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Damsel – Nintendo Switch Review

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Damsel
Release 07/08/2019
Switch version tested
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The Fang-face off of Indie Titles Makes it to Switch

She’s a badass with a shotgun and not afraid to show it. It’s a quick draw world in the dark and Damsel’s take on Blade is even just as deadly. It’s the arcade game that isn’t as Damsel leaps out of the comic books that bind her. Alongside her armchair companions, she is chargin’ to face-off against Red Mist, a vampire organization bent on world domination through plasma hungry population.

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Damsel’s look is hand-drawn decals are a nice touch to the darkness that is. The game sports a couple of other modes on top of its campaign which entail mission parameters. All told through panels of comic books to subside the viewers, Damsel doesn’t have very much to unpack in its story. There are over 20 levels to destroy the vampires against.

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Saving hostages is a more of a Shinobi-esque necessity, whereas it might not be needed but possibly a role in itself, also. Damsel’s kit is a bit basic in its needs. The trusty twelve-gauge and a dashing ability keep this heroine as nimble as she can get. Her pursuer is either supernaturally ready or just happy to bite her, leave a bit of variety in the fodder. Levels are constructed to be of either 2 to maybe 8 stories down.

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Damsel does get a bit complex pretty quickly with the introduction of mechanics. There is a hint of complexity within these 2D walls. Especially when a bomb has to go off and you have seconds to disable it. Try this at 3. Damsel’s level gets brutal on even a smaller difficulty and when you’re locked in, you’re locked in. You can’t even walk away from the bomb itself. Damsel at times has minor bugs to contend with, but nothing over-the-top to stop the action dead in its’ tracks.

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Final Words:

Damsel is a cool platform shooter in its own regard. With several different mechanics and a comic esque style, it’s gorefest is a bit more cuter than others. If Castlevania or pre-3D Duke Nukem had you at hello, Damsel might be able to get you to that, a couple of other greetings, and “Good Morning”. No stakes required.

 

star-7.5

TBG Score: 7.5/10

nintendospacerPlatform: Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 07/08/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Action, Platformer, Arcade
Publisher: Screwtape Studios
Website: www.damselgame.net/
Twitter: @screwtapestudio
Download link: eShop
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