Each week there are plenty of new games coming out. Although with so much going on it can be hard to keep track of them all. Thankfully Checkpoint is here to sift through them all and bring you our highlights of the week.
So let’s jump in and have a look at what’s coming out this week.
Pokémon Café Mix
Date (Aus): 23/06/2020
Platforms: Switch, Mobile
“Link together Pokémon™ icons to clear puzzles as you work to build up your very own café in Pokémon Café Mix, a free-to-start game for the Nintendo Switch™ system! Meet the goals for each puzzle before you run out of turns—link a certain number of icons, get a high score, or even destroy sugar cubes to serve up Pokémon themed menu items.
Recruit Pokémon to help out at the café (in their adorable uniforms) by building friendship and expand your café and menu offerings by completing puzzles. Each Pokémon staff member has a Café Skill that will come in handy during puzzles!”
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated
Date (Aus): 23/06/2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
“The fully remastered, nay, rehydrated original soundtrack of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. Includes all fifteen beloved tracks that make every day the Best Day Ever!
Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots with your mighty bubbles? Of course you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn’t you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!”
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Date (Aus): 23/06/2020
Platforms: PS4, Switch
“The ’90s classic Star Wars Episode I: Racer is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 complete with modernized controls, Lucasfilm and developer Aspyr announced today. A beloved racing title based on the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode I: Racer puts you behind the controls of your favorite podracers as you speed through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.“
Date (Aus): 24/06/2020
Genre: Multiplayer Action
“Use Ninja-Gum to blow bubbles that can be tossed at your foes, craft all sorts of weapons, and dash across stages.
The appearance and variety of your weapon will vary depending on the type of Ninja-Gum you use.
Take part in Battle Royale-style matches of up to 8 players and vie for supremacy with ninja around the world. The player who earns the most points over the course of the match will be declared the winner. Score points by defeating your opponents, obtaining items, destroying drones positioned across the stage, and more. Earn extra points by taking down your opponents with an IPPON—impressive finishing techniques.
Join up with friends and take part in a 4-on-4 team battle. Cooperate with your teammates and earn more points than the opposing team to be declared the winner.
A colorful variety of costumes and accessories from an array of unique fashion brands are available. Choose from a wide variety of avatar items which can be combined as you see fit. You can stick to one brand for a consistent look, or mix and match to create a style all your own!”
The Almost Gone
Date (Aus): 25/06/2020
Platforms: PC, Switch
“Poised between life and death, isolated and alone, you must unravel the poignant truths that led to your fate. Dig beneath the beautifully rendered façades and interiors of an ordinary suburban lifestyle to discover a contemporary tale crafted by an award-winning author.
Piece together this compelling story by revealing objects and memories, and decipher these clues to reveal more of the story and its secrets. From your own home to eerily deserted streets, beautiful apartment blocks to abandoned hospitals, you must search forensically for clues and the path forwards. Each new revelation takes you that one step closer to understanding, and to the people and places that surrounded you, in your all too short life.
Why are you here? Why are you trapped? Will you ever get home?”
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia
Date (Aus): 25/06/2020
Genre: Simulation / Strategy / RPG
“The continent of Runersia is home to six major powers with more than 40 bases, 100 knights, and 50 types of monsters. Select a ruler, compose your platoons of knights and monsters, and march to claim enemy bases. The player chooses how they will battle, so devise the best strategy to lead your nation toward continental conquest. How will your legend unfold?
Time passes on Runersia in seasons, each one consisting of an Organization Phase and an Attack phase. During the Organization Phase, knights and monsters with various classes and skills are organized into platoons in preparation for the upcoming battles.
During the Attack Phase, turn-based platoon battles take place on a map made up of hexagonal spaces. Make use of unit skills, elements, enclosure effects, terrain advantages, and other battle tactics to lead your side to victory! All nations, knights, and monsters in the game will continue to battle and grow as you do. The game is also packed with other ways to grow your armies such as class changes, equipment, and various items.”
Dungeons 3: Complete Collection
Date (Aus): 26/06/2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
“Dungeons 3 Complete Collection is the ultimate edition of the latest instalment in the popular Dungeons series of strategy games. Build and manage your own dungeon as an evil Dungeon Lord, recruit new monsters and place cunning traps for unsuspecting adventurers. At the same time, dare to conquer the vast overworld in a comprehensive story campaign. Enjoy a sheer endless amount of content across single-player, multiplayer and skirmish modes with this collection spanning the base game including several free content updates and seven expansion packs!“
There were a lot of good choices this week but it’s hard to look past the fun and colourful action of Ninjala. This Switch release is looking to occupy the competitive multiplayer space for Nintendo lovers and I think that’s an area that needed more love. The vibrancy of this game looks to create a fun yet competitive atmosphere and as long as the controls can match the quality of the visuals I can see this game being a huge success.
The best part? Ninjala is a free-to-play game. It’s always risky jumping into a multiplayer game at launch because the game will live and die by its player-base. There should be no fears here though because you don’t have to pay a cent to experience this multilayer mayhem.
What new titles are you most excited for this week? Be sure to let us know!
Don’t forget last week’s Coming Out to make sure you didn’t miss anything.