Crimsonland is a bleak, dangerous and desolate place. Being fast on your toes and constantly observing your surroundings is key to surviving 10tons twin stick shooter. When a level is called Beetlemania don’t think you’re going to be sat in a circle singing Yellow Submarine. Hell no, you’re going to be whooping steroid fed insects whose only aim is to hunt you down, and devour every last morsel of your skinny butt. Top-down shooter Crimsonland is a remastered version of 10ton’s first game, originally released in 2003. Now it’s a game that brings utter carnage to your Nintendo Switch.
All decent shooters need decent weapons, and Crimsonland has weapons alright. The list is endless and each firearm is a pleasure to behold. The screen is amass with crazed lizards, giant ants, spitting spiders, aliens…even the walking dead get a look in. The sheer numbers of these enemies hunting you down is staggering, so finding where they spawn from is always a good starting point. That’s only if you can get a clear shot however, as your view point is littered with damp fresh blood, glowing fire power and swarms of vermin. Stamping on nukes, fire blaze and freeze icons all randomly appear and have level changing uses. Sometimes you get lucky and these little gems appear close by, other times it’s only after umpteen attempts that they’ll fall into your path.
There are 6 chapters with 60 missions that unlock one by one and this in turns gives access to 5 survival modes. These survival modes kick up a mixed and varied bag of gameplay, and leaderboard scores get logged here too. The game also includes 2-4 player local co-op play. Playing in single player mode you’ll rinse through the game on normal and have an absolute blast doing so. This then opens up Hardcore, followed by Grim difficulty.
Graphically it’s nothing special but just like TowerFall Ascension it’s the gameplay that excels here. Retro elements that keep gamer’s completely hooked are currently pretty rare on Switch.
Crimsonland is simplistic yet awesome – the gaming equivalent of rinsing your mouth out with Jager. One level is called ‘The Beating’, need I say more? Want a top-down view shooter full of thrills and lots of spills, a game that downloads faster than boiling a kettle? Welcome to Crimsonland…enjoy your stay.
Lizard rating: 8/10
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