Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Mighty Switch Force! 2
 BLOG ABOUT THIS

Review: Mighty Switch Force! 2

12:00 PM on 06.15.2013 // Chris Carter
  @DtoidChris

Still switchy, but not as mighty

I've been in love with the WayForward's eShop titles ever since Mighty Flip Champs! dropped in 2009. It was a beautiful, challenging, vibrant game that was followed up by Mighty Milky Way and Mighty Switch Force!, with the latter seeing the most success -- enough to warrant an HD Wii U port and a full sequel.

The only problem is, WayForward tends to excel when it's constantly thinking up new worlds and characters. I think somewhere in the process of developing a sequel, they missed a bit of the magic.


Mighty Switch Force! 2 (3DS)
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Publisher: WayForward Technologies
Released: June 13, 2013 
MSRP: $5.99

Once again heroine Patrica Wagon will be tasked with finding the loveable Holligan Sisters, but instead of putting them behind bars, she's saving them from certain death -- specifically, dying in a fire, since the entire area has been set ablaze.

This time around Patrica has hung up her police badge and taken up the career of a firefighter, which of course means she'll function a bit differently. Instead of wielding a laser pistol, she'll predictably be blasting water out of a hose, which allows you to manipulate select muddy blocks, destroy enemies, and of course, put out nasty fires. Block switching is back, allowing players to change two sets of blocks from the foreground to the background with the press of a button.

Really, that's about it. If you can imagine the first game with a fire hose it's essentially the same game re-skinned, with a few minor new concepts to grasp, like occasionally pumping water through puzzle-pipes that gets very tedious for a few levels, and leading flaming enemies to wood-blocks, which feels exactly like leading bombs to blocks in the first game.

In fact, it's so similar to the original that I even felt like I was playing the exact same game a few times, with very familiar level layouts and designs. One level (Incident-06) even feels like a shot-for-shot rehash of a stage from the original. It wouldn't be a major issue if it weren't for the fact that the game only had 16 levels, but by the time you reach some of the new concepts, the game is practically over.

Switch Force! 2 attempts to mix things up with the hose by providing you water-based puzzles and new block types, but ultimately these just feel like an extension of the first game's laser pistol puzzles. In other words, instead of going the full-mile and embracing the water aspect (for example, with a hypothetical new swimming mechanic), it just feels like a re-skin rather than a new game.

Of course, the classic Switch Force-style gameplay still holds up, as the controls are still just as tight, and the level design (barring a few boring stages) is still top notch. You'll still find yourself switching like crazy as you traverse some well-designed tricky jumps, and scratch your head during some of the more formidable "lock block" puzzles.

You'll have the opportunity to tackle all of the game's 16 stages after completion with a powered-up gun (again), and go for each level's par time for fun, and that's about it. There's also a hidden baby (that you get to kick to safety in hilarious fashion) in each level should you want more.

If you haven't experienced the Switch Force series yet, you're probably better off buying the original or the Wii U update for now. Mighty Switch Force! 2 isn't a bad game by any means, it's just more of the same sans an upgrade of the formula, and the level design is actually a bit weaker than the original (but still good). Maybe if a third entry is ever announced (featuring Doctor Patricia, perhaps?), WayForward can really push the envelope.



THE VERDICT

7.5

Mighty Switch Force! 2 - Reviewed by Chris Carter
Likable - That's a seven, which is actually a different number than five. It's more than ok. We like this game. I don't want to play it every day forever and ever, but it's definitely worth the time I invested in it, and I'll be picking it up again to relive the fun sometime down the line.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Chris Carter, Reviews Director, Co-EIC
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidChris Tips
Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! -----------... more   |   staff directory





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Mighty Switch Force! 2


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Hindsight Part II: Unreleased Games of the Past

Robbing Kirby of his Greatest Asset

The meaning of The Witness (Part 3 of 3)

Friday Night Fights: War Never Changes Edition

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Review (Vita)

Waifu Wars: Loyalty-Tier

The Wii U's fate is not (entirely) Nintendo's fault

Musings on Firewatch (Spoilers)

My Gaming Landscape [February 9th, 2016]

The sexiest Senran Kagura character has been found!!

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Woot! I hit 8888 comments!
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
FEAR and Resident Evil 4 were great action/horror games. It's a shame that nowadays such ideas either go one way or another. I would like to see a resurgence of that style where it's a scary/tense experience but the player has power and control.
ThrillDyl avatarThrillDyl
Hey, Dyltheman here, just telling that it is just me who changed their username. That is all, go about your day.
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
I just got into a beta (the email didn't mention NDA) for a moba on xbox one. I know what I'm doing tonight.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I just took the Pewdiepie Undertale Playthrough Challenge - I managed to get through 2mins 29sec before getting a migraine and escaping the page. Where is my trophy or Vicodin reward oddammit???
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
[img]http://i.imgur.com/5Yz281M.gif[/img]
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Also I can't even see the comments anymore, anyone else having this issue...not that I will be able to see...I'M LOCKED INSIDE A BOX OF MY OWN THOUGHTS WITH NO ROCKET LEAGUE!
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Rocket Leagues 1st Season just ended at 4PM EST. There aren't any ranked matches for right now...what am I going to do with my life?!?!
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I GOT YAKUZA 3 IN THE MAIL! Gonna emulate 1 and 2 first but this is great news
TheBlondeBass avatarTheBlondeBass
Dragon Quest Builders seems to be selling well in Japan. Can we have a port plz?
Megas75 avatarMegas75
Ah, the good ol' wrasslin ads of old
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
OK you Streetfighting motherfuckers, Heres the scoop on which PS3 sticks/pads will work with the PS4 version of SFV, courtesy of the inventors of said tech, the marvellous people of Lab Zero http://skullgirls.com/2015/05/lab-zero-ps3-fight-stick-technolo
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
Waits for payment to go through so he can stream Bayonetta on Wii U this weekend. Any day now... Any day.
Alessa Leng avatarAlessa Leng
Been watching from the shadows for some time now. Time to Join in! Trying to finish Bravely Default in time to play Bravely Second... What are the games you're excited about for 2016?(even if it's just something u dream of...)
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Been watching this show on hulu I feel like it would make for a kickass Platinum Game. Imagine playing through mostly as the supporting cast and beating the game on hard gives you Saitama for God Mode.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Just saw Torchman's waifu... damn brah. Talk about shit...
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
GUYS OLAF ISNT A MAN HES LITERALLY A FUCKING BEAR
Inquisitive Ravenclaw avatarInquisitive Ravenclaw
In only 5 days, the most romantic Holiday of the year will be upon us...
Larxinostic avatarLarxinostic
So, the notion kept hounding me that the new Pokemon, Magiana, had existed long before its recent unveiling... Then it hit me. [img]http://i.imgur.com/UhFmf63.png[/img]
Torchman avatarTorchman
Oh look, a picture of all your waifus in the place where they belong!
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -