Switch version tested
Review code provided
Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! is finally available on the Nintendo Switch, and it’s about to become your new favourite game. With zero fanfare, the popular manga character has been long overdue his own video game, and after finding success on the Android Store, he’s made the jump to Nintendo.
Sorry, but who is Crayon Shin-Chan?
Don’t be sorry. It’s OK that you’re an uncultured barbarian. Crayon Shin-Chan is a long-running manga series created by the late Yoshito Usui. It’s about a five-year-old kid and the adventures he has annoying his parents, his neighbours, and his dog.
Oh, so it’s for kids?
Just because Shin-Chan is a kid, doesn’t mean that the series is aimed at kids. In fact, Shin-Chan is notorious for his outlandish wordplay that often gets him into big trouble. There are characters called things like Action Bastard, and he is obsessed with the bodies – and underpants – of older females. He is also naked way more than you’d expect.
What’s the game about?
Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! is a jump-action runner in which players must make their way across a series of colourful backdrops collecting sweets and golden bells in order to unlock special costumes and characters. Don’t expect to be able to play as any of the support characters though. This is Shin-Chan’s adventure and only Shin-Chan’s adventure.
So, it’s just another runner?
Yeah, we see where you’re coming from. Some of the runners on the Nintendo Switch have been pretty disappointing. Bubsy: Paws on Fire springs to mind as an example of this format really not working, but be assured Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! is the exception to the rule.
Why should I buy it?
Well, if you’re a fan of the manga or the animated TV show spin-off/s then it’s a no-brainer. If this is your first encounter with the character then £6.99 might seem a bit much to spend on such a punt. But believe us when we tell you, Crayon Shin-Chan is a whole new level of fun.
Every screen is bright and buzzing with life, and it’s easy to get lost in the background action. The artwork is faithful to the source material, and although we hear it a lot, is truly like watching an episode of the TV series, except you’re in charge.
The premise of the game might be simple but it’s also very addictive, and it doesn’t become tedious restarting levels because there’s just so much going off around you that there’s always something new to spot.
Sounds like you enjoyed it?
We did. It’s brilliant fun. The only thing stopping Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! from scoring a perfect 10 is the lack of an actual story mode, which would have made it even better. Remember how much fun Runbow was? That’s what they should have done here. The game is also a little heavy on the old purse-strings, at £6.99, but if you can overlook this then Crayon Shin-Chan will make a very welcome addition to your Switch library.
It’s not the cheapest, and it might not be your first pick from the Switch store, but if you can drag yourself away from Animal Crossing for just 5 minutes, then we think you’ll find Crayon Shin-Chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! quickly becomes your new favourite distraction.
TBG Score 8.5/10
Platform: Mobile, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 24/01/2020
No. of Players: 1
Developer: Poppin Games
Download link: eShop