Review: Ironcast (Nintendo Switch)

Puzzlequest meets FTL in this Steampunk Victorian era roguelite.

Pros:

  • Steam punk inspired graphics that look so detailed and really pop off the screen.
  • Tutorial section. (optional)
  • Controls-Touch screen and button support.
  • Mech battling match 3 rogue-like game play.
  • Rogue-like as in once you die you start again a fresh.
  • Global unlock does keep your exp and here is where you unlock new characters, Ironcasts and abilities.
  • Handful of characters to choose from each with a unique skill.
  • Handful of Ironcasts to choose from each with different stats and weapons.
  • Bite sized levels.
  • Unlock/find blueprints to build new parts for your Ironcast.
  • Buy/craft new guns/shields and buffs to add to existing weapons.
  • Buffs are available for weapons and players and your Ironcast.
  • Every time you level up you get a choice of 3 upgrades.
  • Earn scrap and gold in game to buy/craft and repair weapons and your Ironcast.
  • Map of England is where you pick levels to play.
  • Mission difficulty and turn limit differ on each mission.
  • Boss fights.
  • Four bars represent parts of your Ironcast and must be filled up by matching the gems in order to use them. For example to repair you need to match a minimum of three spanner icons, Guns need ammo so match the ammo gems etc.
  • Modifiers or special gems appear and can greatly improve your performance. Overcharge lets you do a more powerful attack whilst link allows you to match two or even three different gems in one string.
  • Turn based combat. You get three moves then your opponent goes.
  • Can skip cut scenes/conversations.
  • Can highlight and attack specific parts of the enemy.
  • Excellent vintage Victorian soundtrack with a Steam punk twist.
  • You connect gems by drawing a line through them and the need to be adjacent to each other. Any line you draw will put a pop up on screen showing how much exp and resources you will acquire form this move.
  • Excellent presentation.
  • Clear easy to use interface across all aspects of the game.
  • On your turn you can have 3 goes at matching gems, repair weapons/Ironcast, fire off any special abilities and even add a shield or put your Ironcast into walk mode.
  • Aside from abilities you always have the option to add a shield to take the edge off any attacks. Put your Ironcast into walk mode and it makes it a harder target. Both of these abilities have a 3 dot power rating. The higher the rating the better they will be. Also when attacked the power will decrease.
  • Very addictive.
  • Easy to play hard to master.
  • Perfect fit for mobile gaming.
  • Vibration support that can be turned on/off.

Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Cost to repair is high so buying new weapons and upgrades is slow.
  • No multiplayer.
  • Text is a bit small in places.
  • No real customization options for your Ironcast. Like paint jobs etc
  • Needs a decent compare function especially when buying blue prints.
  • No undo button.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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