Allow me to preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of mecha, in both anime and video game form. For those of you who don’t know what mecha are, they’re giant robot battle suits. Examples include Gundams, Xenogears, Armored Cores, Battlemechs, etc. Sometimes they’re very fast-moving, while others they’re just huge bipedal tanks that shoot lasers. When given a chance to check out Project Nimbus: Complete Edition on the Nintendo Switch, I couldn’t wait to get into it. Developed by GameCrafterTeam and published by GameTomo for PC and Mac first, then ported to Switch, Project Nimbus: Complete Edition promised high-speed mecha dogfighting. Let’s dive in and find out how well it delivered.
Project Nimbus: Complete Edition is a high-speed aerial mecha combat game. Featuring three different game modes, Project Nimbus: Complete Edition offers players the chance to fly in a mech suit equipped with a battery of weapons. Set in the late 21st century; a great war has made the Earths surface unable to sustain human life. Divided into three factions, the remaining humans must fight using Battleframes. Players take on the role of Battleframe pilot and fight to secure energy for their orbital elevators to keep their factions’ floating cities powered.
The games modes in Project Nimbus: Complete Edition include a campaign, survival mode, and Warfront. The campaign features a storyline with battles between three different factions. Among the campaign levels are boss battle including nuclear battle mechs, giant weaponized ships and large groups of deadly pilots. There are a small variety of weapons to choose from including rail guns, cannons and missiles for long range, and a few melee weapons for close combat. The selectable difficulties are Casual, Gamer Recommended, and You Will Die. When I played through the campaign I had to play on casual, because casual has an auto-lock feature. I couldn’t hit anything using the thumbstick controls because of my lack of skills at shooting games. There is a tutorial to teach you the controls, and believe me, you’re going to need it.
Survival pits you in your choice of BattleFrame against endless waves of enemies, increasing in power as you go through them. Warfront features four different mission types that you can play over and over to acquire resources to upgrade your BattleFrames. Warfront also features six levels of pilot for you to progress through.
Visually, Project Nimbus: Complete Edition isn’t the greatest mech-game I’ve played, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have anything to offer. The art style is a mix between anime mecha design and blocky tank-mechs. It plays very smoothly on the Nintendo Switch, and I didn’t see any frame rate issues when playing on handheld or docked. I spent most of my time playing in handheld mode, as I do with most Nintendo Switch games, but I found it very difficult to see what was going on and read the HUD. That made me feel like the game was better optimized for play on a TV using the dock.
The voice acting in Project Nimbus: Complete Edition is much better than I was expecting. This type of game usually brings with it some over the top cheesy acting. However, it was disappointingly lacking, aside from a few ridiculous lines. The soundtrack for the game is great. It sounds epic with a blend of drums and horns, along with a touch of electronic music. I could listen to and enjoy it on its own while working away on some projects.
The campaign in Project Nimbus: Complete Edition is a short one. Most of the replay value will come from the survival and warfront modes. I can’t see most people getting a tonne of hours of gameplay out of it before moving on, but at it’s price point, you can easily get your moneys worth at the $1 per hour ratio.
Project Nimbus: Complete Edition is definitely a niche title that would appeal only to people who are into battling robot suits. For fans of Armored Core or Mechwarrior, it might be lacking a bit of what makes each of those games special, but it brings something a bit different to the table. I don’t see a whole lot of replay value for myself personally, but others might really enjoy the challenge of survival mode or warfront.
I’m going to award Project Nimbus: Complete Edition the Thumb Culture Silver Award. While it may not appeal to a huge audience, I’m sure there’s a group of people out there who would be very into it. And at it’s price of $19.99 on the Nintendo Eshop it’s a hard value to argue with.
Disclaimer: A digital code was received to complete this review.
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