First Look at Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, Blaze & The Monster Machines and The Addams Family
Recently, we got the chance to have a first look at some of Outright Games upcoming releases which will be launching on Nintendo Switch in the coming months. The games were presented via an online event running on PC, but we also received some infos about the Switch versions.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R
The first game we were shown was Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R which is inspired by the popular Netflix series.
Developed by 3D Clouds, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers is an action racing game set in five different locations including LA, Rio de Janeiro and the Sahara Desert. During the presentation, a developer from 3DS Clouds was playing one of the tracks and we could get a first look at the intense racing action. The game lets players race as their favorite characters, such as Tony Toretto, Echo, Cisco, Layla Gray, or even as one of the SH1FT3R gang members.
With innovative spy weapons you can speed through secret shortcuts to gain the upper hand. From what we’ve seen, Fast & Furious: Spy Racers seems to be an entertaining racing game suitable for all ages. The game will offer a globe-trotting tournament in story mode, couch co-op for two players as well as online multiplayer with up to 4 players on Nintendo Switch.
When asked about the performance, we were told the game will run at 30fps on Switch. We didn’t get any info about the graphical details on Switch but we hope that the game will look similar as the other versions. After the presentation, we definitely will be looking forward to this game as it promises to be a fun racing experience.
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R will launch this November on Nintendo Switch both physically and digitally.
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Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers
The next game was Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers which we not only could see but also get our hands on a demo version via remote play. Developed again by 3D Clouds, this is a kart racing game based on Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series. Players can join the monster truck Blaze and his friend and driver AJ as they head out on adventures through the colorful streets of Axle City on a mission to win the racing championship.
At the beginning, we were introduced to the tutorial to learn the controls of the game. Steering is done with the left analog stick, the right analog stick rotates the camera, accelerating and braking is done with A and B while Y and X is for Horn and Jumping. Vehicle skills can be used with L or ZL and drifting is done via R or ZR. The game also includes an autodrive with optional simple controls for younger players.
After the tutorial, we were playing the first track of the championship mode where you can play as one of seven distinctive characters. While the game is aimed at younger players, we were having also lots of fun. You can use speeds boosts to get faster and by collection wrenches you can activate your character’s unique skill to outsmart the competition. The game also offers four player split screen mode to race with friends and family. Blaze and the Monster Machines will feature 10 tracks and 8 playable charaters.
We were told that the Switch version will be running at 30fps with similar graphics as the presented PC version. How much downgraded the Switch version will be, we still have to wait and see. But as 3D Clouds is quite an expert with racing games, we hope that this easy-to-play kart racer will transition well to the Switch.
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers will launch for Nintendo Switch this October both physically and digitally.
The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem
The next game we could get our hands on was The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem. Developed by PHL Collective, The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem is a multiplayer 3D platform adventure where you play as Wednesday, Pugsley, Gomez, and Morticia with up to 4 players.
During our remote play session, we’ve played the game as a single player. As we skipped the tutorial, we immediately started with the Graveyard level. Moving your character is done with the left analog stick, jumping with the B button, bumping with the A button and using a character’s ability with the Y button.
While we were making our way through the graveyard, we found that the platforming adventure was quite challenging. It didn’t help that the controls were a bit weird as you needed to press two different buttons for a double jump attack. As enemies were quite tough, this game seems to be aimed mostly for multiplayer sessions.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any specific info on how the game would run on Switch, only that it would run fine. While playing via remote play, we thought that characters become quite tiny on the screen and that this might not transition well to Switch when playing in handheld mode.
The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem was the weakest game we have seen and played during the event. The game’s high difficulty doesn’t fit so much into Outright Games portfolio of easily accessible video games for children. While we still have for the final version to make up our mind, we are not having high hopes that our first impressions will change.
The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem will launch for Nintendo Switch later this week both physically and digitally.
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