Review by Courtney
Developed and Published by Cosmocat
Available on Switch, Steam, and the developer’s website
$12.99 on Switch, $4.99 on Steam, $4.99 on Dev Website
Released on October 16th 2016 for PC, and June 8th 2018 for Switch
Operation Hardcore follows the story of a character that sets out to do something about the current alien invasion the world is suffering from. It can be played alone, or with local co-op. The game is a relatively simple side scrolling platformer with various upgrades and weapons.
The game has a bit of a B movie humor style, with the cut scenes saying things like your character set out with only the essentials, and showing a bottle of whiskey on a table. It’s got a pretty cute pixel style, and the controls feel fairly smooth on the switch.
I think this game would be something fun to play with friends, but I don’t know how much enjoyment a solo player would get out of it. For the price, it’s ok. But this feels like a game I’ve played before. We’ve all played the side scrolling shooters with upgrades. And while, objectively, there’s nothing wrong with the game, there isn’t much that really drew me in either. The one major upside is definitely the humor, which the game has plenty of.
Personally, if you’re looking to buy this game for your switch, I would recommend waiting for a sale. The game can also be bought directly through the developer’s website or on steam for $5. As of writing this article, until November 2nd, the game is actually $1.24 on steam for sale. I think that’s a great grab for something to play around with friends.
Overall, this game is just fine. Nothing terrible, nothing stunning. I had fun with my son, but we weren’t super compelled to 100% anything.
For these reasons, my rating is 5/10.