[Review] Ghost Sweeper – Nintendo Switch

Written by Frank Sloan
  • Developer: 7 Raven Studios
  • Publisher: 7 Raven Studios
  • Release Date: 19/03/2020
  • Price:  £4.49 / $4.99
  • Review code provided by 7 Raven Studios

INTRODUCING: GHOST SWEEPER SWITCH REVIEW

We all love a good scare, don’t we? I’m a huge fan of Halloween and all things creepy, so I sure am. Anytime I have the chance to play something with this theme whether realistic or cartoon-like, I tend to get excited! Ghost Sweeper is a 2D puzzler that borrows a ton of nostalgia while trying to provide present day polish. Let’s dive in and see what these ghosts are all about!

A HAUNTING HAS OCCURRED!

The story isn’t all that important in Ghost Sweeper. You’re sort of thrown right into the fray with these two different ghost hunters. From what I saw, there isn’t really an explanation that is shown within the game. You get the basic concept as you play. Here’s an excerpt from the eShop below for some story background.

 After many centuries the dark lord is resurrected from his ashes, coming back to his castle and cursing the lands all around!!

Now many ghosts and undead wander freely haunting every place, giving to the people only one option, escape!

But when the hopes seem fade away… usually the heroes appear!  The “Ghost Sweepers” are here! Ready to kick out some clumsy monsters! 

Nintendo eShop Listing

DON’T LET THE GHOSTS HIT YOU!

The main goal of Ghost Sweeper is to collect the key in each level and then reach the door within. There are collectibles that can be found as well. These come in the form of coins, treasure chests, and gems. You have to make sure to avoid all of the enemy ghosts as you’ll die in one hit. It is difficult to defend yourself as well against the ghosts since attacks are limited. However, there are two different playable ghost sweepers to aid you in your quest. One is able to shoot ghosts and hurt them! In many instances, you will have to be quick to traverse a level or dodge incoming ghosts trying to prevent you from reaching the door.

Your gun allows you to create 2D blocks that can be used to platform and reach new heights. This is helpful and used throughout the levels to reach keys and objectives. The gun can also be used to block enemies from your path. Throughout Ghost Sweeper you will go through eight different worlds, with the ability to unlock an extra two bonus worlds. There are eight levels in each world to conquer. Each world is more challenging than the last.

FAMILIAR TUNES & CLASSIC ART

The aesthetic of Ghost Sweeper is a cutesy take on Halloween and has familiar remnants to Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Switch. There are many spooky enemy types to encounter from zombies, ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons, and more! The map is hand-drawn which is a nice touch, albeit quite simple in design. As you move through each world and level, you are on a linear path, with new art for the level being shown.

The OST in the game has some interesting music, with a lot of tunes being associated with classical horror. There are spooky tunes throughout the many different levels and worlds. Each time you enter a new level, you are greeted with a different soundtrack. This plays on a loop throughout the eight levels until a new world is reached. After a while, this can start to feel repetitive as do the some of the effects used. As with the new soundtrack in each world, the background image changes as well and this does provide some variety in your platforming-puzzle adventure.

BUILD BLOCKS & REACH THE DOOR

While playing through Ghost Sweeper, there weren’t many glitches and bugs. You may encounter some clipping issues when jumping too fast through certain segments across created blocks. With one of the sweepers, I did notice a slight delay in firing the shot that can attack ghosts. While this may not be a glitch, it quickly became annoying for timing attacks. It’s also frustrating to note that you jump with the “B” button, instead of the “A” button as we are normally programmed to do.

Handheld and docked gameplay modes are very similar here. I didn’t see much of a difference at all. The framerate was steady from my time playing through the game. I didn’t notice much image tearing or quality improvement between the two modes of play. The gameplay itself is clunky, but I didn’t notice anything that hindered the performance of the game. At times, I felt it could’ve been made for mobile platforms based on its simple design.

FINAL THOUGHTS

At its core, Ghost Sweeper is puzzler that’s not overly complex by any means. The mechanics and objective are quite simple, with a more modern day look to the aesthetic. The eShop listing describes Ghost Sweeper as a “‘Solomon’s Key’ inspired game with many add-ons.” While I can agree on some aspects, it would’ve benefited from more polish in the gameplay department. Overall, for the price there is a great deal of value here with over eighty levels of content. If you have a love for older games, and want to feel that puzzle nostalgia, then Ghost Sweeper is a great choice to fuel that fire.

PROS

  • Fun creepy soundtrack
  • Cool Halloween vibes
  • A good amount of levels for the price
  • Infinite lives

CONS

  • Lack of depth
  • Levels/Mechanics feel stuck in the past
  • Inconsistent difficulty spikes

Verdict
Ghost Sweeper is a nostalgia trip to puzzle-games of yesteryear, however it lacks the polish of a modern-day puzzler.
3/5

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