[Beyond PlayStation] Mecho Tales Review
Mecho Tales from Arcade Distillery is a great-looking 1-4 player 2D platformer on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Mecho Tales review!
Your character can move by using the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Shooting is done by the drone that accompanies you, and it is controlled by using the right analog stick, and you can also shoot with the face buttons when using the Joy-Con on their own. This is handy for when you take on the game in multiplayer since Mecho Tales can be played by up to four players at once. Jumping is set to the B button, as well as to the ZR button, which makes sense since this is a 2D twin-stick action platformer. You can switch between the drones you have under your control by pressing the L and R buttons so that you can use the one that is right for the job.
As you attack and defeat the colorful and deadly enemies you face you will be rewarded with golden cogs, which act as the in-game currency. You will get to collect small and large golden cogs, some of which will be on spots that will pose some extra danger you must avoid before you can claim them. Sometimes enemies will also drop red hearts which will help you recover some of the health you might have lost from being hit by enemies and their attacks, and you should keep your eyes open for them since enemies do pack a punch and usually attack in groups!
You can visit Patchie’s shop to spend the cogs you find to buy one of the robot drones he has for sale. You can get Teslar, who shoots out electric bolts, Aquata who shoots slow but deadly concentrated energy orbs, Swanwave who shoots light damage orbs in a wave pattern, Rockettoh who can launch rockets in an arc trajectory, Corrosoe, who flings bundles of corrosive liquids, Flamebuster who blasts a short range flame, or Bombastii who hurls bombs in an arc trajectory. Each drone is more expensive than the previous one, so do be sure to put your orbs to good use!
You will face a boss at the end of each world, and you will need to pay attention to its movement and attack patterns so that you can stay on top of things and find a way to slowly but surely deal some damage to it so that you can stay alive long enough to defeat it. If you thought that enemies required way too many hits to be defeated, wait until you see how much damage bosses can withstand before you can claim victory!
In the end, Mecho Tales is a by the numbers 2D action platformer that feels a bit underwhelming on Nintendo Switch. It’s not breaking any new ground in the genre, and while this Mega Man homage is a welcomed effort, in the end, it falls short and does not stand out from the many other 2D action platformers available on Nintendo’s platform.
This Mecho Tales review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Arcade Distillery.