[Nintendo Switch] Unto The End Review
Unto the End from 2 Ton Studios and Big Sugar is a challenging 2D combat game with survival elements. Learn more in our Unto the End review!
In Unto the End from 2 Ton Studios and Big Sugar, you will be taking on a challenging 2D experience in which combat is not of the button mashing variety, since you’ll need to pay attention to your surroundings and to what your opponent is doing. Even if you think you’re doing everything right, odds are you won’t make it. You could end up losing your sword, or you might not have enough supplies to make it through the harsh snowy conditions… or to survive the attacks from the creatures you’ll find.
You set out on what seems to be a simple quest: hunt for food for your family. Once your wife and kids hand you some items needed for said quest, you simply walk forward, chasing after a deer. Unfortunately, things are not as easy as they seem. One false step on a particularly thin spot sends you falling downwards into a cave. The good news is that the snow broke your fall. The bad news? It’s pretty dark, some creatures with sharp claws and teeth were around you when you got up, and you must now find a way to return to your family… and survive.
There are no explanations as you set out on a new journey, nor any tutorials or handholding. Unto the End will demand your full attention as you take on each of the opponents you battle because they’re not dumb and will go for the kill if you’re not making an effort to read their tells. Add the harsh environments you’ll be traversing, from harsh snow-covered mountains to deadly caves where things go bump in the dark, and you have the makings of a clever experience that stands out on Nintendo Switch.
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick, pressing up and down to block high or low in combat. To draw or sheath your sword, you’ll have to press in on the right analog stick. By pressing left or right on the right analog stick, you’ll switch targets. You can also attack high or low by pressing the X or Y buttons, respectively. Reading your opponent will be crucial if you want to survive! There’s also the option of faking an attack by pressing the ZL button. You can also duck with the A button or roll by while moving. The ZR button will be for a shoulder check that can throw your opponent off-guard. If you have a dagger, you can throw it with the R button or use it to stab someone when you get up close and personal. The B button will be used for jumping.
You will start your journey with some supplies in your inventory. There will include some herbs you can chew on to slow down bleeding, or which can be brewed into a tonic at a rest fire. You will also have some sticks, animal bones, and some leather, which can be used with other materials for crafting. Your wife also gifted you a lock of hair to accompany you – it features a faint smell of rosemary. You will also have a torch you can light up to illuminate your path in the very dark areas you will visit. Be sure to pick up all items and resources you find since they will prove to be very useful.
At a fire, you’ll be able to take on a sparring practice flashback sequence with your wife so that you can get a better idea of how the combat works before you end up in a battle that could prove to be deadly. You can also mend your wounds so that you can take care of any injuries or bleeding. There’s the option of brewing the aforementioned tonic as long as you have three herbs to spare. And you can also improve your armor if you’ve managed to procure the required supplies for said procedure.
Until the End is a remarkable game that you should play on Nintendo’s console. It’s a short but challenging experience that can be completed in 4-5 hours or so during your run… that is, if you have what it takes to survive until the end. Once you know what you’ll be going up against, and after a lot of trial and error, you could probably cut your total playtime for a subsequent run to half of that. Unto the End is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 asking price, and it’s one that you should definitely check out.
This Unto the End review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Big Sugar.