ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun Review - Nintendo Switch

ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun Review - Nintendo Switch

Quick Glance - ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun

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  • Platform - Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PC, Mobile
  • Players – 1
  • Achievements – Yes
  • Steam Trading Cards - Yes
  • Controller Support - Yes, Full
  • Retail Price - $7.99

High Level Premise – Twitch Arcade / Psychedelic Shooter

Graphics/Style – Retro-inspired with colorful flashing elements

Music/Soundtrack – Chiptune Electronica 

Story – The Sun is beginning to consume planets. ATOMIKS are the source of energy that remains on distant worlds that the protagonist needs to collect.

Replay-ability – Moderate - If you are a completionist, collecting every ATOMIK is going to take you several additional hours.

Time Commitment – Typical levels take only a few minutes, later levels increase the difficulty and can take longer depending on your skill.

Value –  High - For only eight bucks, there is a ton of content to explore.

Favorite Element – You Gun and Jump. That's it.

I believe in games with a simple concept. ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun is one of the most basic you can get. One button fires, and the other one fires downward, thrusting your character in the air. While this is all going on, the level continuously scrolls, hurdling you towards obstacles. This game originally started out as a mobile title and has progressed to consoles and PC. 

The game however is brutally unforgiving, and the controls actually feel a bit unresponsive at times. It's not like Super Meat Boy, or The End Is Nigh, where when you mess up you can totally blame yourself. ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun feels almost punishing for making even the slightest mistake. It's a neat little game that I feel is hampered by some unforgiving level design and controls. I almost wonder if it is because of the way the Joy-con is configured to be held, I think the game us best played controller with proper triggers like a Pro controller or an Xbox One controller (on other platforms). 

At $7.99, ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun contains about 120 levels scattered throughout multiple worlds. Each level has ATOMIKS scattered throughout the level that the player has to collect. You do not necessarily have to collect them all, but you must collect enough for you to progress to the next world. This can keep hardcore players interested in trying to collect all ATOMIKS to see the game to completion. There is a ton of content for the price, which gives this game a bump up to the Buy This Game rating. Be warned, this game is for hardcore players only, those that love dying over and over again as well as those really into twitch-reflex type games.

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