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[Nintendo Switch] Missile Dancer Review

[Nintendo Switch] Missile Dancer Review
  • On March 18, 2021

Missile Dancer from DICO is a vertical shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch that pays homage to the classics in the genre. Learn more in our Missile Dancer review!


In Missile Dancer from DICO, you’ll be taking on an old-school infused vertical shoot ‘em up on Nintendo Switch that pays homage to the classics in the genre. You’ll be controlling a powerful jet with a solid arsenal of weapons that you will need to balance as needed so that you can make the most of what they have to offer. While the main attack is a good option, you’re probably going to get the most juice out of the very powerful lock-on missiles you can unleash at your opponents.

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You can play Missile Dancer either in its Arcade Mode – with Normal, Hard, and Expert difficulty settings -, or play in the Against the Clock Mode, for which you’ll have three minutes to score as many points as possible. Your score matters in Arcade Mode and Against the Clock Mode since you’ll be able to take a shot at beating your own best score in each of the separate leaderboards – three for each difficulty setting for Arcade Mode and one leaderboard for Against the Clock Mode. The more you play, the better you’ll get at it!

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Because Missile Dancer pays homage to the classics, the controls will be simple and to the point, mimicking what you would find in an old-school arcade shoot ‘em up from way back in the day. You will fly your jet with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, using the A, B, X, or Y buttons to attack. Pressing any of these buttons will launch your regular attacks while also extending the lock-on range for your very powerful missiles. Once you’ve locked onto some enemies, release the attack button to have the missiles go find their target. You can collect power-ups to boost the range as well as the firepower of your missiles, but you do need to be careful because a single hit is all it takes to destroy your jet.

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Since this is a vertical shoot ‘em up, I’m sure there’s one question on your mind: “is Missile Dancer compatible with the Flip Grip?” The good news is that the answer is yes! The game’s settings offer you the options of changing between the default horizontal set up – with the action in the middle of the screen, as well as switching things around with a Vertical 1 and Vertical 2 option that flips the screen one way or the other, which is how this one can be used with the excellent Flip Grip accessory. You can also add scan lines if you want to go for that full-on old-school vibe as well.

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If you’re looking for an old-school infused vertical shoot ‘em up that brings you back to the arcade era from back in the day, then Missile Dancer can certainly scratch that itch. It offers eight levels to complete, with three difficulty settings to choose from, a three-minute score attack mode, and a soundtrack that does a great job of boosting you into action. Missile Dancer is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 price.

This Missile Dancer review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by DICO.

Review Overview

A solid shoot 'em up