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Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition

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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Mighty Switch Force! stands alongside the Shantae series as one of WayForward's greatest accomplishments.
The gameplay of MSF is a mix of puzzler and action platformer, and the two blend very well; some levels require critical thought, others require split-second reaction, and beating the developer par times will require both. Controls are tight and responsive, and you never feel cheated when you die.
The visuals have been drastically overhauled from the 3DS version, with hand-drawn animation and high-resolution backgrounds replacing the pixelated sprite art. The jump to HD was handled very well, something Wii U owners are already well-aware of.
MSF's music was written by skilled composer Jake Kaufman, and the soundtrack to this game may very well be his magnum opus. If you've ever played a Shantae game, Shovel Knight, Double Dragon Neon, or Ducktales Remastered, you know to expect lots of earworms.
This port is near-flawless. Expect uninterrupted 60FPS at all times. Controls can be rebound, arbitrary resolutions are supported, and xinput controlers are a plug-and-play affair. There are a few new features exclusive to the Steam release of Hyper Drive Edition as well, such as Steamworks-enabled leaderboards and achievements.
I'd recommend Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition to anyone who claims to be a fan of platformers, because this is definitely a good one.

Review from Steam

Mighty Switch Force! is a great little title, first appearing on the 3DS. It's a fun little puzzle platformer. You play as a 'sexy cop' to stop all the 'sexy criminals' in a timely matter!
The music was made by Jake "VIRT" Kaufman. Who is amazing. He did the OST to Shovel Knight.
Gameplay is a lot of fun, and the music is great. It makes you use your brain if you really want to get the 'par' times on all the stages.
10/10 would buy again. Hopefully the sequel will come to steam too!

Review from Steam

I'm only 12 levels through the game at this point, but already I'm enjoying it immensely. This is what a platformer should feel like!
The graphics are awesome, and the controls are super responsive. There's no music, other than the loading screens, but the sound effects in-game are, for the most part, absolutely appropriate. I do feel like the use of the word, "yummy" is overdone and somewhat awkward, but that feels a bit nit-picky at this point.
There are quick-switch mechanics in this game, just like with Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams, Contrast, and Chronology, and this developer, like those who made the other outstanding games I mentioned, did it right.
This is a game for anyone looking for a platformer or even a mild puzzle-platformer. There is a little bit of puzzling and thinking to some of the levels, but the mix of pure, unthinking platforming enjoyment along with the challenge related to the quick-switch mechanics just feels right.
This is a game that can be played in short intervals, as there are checkpoints and brief levels referred to as, "incidents." Gamers looking for a casual experience or one that won't deprive them of daylight for the foreseeable future, should definitely give this one a try.
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition also has replaybility, because of the addition of personal best scores for timed levels and a speedrunning option, as well as the normal story mode, and even a harder difficulty level for hardcore gamers.
Most gamers will be able to find something to enjoy here. I definitely recommend it!

Review from Steam

I'm not going to lie, Mighty Switch Force and its sequel were the reason I purchased a Nintendo 3DS and it's a decision I am glad I went with.
You play as Patricia Wagon who is on the pursuit to repromand the Hooligan Sisters in a 2D puzzle platformer.
MSF gameplay involves switiching blocks from transparency to be used as platforms, defeat enemies and traverse the stages to re-arrest the Hooligans. It's a simple mechanic that is all done with the press of a button but as you progress the stages and blocks become more varied and difficult. When switching blocks the others that are already physical will disapear, some blocks are needed to be used as cannons and some can be altered by stepping on them. The puzzles won't leave you stumped but do excpect some challange. The game is more about it's arcade like time attack then it's puzzle solving and nothing illustrates this point more than the superb soundtrack created by Jake Kauffamn (Virt) who creates a highly intense, hyperactive 16 bit score a kin to the Megaman series. (seriously go get his album it's even free on his website but give him something you won't regret it).
The PC version throws away the pixel art from clean animatied sprites and a much higher resolution that makes the stages pop with colour and vibrance in a techno city. If you miss the sprites you have the option to turn them on.
I'm a big fan of Wayforwards work and if you enjoy your classic platofrming mixed with varied puzzles, orgasmic music and colourful worlds you owe yourself to give Mighty switch Force the attention it so rightfully deserves.
Serve and protect by swithcing it up!

Review from Steam

Personal rating: 9/10
What to expect from Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
From the same people who brought Shantae and DuckTales Remastered among other great platforming titles we have Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition. If you are familiar with any of previous titles that should tell that you are in for a good platforming experience.
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is a puzzle platformer with some action elements. While killing enemies is a big part on the game, it focuses a lot more on finding the five Hooligan Sisters on each level and to do that you'll need to smart up and use a combination of thinking and reflexes to finish most levels, which are called Incidents here.
Jump, shoot and switch it up!
The controls in this game are fantastic. They are precise, responsive and whenever you get hit or make a mistake you'll hardly feel like it was the game's fault. From jumping to shooting everything is as quick as you can react.
As the name of the game implies there's a lot of switching here. You do it to activate or deactivate platforms ranging from the common usage to avoid hazard or overcome obstacles to the not so common use of killing enemies by literally throwing them on your screen, but watch out; you can do it to your own self if you are not careful with it.
As you progress through the game the level becomes harder and more intricate with some of them being really challenging, especially if you are aiming for the Par Time. The difficulty curve is steady but it never feels like it spiked in any level, whenever you are presented with a new obstacle, the game makes sure to give you a chance to test it to understand how it works.
For both people looking for a casual experience to people looking for challenges
Just like Mighty Switch Force! Hose It Down!, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition gives you a nice and gratifying experience when playing the game as you'll feel great when you overcome that puzzle that was getting you stuck. And if that is not enough for you there are Par Time challenges which requires you to finish the level as fast as you can. Most of the Par Times are not very generous and a single mistake will force you to start all over again in a lot of cases.
There are several other challenges for achievements in specific levels that can be also very difficult to do. Something perfect for those who may think this game is too easy.
Hyper Drive exclusive levels
If beating the Par time isn't enough challenge for you, how about doing it in even harder versions of the levels you just did?
Hyper Drive Edition features bonus levels and once you finish them you'll unlock the Hyper version of all levels (i.e: Hard difficulty). Unlike many lazy developers, WayForward changed considerably most of the levels and you'll notice right away as soon as you pick any level to play.
The game will non-verbally, non-written say the gloves are off by making the very first level, the one you probably laughed at, a good deal more challenging forcing you to use platofrming techniques and finesse in execution that was only demanded from you in the last levels of the game.
Graphics and music
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition has cartoony graphics of the highest caliber. The animations are fluid and extremely pleasant to the eyes and you can also have the option to turn the protagonist into her older pixel-modeled version which is just as well animated. This shows the carefulness of WayForward's craft and for those who don't know: animation, especially from pixel-art, can be VERY difficult and time consuming to do.
The music is something worth noting. Jake Kaufman (same composer from Shovel Knight and Shantae series) did an extraordinary job with it, sometimes you may just pause for a moment and forget about that clock ticking just to hear it. Now, how many games does that to you?
All in all
This game is amazing. I've longed to play it since 2013 and had very high expectations from it. Unlike other titles it wasn't a letdown and so far it's been a great experience with its charming graphics and great soundtrack and the good dosage of challenge from level to level.
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is considered one of the finest games of its genre (even though it's quite underrated) and for the right reasons. It's a game that can be difficult but enough to make you go for it even more, not shoo you away.
If you enjoy platformer with puzzle elements or are looking for the first game of its genre, Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is definitely worth trying, especially since it's rather cheap.

Review from Steam

Mighty Switch Force is hybrid platformer between puzzle and action side scrolling. You play as Patricia Wagon who has to capture 5 escaped Hooligan Sisters and reunite with Corporal Gendarmor (one eyed robot) to clear the stage.
+Really good port from 3ds with HD graphic
+Puzzle part is really fun and creative
+Plantformer part is not as hard as Super Meat Boy or They Bleed Pixel but still challenging. Therefore you don't need to have hardcore platforming skill to enjoy this game.
+Good music, especially the one that Parricia rode Corporal Gendarmor out after clearing the stage.
+Trading Card and Achievement
+ Hooligan Sisters are cute.
+ Like Megaman with boobs
The amount of stages aren't that much but still enough to keep you busy and enjoying for a while which worth even for the full price.

Review from Steam

Mighty Switch Force? More like Mighty THIGH Force! Juicy thick thighs aside, very solid game with only 16 levels of platforming and puzzling, it may be only 16, but those 16 levels will keep you busy for a while if you are one of them compeltionst types, trying to get those last tedious achievements.
Graphics are also very pleasing to look at, like VERY pleasing with many colors, different backgrounds, enemies and characters with fluid animations. Speaking of the characters, Practica Wagon and the Hooligans are most pleasing to look at. All this topped with a great soundtrack, whats not to like?
Buy it, love it, gift it to friends, do whatever to get WayForward's attention to get the sequel ported as well. I am very pleased and surprised that this game made it to Steam, pleased of this port, and pleased of rule 34 of Patricia Wagon and the Hooligan girls.
10 mighty thighs out of 10

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