Red Game Without a Great Name is originally a mobile game from Serial Cleaner developer ifun4all. It can only be played in handheld mode and requires using the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen — no buttons allowed. This begs the question: does Red Game Without a Great Name belong on Switch?
The central gameplay mechanics in Red Game are pretty simple: a bird flies from left to right on its own, and it’s up to you to swipe your finger across the screen to teleport it across walls and spikes. Levels, of which there are 60 in total, get progressively more difficult by adding more object to teleport across and wind currents that push the bird one way and another. Overall, though, Red Game is a pretty casual experience that’s never too difficult and never too clever.
That’s the problem with Red Game: it’s too shallow to justify playing on a handheld console, especially since it forces the use of the touch screen. Red Game is a much better fit on mobile devices because of how simple it is. Most people carry their phones around with them everywhere they go, and the slow-paced, short levels in Red Game feel like they’re designed for you to whip out your phone and play while you’re standing in line or waiting for food. I can’t imagine playing Red Game for long sessions.
Red Game‘s aesthetic is pretty nice, at least. The art style makes heavy use of silhouettes, and reminds me of the beautiful silhouette levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: A review code for Red Game Without a Great Name was provided by ifun4all.