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From quick bursts of fun to epic quests, get your con­soles ready

DRUM - - Chill Out - – GARETH SEILER

OCTOPATH TRAV­ELER NIN­TENDO SWITCH

The ’90s were a golden age for Ja­panese role-play­ing games (RPG) and Octopath Trav­eler is a call­back with beau­ti­ful sprite-based graph­ics, and a turn-based com­bat sys­tem that’s deep and easy to grasp.

The old-school graph­ics hold up well on the smaller screen when your Switch is in por­ta­ble mode. In­stead of fol­low­ing one char­ac­ter’s story you get eight. And how all the sto­ries in­ter­link is what makes Octopath spe­cial and fresh.

There’s over 100 hours of game­play with many se­crets – some of which we found about 80 hours in. It’s a must if RPGs are your thing.

CAP­TAIN TOAD: TREA­SURE TRACKER NIN­TENDO SWITCH & 3DS

The Wii U was a good con­sole with some great games. Cap­tain Toad is one of those and now gamers can ex­pe­ri­ence it on the Nin­tendo Switch and 3DS.

Play­ers must guide Toad to col­lect hid­den coins and gems while ac­ti­vat­ing plat­forms and switches to de­feat en­e­mies. While the lev­els are easy to com­plete on the first pass mas­ter­ing lev­els and com­plet­ing un­locked chal­lenges are more dif­fi­cult – but this is op­tional.

Toad is as cute as ever and the game is bright, colour­ful and fun – even on the 3DS. If you like puz­zle games get this one.

Kick it old school or col­lect coins with a cute toad.

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