Garage is a top down shooter which if you’re up for the challenge, is gonna make your Nintendo Switch a hell of a lot more violent this month. It’s inspired by VHS era B-Movies and if you’re a fan of Hotline Miami or Mr Shifty, you’re in for a deliciously disturbing treat.
You play as Butch, an ex drug dealer who wakes up in a car. It’s very clear from the off that something is very, very wrong in the Garage you find yourself in. Dark, dingy environments surround you and are suitably creepy. Obviously you’re not alone here. Rats, the living dead, mutants and so on all want you for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s your job to stay off the menu. To ensure this, you have a selection of weapons that you pick up a long the way, including a selection of guns, an axe, grenades and so on. For health, you’ll have to break boxes and search drawers for medikits, bars and drinks. All fairly standard stuff. The enemies and the atmosphere however are genuinely terrifying in places – the noises made are horrendous (in a good way) and the audio does a superb job of keeping you wishing you hadn’t woke up at all, never mind in a car.
But why are they here? How did these creatures come to be? Well Garage does a killer job of explaining details of a conspiracy and an evil organisation. Old TV’s show disturbing adverts, snippets of surveillance footage let you know what lies ahead, and name badges of dead employees litter rooms. You’re drip fed the story and it leads to a really intriguing premise that is easily the most disturbing game to land on Nintendo Switch. Garage isn’t a total home run however – trying to stamp on rats is really fiddly and rarely works. Not to mention the game’s very high difficulty: I played on easy and saw the “You Are Dead” screen more times than I care to admit. Boss fights are nuts and your only real defence (apart from your weapons) is a rolling move. But if you roll too much, your heart rate goes up and is temporarily taken away from you. Obviously these things are nothing major, but Garage is a 4-6 hour game that took me 10 hours because I kept bloody dying. I know that’s the point but I would’ve personally preferred a slightly lesser challenge. All in all though, tinyBuild have brought another solid game to Switch that will fulfil all your horror needs.
Garage is a dark, disturbing game that is a family-unfriendly violent vacation. Enjoy your stay.
Punk rating: 7.5/10