Blue Rider brings a straight forward 3D isometric shoot’em up to Nintendo Switch. While lacking in plot, Blue Rider makes up for it in delivering a fine little blast of fun arcade style, where it’s you against anything that moves.
Each stage is littered with various enemies that have one goal, and that’s to hunt you down. To avoid death the best option is to continually keep moving while lining up your fire power to inflict damage to others. Each enemy has a tiny damage bar indicating how many more hits are needed to turn them into toast, which is handy when you’re confronted by a hoard of thugs and need to know who is likely to drop first. There are random health packs and weapon upgrades scattered through the 9 unique and colorful levels, but even with these the game is challenging.
You control a little hover-ship that battles its way cross the land, opening gateways and slaying a varied amount of different enemies and bosses. Action is fast and frantic, and whilst it does become a touch samey, there’s still enough to keep you engaged.
Blue Rider looks great. Environments are extremely bright and colourful. Topped with an orchestrated original soundtrack, there is a lot to like about Ravegan’s twin stick shooter.
Blue Rider features some fun and fierce gameplay. It’s not punishingly hard but as mentioned before there’s definitely a challenge here. Even when you’re playing on easy mode don’t expect to rush through this, and definitely don’t be fooled by the childish screens here either.
Orginally released on PS4, this Nintendo Switch version is loaded with lots of updates and improvements, including online leaderboards, three adjustable difficulty settings, and various balance adjustments.
Dispite Blue Rider having zero plot, Ravegan’s 3D shooter still makes you want to keep that finger on the trigger. It’s a fast flowing competent arcade game that rolls out well on Nintendo Switch. Good stuff.
Lizard Rating: 7/10