[Nintendo Switch] Anomaly Agent Review
2D cyberpunk beat ‘em up Anomaly Agent from Phew Phew Games and NAISU is ready to go on Nintendo Switch. Check out our Anomaly Agent review!
2D cyberpunk beat ‘em up Anomaly Agent from Phew Phew Games and NAISU is ready to go on Nintendo Switch. You’ll take on the role of Agent 70 of TDAY, an agency that aims toct bring a bit more normal into everyone’s day-to-day life by getting rid of dangerous anomalies. Structures popping out of walls, gravity acting wonky and a room being turned upside down. Electricity doing anything other than powering electronics, it all must be monitored so that the agency can sort things out before it’s too late.
You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you jump and double jump with the B button and attack with the Y button. You can dodge by pressing the R button – on the ground or while jumping – and can parry incoming attacks by timing things just right as you press the R button as needed. The A button will be for interacting. You can use a ranged weapon with the ZR button after, say, collecting a pistol from a downed enemy. And then we have the anomalies and the abilities they grant you.
What anomalies will you be using? As you progress through the game and defeat bosses, you’ll be rewarded with power-ups that will boost your character’s performance. You’ll obtain a capsule that will boost your agent’s melee attack speed, as well as increase enemy stun duration. You’ll also get new anomalies to use during subsequent missions. Take, for example, the first boss you will take on: the Gravity Anomaly. Once you defeat it, you’ll gain access to the Gravity power, which will deal stun all nearby enemies in one go. You’ll later gain a powerful one that will conjure up a rather large fist to deal considerable damage to enemies.
Defeating enemies and destroying objects will reward you with coins. You can also get your hands on some positive orr negative emotions depending on your actions. Coins and emotions can then be used to buy stuff. What can you get with coins and emotions then? You could improve your Business Card – which is your first long-range attack – in order to lower its recharge time. Exchange a positive emotion for a health pack, so that when you collect three of them, you can obtain a health boost. Or maybe you’d like to add electrical damage to successful parries!
You’ll soon need to pay attention to groups of enemies, because those that are duplicates can end up merging to form more powerful, upgraded opponents! The new opponents will have more health, will hit harder, and might even have new abilities or skills to use against you. Take, for example, the enemies that use a pistol to attack you from a distance. If you dash toward them, they will try to escape and roll away to put some extra distance between the two of you. But after merging with another unit, it will start to dish out some melee damage if you get too close.
To speed up this process, you can use some elements in each area to defeat the clones that are attacking you. You could kick them into an electrified wall to make the take considerable damage. If something is hanging over them, you can use your ranged attack to cut it loose so that it falls on top of them. If an enemy is standing close to an edge, you can hit it for a bit to make them fall to their doom.
Anomaly Agent is a solid 2D cyberpunk beat ‘em up in which you’ll be taking on the role of a special agent who must fight against the different anomalies popping up all over the place. As you take on the many clones that want you dead, you’ll need to be fast to keep them from merging into more powerful and deadlier entities. Use the coins you collect and the emotions you obtain to upgrade your abilities and to obtain health packs to boost your overall HP so that you can keep up with the increasing challenge of subsequent levels. Add a solid synthwave soundtrack, and you have a game that is easy to recommend on Nintendo Switch. Other than some slowdown in a handful of the later sections in which things got pretty hectic, there’s not much to complain about this one. Anomaly Agent is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 price tag.
This Anomaly Agent review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by NAISU.