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[Nintendo Switch] Oxytone Review

[Nintendo Switch] Oxytone Review
EdEN
  • On May 20, 2024

Oxytone from OxGames is a slow-paced puzzle game in which you’ll be exploring the depths of your mind. Check out our Oxytone review!

 

Oxytone from OxGames is a slow-paced puzzle game in which you’ll be exploring the depths of your mind. You’ll be taking on 99 challenges spread over 12 maps of increasing difficulty that won’t overwhelm you. Your task will be to aim for the highest possible score as you connect the longest possible path. Every move you make matters, and it will change how big of a combo you can get in each set.

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The gameplay loop is easy to understand. There will be a glowing spark that will continuously move forward on its path. By placing and rotating tiles, you’ll be able to extend its journey. Every tile that you place will make it possible to boost your score while giving you a chance to chain another tile as you combo your way through each area. All of this is done in time with the beat, with a dynamic soundtrack that will change based on what is going on.

 

You’ll rotate each tile using the left analog stick or the D-Pad and place the tile with the A button. You can discard tiles as needed by pressing the B button. Keep in mind that this will reduce the number of tiles you can place. This can end up putting you in a predicament later down the path. You can also use the right analog stick to control the camera so that you can get a better look at things. By having the spark move back over already placed tiles after you place a tile, you’ll start to build up a combo multiplier that will increase the points you get for that move. You can also play this one by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if taking on this one on a Nintendo Switch Lite console.

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As you play through each map, you’ll be rewarded with gems based on your overall performance. You can then visit the Unlocks section on the main menu to spend your hard-earned gems to, well, unlock some extra stuff for Oxytone. You can change the trail color left behind by the spark as it travels through each path. You can change the background color. And then we have the modifiers and modes section. While in there, you can unlock Relax Mode or Infinite Discards.

 

Unlocking and activating Relax Mode will allow you to play this one with a stack of tiles that will never run out, thus basically turning the game into an endless puzzler. The catch is that you won’t be able to unlock trophies when playing in Relax Mode – more on trophies in a bit. As for Infinite Discards, as its name suggests, when you unlock and activate this modifier, you’ll be able to discard as many tiles as you want, but trophies will also be disabled. You can also unlock Quick Mode when you reach 99,999 total points. This one will make everything run at a much faster pace.

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There’s also an in-game trophy system for you to work on. The objectives to complete are simple and to the point since you’ll have to work on reaching cumulative milestones as you improve your skills. You’ll get your first trophy for playing the game for the first time. From there, you’ll unlock trophies for playing the game 10 times, 33 times, 66 times, and 100 times. You’ll also have to score 100 points, 3,333 points, 33,333 points, 99,999 points, and 333,333 points, as well as place 100 tiles, 333 tiles, 1,000 tiles, 2,000 tiles, and 3,333 tiles. Some other objectives require that you obtain a trail length of 50, 100, 150, 200, 400, 600, 700, and 800 in a single run.

 

Oxytone is a slow-paced puzzle game in which you’ll be exploring the depths of your mind. As you place tiles with twisting paths, you’ll have to pay attention to how each connection can allow you to combo your way to a high score. While discarding tiles is also an option, doing so can lead to not having enough tiles left to reach the milestone needed for progressing further in the game. Oxytone is out on Nintendo Switch with a $7.99 asking price.

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Disclaimer
This Oxytone review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by OxGames.

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