Mr. Shifty (Switch) review
"Mr. Shifty's promising opener gives way to a game that wears out its welcome, but adrenaline junkies won't mind."
A secure tower must be infiltrated, so that powerful technology can be stolen before corrupt individuals put it to horrific use. You, a fellow with the useful ability to shift through walls like Nightcrawler (the X-Men character, not the Jake Gyllenhaal one), are the only person potentially capable of pulling off the daring heist. Such is the premise of Mr. Shifty, one of the most recent additions to the Nintendo Switch's rapidly growing library of digital titles. It sounds pretty cool on paper, but the execution doesn't always live up to the idea.
Presented from a top-down perspective that looks like something out of Hotline Miami (or its rather disappointing clone, L.A. Cops), the action in Mr. Shifty is at times extremely intense. That's mostly due to your weak offensive capabilities, unfortunately. You might be able to warp through a wall like it's made of air, but your fists are considerably less useful and they also happen to be your primary weapon. You utilize them against a seemingly endless stream of goons who pack heat and know to expect you. If a single bullet grazes you, or a thug hits you with his ham-sized fists, you die. Also, there are pesky lasers and explosives, which have the unsurprising tendency to leave you similarly dead.
Staff review by Jason Venter (April 15, 2017)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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