Review: 20XX (Nintendo Switch)

20XX is a roguelike action platformer that you can play with a friend. Jump and shoot your way through ever-changing levels, collect awesome new powers and battle mighty bosses in the name of saving the human race maybe!

Pros:

  • Awesome crisp cartoon graphics.
  • 1.1GB Download size.
  • Handheld is the ultimate way to play.
  • Opening tutorial level. (Repeatable)
  • Roguelike action platformer gameplay.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Two default characters- Nina (ranged) and Ace (melee). You can swap between them at any time when in the hub in between runs.
  • Online leaderboards that can be filtered by all the different run types.
  • Challenges- Daily, Hardcore daily, Weekly, Hardcore weekly, Rush job and speed racer.
  • Three play styles- Singleplayer, couch co-op and online co-op.
  • Three difficulties- Reverant (easy where you have 3 lives) Normal and Defiant (harder enemies but better drops).
  • Fantastic soundtrack.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Datalore- Info on all unlocks, Bosses, Enemies, Weapons etc and you can only view them once you have discovered/encountered them.
  • Options- Damage numbers, Double tap dash, Quick drop, Health display, Screen shake and display runtime.
  • Player one and two have their own set of options.
  • Analog and d-pad support.
  • Level end- Get a power from the boss, cash or a random unlock as a prize. You only get one choice from the three. You also get a bonus chest with random loot.
  • Save and exit in between levels.
  • Levels are randomly generated.
  • Finish a level, Pick your next level from three random choices.
  • Pick up health in levels.
  • End of level boss fights.
  • You only lose health when falling off screen instead of instant death.
  • Default powers- Dash, Jump, High jump, melee/shoot and wall jump.
  • End of run breakdown.
  • Tight responsive controls.
  • Bosses have a Pokemon vibe with the way you get hooked to discovering and fighting them all.
  • Alternate paths available in every level.
  • Difficult.
  • Infinite replayability.
  • Clear Megaman love.
  • Excellent in co-op play.

Cons:

  • Cannot earn trophies on easy difficulty.
  • Small text in the menu.
  • No duck button.
  • No touchscreen support.
  • Can only shoot sideways.
  • Hard to distinguish between platforms and the background.
  • Difficult.
  • Doesn’t always make it clear what you get upon death.

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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