Title: Summer Sports Games
Genre: Arcade, Multiplayer, Simulation, Sports
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Audience: PEGI 3
Release Date: 06.06.19
Price: £21.79 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
I’m always on the lookout for casual, fun, sports titles. When I was offered the opportunity to take a look at Summer Sports Games, I hopped, skipped and jumped at the chance. Did this game take the baton cleanly and race into first place, or did it fall at the first hurdle? Read my Rapid Review to find out.
There are many track and field events to choose from, and there will be something to please everyone. My particular favourites were the javelin, weightlifting and high jump.
There are a number of game modes to try out. They are:
Competition – In this mode, you play against the A.I. in a tournament featuring a number of track and field events.
Single Competition – Does exactly what it says on the tin. You choose one discipline, then try to win the gold medal.
Multiplayer – In this mode, which is a lot of fun, you compete against up to three friends, as you can see in the image below. Before competing, you can choose up to 12 events. This is a good touch as it allows you to pick a good mixture of what everyone playing enjoys.
The game controls are relatively simple. A lot of the time, it’s a case of bashing the A button, then the B button using the best timing. Some of the sports require pressing a combination of buttons. The game goes into a bullet time sort of effect, and you have to press the buttons at the precise time to get the desired effect, thus winning the gold medal. I found that the slow motion was too slow and takes you out of the moment a little. You can see this in the video below.
There are five difficulty levels to progress through. I found that the gameplay was the same on the lowest difficulty, as it was on the highest. What does change, however, is the skills and ability of your opponents. To get the gold medals and records on the highest difficulty, you will need to be nigh on perfect with your timing. This will either have the effect of you coming back for more or just giving up after a while and being content on claiming the records on the lowest skill level.
The graphics are somewhat basic but they do their job more than well enough. They reminded me a little of the characters from Wii Sports with their disproportionate heads. Fortunately, this does not take away from the overall experience of the game. When you begin a competition, you get to choose from a preset number of characters and teams, which are represented by an animal of one sort or the other. I would have liked to have had the chance to customise my avatar further. The sound effects and soundtrack are the usual fanfare you would expect to find in this genre of game.
If you’re looking for a sports game that will overtake Wii Sports, this is not it. However, if you’re looking for a casual sports game that you can enjoy from time to time, then this might be the game for you. I do feel that the price tag is a little steep. If the Developers had put it for sale at around the £10 mark, then I would have highly recommended it.
Rapid Reviews UK Rating
You can purchase Summer Sports Games on the Nintendo eShop at the following link, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Summer-Sports-Games-1570260.html
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