The Wii U was filled with cheap eShop titles, but the quality was always suspect at best. For every good cheap eShop title, there was a slew of terrible games that polluted the storefront. With the Nintendo Switch, we have seen higher quality indies thus far, but often with a higher price point as well. Kamiko is the first game to be introduced at a budget price: just $5. So how does the first budget release on the Nintendo Switch fare?
Kamiko has you playing as one of three priestesses, each of which has a unique playstyle. Through the game, you must battle demons, solve minimal puzzles, and find the 4 gates to unlock the boss battle. The story is simple: you are basically defeating evil, but it matches the aesthetic of a retro-inspired game.
After you choose your character, you are thrust into a top-down action game. Due to the unique playable characters, each adds its own play style to the game. The game is fast paced and action-based, and will have you chaining together attacks on enemies to increase your SP meter. The SP meter allows you to dish out a massive special attack, each one unique to each character.
Kamiko also throws in some light puzzle-solving into the game in order to access gated areas. Bringing a key from one area to a locked gate or bringing a a sphere to a certain location – it’s all pretty simple and streamlined, but does add a bit of thinking to the game.
The game is filled with demons that you have to mow down, and the action can get pretty frantic on screen. The game maintains a smooth framerate throughout the experience though. After opening all the gates, you battle the boss of the level. Bosses are pretty simple: stay alive, find the weak spot and attack.
Kamiko has a great visual style, which is a sort of mix between an 8-bit and 16-bit game. Colors are crisp and vibrant, each of the 4 levels has a distinct look, and everything flows very smoothly. The game also has a great soundtrack as well, with a really good musical score that keep the game moving along.
The one downside of the game is that, yes, the game does only offer 4 levels. The experience is over pretty quickly, and can be beaten in an hour or so with one character. The game does encourage that though, as you can activate a timer to see how fast you completed the level. So if you are into speed runs, you will enjoy that aspect of the game. If you are looking for a lengthy quest, this isn’t the game for you however.
Kamiko is a fun pick-up and play experience, with great visuals, good gameplay, and makes for a fun retro-inspired experience. It’s worth exploring the game with each of the 3 characters just to see how different they actually play, which adds some replay value to the title. If you are looking for an inexpensive game for a weekend playthrough, Kamiko is a good pick.