. I started most matches by target my enemies shields, as those can become a detriment as the battle goes on.
Ironcasts gameplay makes you feel like you are inside a mechs cockpit, constantly checking on tons of different systems, and becomes very addictive and rewarding as the game goes on.
If any of these systems go down, it can hurt ones chances to survive a mission, so it is smart to constantly keep an eye on their healthbars and repair them when needed, though repair these parts doesnt refill the Ironcasts health bar. Each turn contains a ton of micromanaging, and while it may seem overwhelming at first, it really sticks once you get the hang of it. Ironcasts gameplay makes you feel like you are inside a mechs cockpit, constantly checking on tons of different systems, and becomes very addictive and rewarding as the game goes on.
While connecting nodes stays very entertaining, playing on a controller can cause a few problems when if you are trying to connect nodes that are located diagonally from each other. These inputs can sometimes be registered in different directions and into Overdrive and Link nodes, which can sometimes be unwanted and is somewhat frustrating to undo. Even when playing with touch screen controls on the Switch, connecting nodes doesnt function as smoothly as in other similar titles. While this flaw is manageable, it does slow down an already slow-paced game even more.
After each mission, players are brought back to a hanger, where the Ironcast can be repaired, augmented, and leveled up. Leveling up unlocks new abilities for both commanders and Ironcasts, and become very useful in later battles. Bringing ones Ironcast back up to full health can sometimes be expensive in terms of gold, but is worth the cost, as going into battle with a damaged mech is a death sentence, and death is permanent in Ironcast.
If a player dies at any point during Ironcasts campaign, they must restart from the beginning. While this is frustrating both at the beginning and when you lose more than an hour into a campaign, each campaign nets players Commendation Points. These points can be used to buy new Commanders, Ironcasts, Abilities, and general gameplay buffs that make later runs easier. These roguelike elements are very welcome, as Ironcast is a very difficult game, and while some of that can rely on luck, it never gets frustrating.
Ironcast capturesthat one more turn feeling almost perfectly, which allows the game to stand on its own on a console such as a Switch.
Ironcast ended up becoming yet another indie gem for me on the Switch. While its mechanics were initially daunting, once I got the hang of them I couldnt stop playing, and kept trying to get further and further with each consecutive run, hoping to take on one of the games giant bosses. As a fan of both strategy games and roguelikes, I was happy to see that those elements blended nicely with the puzzle genre here to create a memorable experience.
While Ironcasts controls could feel somewhat restrictive at times, and RNG elements out of my control could sometimes end my campaigns early, I never felt discouraged about jumping back in. Ironcast is able to capture that one more turn feeling, which allows the game to stand on its own on a console such as a Switch.
The systems portability is also a great fit for the game, as I could easily knock out one or two missions while on the go. It reminded me of puzzle games from the heyday of Xbox Live Arcade such as Peggle and Puzzle Quest, and makes me hopeful that the Nintendo Switch will be a similarly great platform for smaller, outside the box indie games such as Ironcast.
Go here to see the original:
Ironcast Review Nintendo Switch Meets Steampunk – DualShockers
- PUZZLE GAMES Online - Play Free Puzzle Games at Poki.com! - May 3rd, 2019
- Puzzle Games - Build Your Brain - Agame.com - April 24th, 2019
- Jigsaw Puzzle Games| Free Online Puzzles for Kids and ... - April 9th, 2019
- Page 5 of Puzzle games, Free puzzle games - Dailygames.com - April 3rd, 2019
- Amazon Best Sellers: Best Puzzles - April 3rd, 2019
- Puzzle Games - Dailygames.com - April 3rd, 2019
- Numbers 0-10 Puzzle Game | Game | Education.com - April 3rd, 2019
- Braingle Brain Teasers, Puzzles, Riddles, Trivia and Games - April 3rd, 2019
- The Brain Game 2 - Free online games at Gamesgames.com - April 2nd, 2019
- Free puzzle games for kids - play online - March 16th, 2019
- Play FREE Online Puzzle Games at FreeKI Games - March 16th, 2019
- Home | Labyrinth Games & Puzzles - February 1st, 2019
- Amazon.com: Puzzles: Toys & Games: Jigsaw Puzzles, Brain ... - January 29th, 2019
- The Impossible Quiz - Free Online Puzzle Games from ... - January 8th, 2019
- Free Puzzle Games - Download Word Puzzle, Jigsaw Puzzle ... - December 20th, 2018
- Puzzle Games - Free Online Puzzle Games - Page 5 - November 27th, 2018
- Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles & Games | Play for Free - November 27th, 2018
- Chess Puzzle of the Day - Can You Solve It? - October 12th, 2018
- Free Puzzle Games - Play Games For Free - September 30th, 2018
- Play Free Puzzle Games Online - 4J.Com - September 29th, 2018
- Free Jigsaw Puzzles - Jigsaw Puzzle Games at ... - September 29th, 2018
- Empty Room Escape - Free Online Puzzle Games from AddictingGames - August 21st, 2018
- Puzzle Games | Disney LOL - August 21st, 2018
- Play Crossword | Puzzles USA Today - August 21st, 2018
- Simply Jigsaw - Free online games at Gamesgames.com - August 2nd, 2018
- Puzzle Games - Games at Royalgames.com - July 28th, 2018
- Puzzle Games - Free Download - GameTop - July 14th, 2018
- Puzzle Games - Free Online Puzzle Games - July 3rd, 2018
- Play Free Puzzles Games - Super Games - October 4th, 2017
- 'Wayout' Is the Next Colorful Minimalistic Puzzle Title From Dropout Games, and Is in Need of Beta Testers - Touch Arcade - September 7th, 2017
- Nintendo Switch Adds Six New Games Today - GameSpot - September 7th, 2017
- Settling in and exploring new avenues: Gram Games on moving from a small studio to a mid-size company - Pocket Gamer.Biz - September 7th, 2017
- 'Octopuz' Is a Memory Puzzle Game Made by a 13-Year-Old - Touch Arcade - September 6th, 2017
- The Guides Axiom Review: Bewilderingly Delightful - Gamezebo - September 6th, 2017
- Death Squared Review Drop In, Drop Out - DualShockers - September 6th, 2017
- 'Fed up with fantasies for male teenagers': fixing the depiction of women in games - The Guardian - September 6th, 2017
- Gamers Offered a Treasure Trove of Classic, Puzzle, and Strategy Free Games: MyRealGames Announces Latest ... - Canada NewsWire (press release) - September 6th, 2017
- Join The Knight Watch, a frenetic puzzle game for iPhone... and Apple Watch ! - Develop - September 6th, 2017
- CAPCOM announces Puzzle Fighter, a new puzzle game with ... - Android Community - September 6th, 2017
- Last Day of June Is Beautiful, Touching And Emotionally Draining - Kotaku - September 5th, 2017
- Knack 2 review - Polygon - September 5th, 2017
- Go head-to-head in Capcom's new free 'Puzzle Fighter' mobile game - Digital Trends - September 5th, 2017
- Steam's rules about adult content continue to baffle - PC Gamer - September 5th, 2017
- 'Tiny Bubbles' Is a Puzzle Game That's Way More in Depth Than We Were Expecting at PAX - Touch Arcade - September 3rd, 2017
- Review: The Bridge - Nintendo Life - September 3rd, 2017
- Pax West 2017 The Gardens Between - DVS Gaming (registration) (blog) - September 2nd, 2017
- Capcom is finally releasing a new Puzzle Fighter game, and it's coming to Android later this year - Android Police - September 1st, 2017
- Can you solve it? Riddles inspired by card tricks - The Guardian - September 1st, 2017
- Challenge to end stalemate over $1 million maths puzzle - The Courier - September 1st, 2017
- 'Simple' chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize - Phys.Org - September 1st, 2017
- The Puzzles of Marcel Duchamp - Foyles - September 1st, 2017
- Did you solve it? Riddles inspired by card tricks - The Guardian - September 1st, 2017
- Capcom's 'Puzzle Fighter' Brings the Classic Game to Mobile - Touch Arcade - September 1st, 2017
- David Darling's Kwalee launches addictive puzzle game TENS! - Develop - September 1st, 2017
- Hard Rock teams up with game studio to make mobile puzzle-match game - VentureBeat - August 31st, 2017
- Sanrio's Hello Kitty & Friends has become a puzzle game? - Develop - August 30th, 2017
- Gram Games' puzzle masters unleash Merge Town | GamesBeat ... - VentureBeat - August 30th, 2017
- Absurd Puzzle Adventure Game Maize Coming to PS4 and Xbox One in September - DualShockers - August 30th, 2017
- Cyan partners with Legendary Pictures to add backstory to Obduction - VentureBeat - August 29th, 2017
- This New Version of Solitaire Is Being Released on Floppy Disks - Motherboard - August 29th, 2017
- Google Play Indie Games Festival unveils 20 finalists - VentureBeat - August 29th, 2017
- What Makes a Great Tutorial? - IGN - August 28th, 2017
- Gamescom 2017: Hands on with Transference, a decidedly unsettling VR puzzle game - Critical Hit - August 28th, 2017
- Acclaimed VR Puzzle Game 'FORM' Now Available for Oculus Rift - Road to VR - August 26th, 2017
- The Witness and Obduction Creators Come Together to Talk Game Design - PlayStation LifeStyle - August 26th, 2017
- Panda Pop passes 100 million users as Jam City readies for an IPO - TechCrunch - August 25th, 2017
- Get to know: Rocketship Park, Ontario-based makers of the addictive new puzzle game Block Droppin' - Financial Post - August 25th, 2017
- Nintendo Switch Eshop Adds Three New Games Today - GameSpot - August 25th, 2017
- Hands-On: Xing The Land Beyond Is An Atmospheric VR Puzzle Game About The Afterlife - UploadVR - August 23rd, 2017
- Can YOU name these classic computer games? Use the photo clues to name all 22 favourites - The Sun - August 22nd, 2017
- ChromaGun Review Color Me Happy - DualShockers - August 22nd, 2017
- 5 new restaurants and retailers coming to The Greene - Dayton Daily News - August 21st, 2017
- Video Game News Recap - GeekDad (blog) - August 21st, 2017
- Tiny Bubbles Coming Soon - DVS Gaming (registration) (blog) - August 21st, 2017
- Game Day: Pigeon Wings - MacStories - August 19th, 2017
- Video game review: If you're ready for a puzzle, then 'The Room 3' delivers - The Register-Guard - August 18th, 2017
- Maze Walk VR Review - Gearbrain (blog) - August 18th, 2017
- Evergrow for iPhone proves matching-based puzzle games are actually super exciting - Macworld - August 18th, 2017
- This stick-figure Western is one of the funniest games in ages - A.V. Club - August 18th, 2017
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review for good and bad, it's not Nathan Drake - VentureBeat - August 17th, 2017