The latest shoot’em up to grace Nintendo Switch certainly is a head turner in more ways than one. Delivering huge explosions, masses of stuff to shoot at and an intriguing tower defence twist, X-Morph Defense looks to have the lot.
Planet Earth has been invaded and it’s your job to play as the alien and battle against Earth’s finest military machines. These huge alien X-Morph Harvesters need to gather resources that are found on Earth. To do this they embed their shard like structures in cities and areas around the globe. Each country is alerted of the Harvester’s threat and sends in their military might to destroy its core. Your job is to defend the core and obliterate everything that comes too close.
Before each wave of attacks start, you’re given time to strategically place your towers around the paths that the Earthlings take, and they can also be built and placed virtually anywhere on the map too. The paths tend to be direct ones that head straight to the core, and with some careful planning you can change the direction of these paths to create maze like trails to slow down the enemy threat. As each new wave starts the playing field expands, meaning you’ll now have multiple paths to worry about. With no time limit for this building phase, you can spend as little or as much planning time you need to create a perfect battle plan.
Once the action heats up the screen becomes awash of smoking tanks, incoming fighters, and huge explosions that rip buildings apart. It’s a spectacle. You’ll encounter huge sci-fi type mechanical machines that rip through cities and demolish sky scrapes with ease. There are swarms of jet fighters and ground attacks that deliver pounding assaults too – it’s relentless. The way each wave builds to its final crescendo is worth your time. What I also love is the variety of sceneries. Travelling around the globe keeps things interesting and visually exciting, and boy does this thing look good. It’s certainly up there with the big AAA Switch releases. The detail of the terrain’s and destructible environments look extremely impressive.
X-Morph comes with ample opportunity to upgrade and there are numerous types of weapons, tower and upgrades available that makes the game rewarding to stick with.
X-Morph is a fine shoot’em up in its own right, but add the tower defence element and you have one hell of an exciting time on your hands. Surviving rounds of punishing attacks and destroying the enemy before your core is eliminated brings a unique game to Switch.
Lizard rating 8.5/10