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[Nintendo Switch] Attack of the Karens Review

[Nintendo Switch] Attack of the Karens Review
EdEN
  • On March 25, 2024

Attack of the Karens from Flynn’s Arcade and Studio Primitive is a quirky roguelite shoot ’em up on Switch. Learn more in our Attack of the Karens review!

 

Attack of the Karens from Flynn’s Arcade and Studio Primitive is a quirky roguelite shoot ’em up on Switch. Your mission, should you accept it, is to save the world from entitlement. Piloting the Manager X-15, you must defend your city due to an alien pathogen that has infected four spoiled women, mutating them in the process. This is why you’ll have to go and try to defeat the four Karen cyborgs – Cassie, Jordan, Marva, and Tiffany – before it’s too late.

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Once you get started, you can go over the tutorial, where Lt. Amanda Dales will show you the basics. You’ll control your spaceship with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you shoot at enemies with the A button. Most enemies will drop some energy when you destroy them. Collecting energy is important since it will allow you to increase your ship’s level. Do know that your ship’s level will be reset if it’s destroyed.

 

When you level up, an upgrade orb will appear. It will change between three different random upgrades. Destroy the orb to collect the upgrade that it shows. The options include receiving a boost to your overall health – which is a must if you want to be able to make it to the end of the game. You could also get a heart to restore your health, increase your ship’s speed, or boost its blaster fire rate. On top of that, you can obtain modules for your ship. You can also obtain modules by defeating larger enemies or by destroying Karen caches.

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Modules will act as the in-game currency, so you can spend them at the shop to obtain new stuff for your ship so that you can stand a chance of succeeding in your mission. Along with continuing to improve your ship’s power for subsequent runs, you can also obtain additional abilities for the Manager X-15. Thanks to this, you’ll be able to activate the deflector with the L button to protect yourself or deploy the module cannon with the X button. The R button can launch rockets once you add them to your arsenal.

 

Collide with an enemy or a hazard or be hit by a bullet l, and you’ll lose one health point. As expected, if your health reaches zero, your ship will be destroyed. As you defeat enemies, the progress meter will start to fill up. Once it’s half full, the mini-boss for that level will show up. And when the progress bar is completely full, the stage’s Karen cyborg will confront you.

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Since odds are you won’t be able to defeat all four Karen cyborgs during your first run, you’ll be taking on multiple runs as you learn the basics and get to better understand what each mini-boss and boss will do when in battle. Once you take on three different runs, you’ll unlock the Modifiers. You can then activate them as needed to make the game more challenging by, for example, having your ship take twice as much damage, or making enemies drop homing bullets when defeated. The good news is that there are some beneficial modifiers that can lower enemy health, or boost your ships fire rate right from the start.

 

Attack of the Karens is a quirky roguelite shoot ’em up on Switch. As the pilot of the Manager X-15, you’ll have to take on mutated Karen cyborgs as you put on the good fight against entitlement, trying to save your city from the alien pathogen that has unleashed this chaos. As you obtain more and more modules – which act as the in-game currency – you’ll get to improve your spaceship so that you can do better in subsequent runs and eventually manage to defeat all four Karen cyborgs in one go. Attack of the Karens is out on Nintendo Switch with a $4.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Attack of the Karens review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.

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