HYPERCHARGE Unboxed Review provided by SwitchWatch.co.uk
Developer: Digital Cybercherries
Release Date: Jan. 31, 2020
Price: $19.99, £19.99, €19,99
Game code provided by Digital Cybercherries
Game Size: 4.2GB
Juan over at SwitchWatchTV and I finally got some good use out of our Switch online subscriptions! The two of us put some quality time into HYPERCHARGE Unboxed, both in single player and in multiplayer. It is a fun and unique experience, but is it the hot new toy in town? Let’s find out! You can check out Juan’s video review below, or you can read our written review if you scroll down.
When you were a kid, did you ever play with your toys and thought what would happen if they came to life? I know that Toy Story has explored this narrative, but when I was small I used to play with small soldiers and Hot Wheels cars. I used to imagine that the vehicles would take my little soldiers into battle. HYPERCHARGE Unboxed is a realization somewhat of my imagination when I was a boy, so for me it is somewhat nostalgic. I try to take nostalgia out of the equation when reviewing a game, because like love it’s a very powerful emotion and can often blind you to the obvious faults.
HYPERCHARGE Unboxed is a first-person shooter where you can play cooperatively with a friend to fight off the hordes of enemies to protect toys from being forgotten by people. Okay. It’s not going to win any awards for the story, so you will have to use your imagination like we did.
In terms of gameplay, this game is best played with friends either online where four of you can play as a team, or you can also play PVP if you so desire. There is a single player mode, but to be completely honest, this becomes stale rather quickly. Please don’t buy this for the solo experience. This is one for you to pick up if you have some friends willing to do the same or to play with some randoms online. Although for me, it was best played with friends.
I was surprised that exploration is quite a key part of the game. You are a little toy soldier in some room in a house that becomes a massive playground for you to explore. Jumping from platforms to higher shelves to the top of a door using your double jump ability is loads of fun. The main purpose of the levels to simply protect the Hypercore systems dotted around the map. Enemies will target these, but you can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why using the build mode between waves is essential to set up defenses such as walls or explosive traps to blow up the toy robots which try to ruin your day. Coins are used to build better defenses, so it’s essential to collect these coins when enemies are destroyed.
Testing split screen, I found that it ran okay. At times, a little slowdown would show up, but it was nothing which ruined the experience. Online worked really well, and I am glad that the small indie team persevered to include this as it certainly adds a lot of value. Other modes are included such as team death match which is a cool distraction to working your way through the games stages with a friend. There is Plague mode too which was rather fun, but it was not my favorite mode by any means.
After finishing a stage, the game does a great job presenting the players with some entertaining accolades for some healthy banter and bragging. Finishing stages with high rankings as well as collecting hidden items will help you unlock more skins, items, and guns as well. This just added so much more to the experience and made each game unique as we anticipated who had the worst accuracy.
As with many FPS games like these where jumping is involved, it can be rather hit-or-miss in terms of judging the distances and can lead to frustration as the controls are tight but not quite tight enough in my view. Aiming and shooting feels good enough, and in our time it was certainly fun getting through each new level, especially with a friend. The enemy waves get harder and are more varied as you progress, but for us it became a little bit repetitive. I would have liked a little more to do. But otherwise in the gameplay department, this is a solid effort.
The music and sound effects in HYPERCHARGE Unboxed are great. Each stage has its own unique music that really fits the atmosphere, and the final wave music turns it up a notch and makes for an even more epic time.
The sounds of the various enemies and guns that you use are wonderfully authentic and add so much to the experience. The cues the games uses to help you understand what enemies are approaching as well as if one of the Hypercore systems is being attacked are helpful. You can tell the team put a lot of effort into making the game sound great, because it truly does.
VISUALS & PERFORMANCE
The SwitchWatch team and I were rather impressed with the visuals for HYPERCHARGE Unboxed. The backgrounds look as if there are toys everywhere, and it’s certainly varied and interesting in terms of the environments. It all looks massive, and it’s so odd seeing it through a little toys perspective. But that’s the point, and it’s implemented very well indeed.
The design of the various toys, including the soldiers that serve as your characters, are all amazing. It really helps to immerse you into a world that is both real and fantastical.
For the most part, the game performs really well, but it does stutter a little bit in splitscreen. Other than that, it runs at a solid framerate and looks great in the process.
As always, value is subjective. The game is £19.99 in the UK and $19.99 in the USA, but we did find it to be fun. However, it’s an experience that needs a little more depth to keep you coming back for more. This is only worth it if you have some buddies to play with or if you don’t mind playing with randoms online. From front to back, HYPERCHARGE Unboxed is solid. Unfortunately, those looking for a solo experience will need to look elsewhere, though.
Although it does have a single player experience, it becomes impossible after the first couple stages to clear alone. That’s why the value of this game depends heavily on your desire for a multiplayer experience. If that is what you’re craving, then we definitely recommend checking this out.
Thank you for stopping by SwitchWatch.co.uk and reading our review of HYPERCHARGED Unboxed! What did you think? Are you convinced to try this out? Let us know in the comments below! Happy gaming, everyone.
Story - 8/10
Gameplay - 8/10
Audio - 8/10
Visuals & Performance - 8/10
Value - 8/10
HYPERCHARGED Unboxed is certainly a unique game and one which is superb fun with mates. If you enjoy blasting away in multiplayer first-person shooters, then this is certainly for you. It is a beautiful-looking game with a great soundtrack and loads of stuff to do and unlock. However, and we cannot stress this enough, HYPERCHARGED Unboxed is absolutely at its best as a multiplayer experience.
Toys are alive!
Not a good solo experience
No voice chat