Stunt Kite Party Switch Review by SwitchWatch

Developer: HandyGames

Publisher: HandyGames

Release Date: Out now

Price as of Article: $9.99 USD, £8.99 GBP

Game code provided by HandyGames

Story

The story in Stunt Kite Party is about a boy named Eddy who wants to be a stunt kite professional. He travels to Santo Breeze to find the best spot and try out his skills against other competitors.

However, things don’t go as planned, and a whole host of weird and crazy events happen that only Eddy can sort out with the help of some new friends.

Gameplay

There are 3 game modes to play in Stunt Kite Party, and most can be played with up to 4 players. It also has a single player story mode which is an excellent inclusion in any party game.

Story Mode!

The Story mode takes you to 4 locations where you’ll meet a cast of quirky individuals. As Eddy, the main character, searches for the elusive Santo Breeze, different events will occur that will see you fighting alien invaders that are threating humanity.

The story is ridiculous but sets the stage for what you will be doing through this hour and a half campaign. Yes… it’s pretty short. I managed to get through it quicker than I thought I would.

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It can be made even shorter, thanks to an option to skip challenges if you get stuck on a certain game without penalty. It’s a nice inclusion, so younger gamers don’t get frustrated.

However, this is a great mode to introduce you to the cast of characters, get used to the controls, and learn how to play all of the 10 games that are available.

Come Fly with Me!

The analogue stick move’s your kite around the sky. You can launch your kite into the air or recover it from a crash with the A button. You can also slow down your kite for better manoeuvrability by pressing L bumper and use special power-ups, like shields and speed boosts, with the R bumper. Also, certain games require you to fire with the B button.

Controls are pretty simple, so anyone can pick it up and start playing. There’s a unique movement to flying the kite, so it will take some time to get used to it.

You are tethered to your character while moving the kite, so your main character just stands still. It can feel strange at first, and I did crash a lot at the beginning of the game, but after a few missions, it will become second nature, and you’ll fly like a pro!

Stunt Games!

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There are 10 games that you’ll get to play through Story, Cups, and Tournament modes. These games will have you do a few different activities. Here are just a few of them:

Alien attack – hide behind a plasma shield when activated to protect you from the alien death ray. The shield will become smaller with time and you can bump your competition outside of the shield, so they get hit, and you become the lone survivor.

Ghost hunt – “who you gonna call?” Pilot your kite around the screen, tracking down ghosts with your attached searchlight. Each ghost that appears in your light will be destroyed and you will receive points. The one with the most points at the end wins.

Balloon popper – fly your kite around the sky and pop all the coloured balloons by dashing into them with the A button. Watch as the screen is filled with chaos as everyone tries to score the most points within the time limit.

These are just 3 of the 10 games that are available to play. Most of these are enjoyable; however, there are a few stinkers in the 10 games that aren’t as fun as the rest.

Playing through the story is advised not just to get a grip of the controls, but for the better understanding of how each game plays.

Cups/Tournament!

There are two other options to play if you complete the story mode: the cups mode and tournament mode.

In cups mode, you can play up to 4 players or go at it alone – it’s your choice. There are 5 cups to play through, but only one is available at the beginning. Complete the first and the next one will unlock.

It’s a great little mode to get the family involved. It was enjoyable and quite competitive.

Unlocks!

Each of the 8 characters looks unique and quirky, and playing the story mode is one of the ways to unlock certain characters. Other unlocks can be achieved in games too. You can view unlock conditions in the help menu.

There are 8 characters, 8 costumes to unlock, as well as 8 kites to use. It’s a nice inclusion as it encourages you to go through the games and even the story mode again to unlock everything.

Multiplayer Mayhem!

The game really shines in multiplayer. I found most of our game time ended up in Tournament mode as certain games that were tedious to play could be excluded from our play sessions.

Favourites that we played a lot on were: alien attack, meteor blast, rocket rage, bumblebee banquet, and catching kites.

Those were just a few of our favourites. We also played the Cups mode and the incentive to be the best and win the trophy at the end.

Stunts Not Required!

There aren’t a lot of bad things to say about Stunt Kite Party. Only things I had issues with were a few games that were too similar or too annoying to play, and the story mode is too short.

Yes, there’s a lot of competition on the eShop for 4 player titles at the moment, but Stunt Kite Party is an affordable party title if you’re on a budget. It’s another fun party title that has a lot of quirks and is a great game for any family get together.

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Audio

Music in Stunt Kite Party is upbeat and jolly and fits each location well. Also, sound effects are decent and fit the overall cartoony nature of this family-friendly party game.

Visuals & Performance

Visuals are really nice and add some serious personality to the overall package. Everything is bright and colourful. Especially the cast of quirky characters that have nice animations and feel – looks quite good.

I feel like a lot of care and attention to detail went into creating each of them, and I really like it. The environments also look nice, and each one has its own animated, environmental elements, bringing each level to life. It’s the little details, but I think the game looks really nice.

The performance was great too, and everything has been smooth and ran without issue.

Switch Icon!

The game icon shows Santo Breeze in the background and has the Stunt Kite Party logo in its centre. It’s bright and stands out on the Switch main menu.

The game supports screenshot and video capture.

Value

For £8.99, you’re getting a lot of content here.  There’s the Story mode, Cup mode with 5 cups each (with increasing difficulty), and games that can be played by up to 4 players. A custom tournament mode where you can select what games you want to play can be played with up to 4 players as well. There are 8 characters, each with unlockable costumes and 4 unlockable kites.

The game is ideal for families, as everyone can enjoy a cast of quirky characters and the frantic nature of this sky-high party title.

(Note: Some characters are locked at the beginning and playing through the story mode will be needed to unlock additional characters. The Help option on the main menu lists how to unlock all the extras.)

Pros

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10 mini games

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Up to 4 players

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Story mode

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Cups/Tournament modes

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Affordable party title

Cons

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Story mode is too short

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Some games aren’t as fun as others

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Wish there were more games