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The Next Penelope Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET One of the most famous Greek myths of all time might not seem like an ideal starting point for an intense, top-down combat racer, but the setup for The Next Penelope feels perfect. You assume the role of the titular heroine, wife of the long-absent Odysseus who is famed for her undying loyalty despite the advances of many persistent suitors. While this might make Penelope sound like your tiresomely stereotypical passive female character and little more than a trophy for the hero to swoop in and rescue, she is not content to simply sit and wait for her beloved to return. Instead, she hops into a spaceship and explores the intergalactic kingdom of Ithaca, desperate for news of her husband. Inspired by the likes of the Japanese / French cartoon series Ulysses 31, The Next Penelope combines engaging action with superb presentation, and is all the more remarkable for being the work of just one man, Aurelien Regard. It borrows concepts from the likes of Micro Machines and F-Zero as well as 2D shooters, throwing together a startling number of ideas into the same bubbling pot. What’s truly stunning is how well this medley holds together.TOP/BEST ADULT VIDEO GAMES IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)

The Next Penelope Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

The Next Penelope Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

The controls in The Next Penelope start out quite simple, but quickly grow in complexity the more weapons and abilities you unlock. Acceleration is automatic and there’s no means of slowing your speed, beyond hitting trackside objects or flying over special panels designed to halt your pace. You can essentially steer left and right using either the analogue stick, D-pad cluster or the ZL and ZR buttons. Weaponry and abilities are assigned to the button cluster on the right-hand Joy-Con and the L and R shoulder buttons. Penelope’s quest to find Odysseus sees her participating in a series of three-stage challenges which comprise roughly of an opening level – which gently introduces the player to a new weapon – followed by a race against those aforementioned suitors but ending in a boss encounter; the latter two stages are usually focused on effective use of the new weapon bequeathed in the opening level. For example, one trio of stages teaches you the basics of the teleport move before placing you in a race where – at a certain point in the track – it’s possible to teleport ahead of your rivals. The third stage is a boss battle against the legendary Minotaur (re-imagined here as a floating bull’s head spaceship) where you have to teleport across various lanes while constantly firing at your opponent.

Set in a futuristic Odyssey, “The Next Penelope” is a fast paced action racing game with loud colors, an original story and a challenging risk-reward system.

Each weapon adds a little wrinkle to the way the game plays, and once you’ve unlocked one it can be used on other courses in the game. One weapon gives your craft a short boost which can be used to smash through obstacles, ram other racers or simply gain a bit of pace. Your guns can be used to take down suitors and each bullet satisfyingly ricochets off walls. Mines are perhaps the most useful of all of the armaments, as they slow down racers and also suck away some of their precious shield energy, adding it to your total. The aforementioned teleport move is only really useful on certain levels, as is the grappling hook which allows you to remove large blocks in your path and – in one boss encounter – peel away armour. The final weapon turns enemy projectiles into experience points, which are used to boost the capabilities of Penelope’s craft. All of these powers deplete your shield energy when used, so the game is a constant balancing act; fire your guns too many times or use too much boost and you’ll run out of power, which brings a premature end to your race. Recharge points exist on certain parts of the track, but it’s the mines which you’ll rely upon most, especially during boss fights where they are often your only means of replenishing health.Aquadine Switch NSP

The Next Penelope Switch NSP Free Download GAMESPACK.NET

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In races you can happy drop them in the path of your onrushing rivals – but caution is still required as these mines will damage your ship as well. Throughout this review we’ve spoken a lot about racing, but in actual fact that’s rather misleading. The Next Penelope isn’t really a racing game as such; granted, many of the stages pit you in a dash to the finish against other ships, but there are levels which are totally open and allow you to fly in any direction. Similarly, the boss battles we’ve touched upon so far play out more like a ‘shump’ where you’re blessed with the ability to move wherever you wish. This variety ensures that The Next Penelope feels fresh throughout, with each new challenge offering something very different from the last. Back during Gamescom 2014, I lovingly spoke about an upcoming release called The Next Penelope. The man behind the game, Aurelien Regard, seemed to have a grand vision for the title. It mixed elements from Micro Machines, F-Zero and even a shoot-‘em-up or two for something truly remarkable. Sadly, the game never ended up on the Wii U eShop, due to a rough porting process. With a new system release, the developer finally saw fit to release it on my home turf. Just like back then, the result was a delight all the way through. You’re put into the shoes of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus.

If you’ve played a MicroMachines game, you’ll feel right at home with the controls! (An alternative control scheme is available for newcomers as well.)

Just like the Greek stories of old, the commitment to her husband is unrelenting. Despite the interest of many suitors, she goes on a journey to find Odysseus or at least some news on his whereabouts. The difference between the original tale and The Next Penelope is that it takes place in a space kingdom that reaches the outer rims of the universe. Ithaca, as said kingdom is called, brings a five hour journey that is both enthralling and challenging. The way you explore the world is by racing on various tracks and obstacle courses. You control the action with either the D-Pad or the ZL and ZR buttons while the acceleration is done for you automatically. While that sounds simple in premise, getting yourself around corners or obstacles requires delicate movement unseen in other games of the same ilk. More importantly is the focus on four different weapons, which are activated using the face buttons. The first power you get, a boost, isn’t just used to get ahead in the game. You will need it to destroy blocks and clear a way that allows you to live. The same can be said for the laser or transport abilities. Both can used in multiple ways to get your head in the game. While The Next Penelope is on the shorter side, it does offer a solid progression curve. You will glide your way through three-part galaxies, which ups the anti as you go along.Rise of Nations Extended Edition

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The initial mission teaches you a new technique, the second is a race and the third ends with a boss encounter. Those first moments require you to adjust your momentum and approach the gameplay style in a new way. Take the lava kingdom for example. It’s here that you learn teleportation and the need to make your moves with a certain swiftness. If you see a gap that you can overcome, you need to hop on that chance as soon as possible. This sets you up for a boss (minotaur to be exact) for where the quickly switching lanes is an essential part to victory. There is so much to keep in mind, all while keeping your energy levels in check. The risk of overusing your powers is certainly there as they become tools you rely on. In the early levels, I found myself using the boost way too much, which resulted in some quick deaths. That was certainly on me, but learning from failure is important for success. You will need to be sharp to overcome the brisk challenges. It’s good to have some quick reflexes, but a victory comes down to having a good battle plan and using your options well. In the end, I was so happy as I tinkered around and found the things that worked. It was super rewarding. Upon starting the game you’re instantly thrown into a three-stage tutorial in which you’re given the chance to acclimatise yourself to the game’s controls and how your ship handles, as well as the various different kinds of stages the game has to offer – including racing and collecting certain amounts of XP.

Weapons can be mixed and used at any time, but all these abilities cost vital energy, so the player is very powerful and close to death at the same time!

This doesn’t take long and before you know it you’re thrown onto a map screen where you can choose any of the game’s six different planets to gain new abilities and progress through the game. Worlds have specific difficulties, and these are judged by the ability you’ll get in each world; there are two Normal difficulty worlds, two Very Hard worlds and an Impossible world where weapons aren’t allowed at all. Each world will give you new weapons such as mines which, when exploded, will give you XP and a warp drive which will allow you to teleport yourself anywhere on the track as long as its on screen at the time. XP can be earned by destroying enemies, completing races or by dropping mines excessively. Once you’ve earned enough XP it can then be used to give your ship enhanced abilities such as permanently increasing your speed or giving yourself extra energy which means you can use your abilities more or take more risks when crashing into walls or getting closer to enemies. The Next Penelope is mostly great but it’s not without its issues, for example, when you unlock a new ability for your ship it is automatically assigned to a button and there is no way to map the ability to a different button. An example of this is that the boost button is mapped to B and the shoot button is mapped to A.

I found this initially difficult to get used to and would have liked to have been able to swap them around to make things easier for me personally to control. Another issue I had with the game was the difficulty curve that the game has, some of the later stages can be far too overly challenging and lead to a lot of frustration. Each world is made up of three stages and if you get stuck on one of these stages and decide to try another world you’ll have to start that world all over again, which is a real shame, but is balanced out by the fact you’re able to earn more XP by replaying stages you’ve already beaten. Experience points are dished out for finishing a level and wrecking an opponent, and can even be found lying around certain stages in small quantities. Using these points you can boost the speed of your ship, increase its manoeuvrability and even zoom out the camera a little so you have a wider view of the action. In order to accrue all of the points required to unlock every one of these abilities you’ll need to re-play several of the challenges – this is something we had to do repeatedly as we found some of the later levels to be quite tricky.

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Indeed, The Next Penelope will pose a stern task for even the most experienced player, although it should be said that in most cases, it’s simply a matter of adopting the right strategy rather than having lightning-fast reflexes. A good example of this is the spider-like end-of-level boss Arachne; our on first few goes we blindly tried to blow her up with our main guns only to fail several times over. We soon discovered (thanks in no small part to a handy hint system which flashes up before each encounter, which we’d foolishly ignored) that it made more sense to use mines to take her down, carefully laying them in her pre-determined pathway while avoiding incoming fire. The Next Penelope’s main campaign lasts for around five hours – if you’re a veteran player you may even finish it sooner. There are bonus missions to unlock post-game but after seeing the end credits you may well find your interest in the game diminishing. Thankfully an excellent four-player race mode (single Joy-Con support is included here, even though it’s not in the main game) keeps you coming back for more. Each player assumes the role of one of Penelope’s suitors and the aim is to be the last racer standing at the end of the challenge. While online play would have been nice, this mode is still jolly good fun when played with a group of friends.Cities Skylines

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