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SpiritSphere DX Review

July 11, 2018 / 9:42 AM

By: Jesse Waldack

Thanks to Nintendo Dads Podcast Patron Chad Benoist for writing the following review for SpiritSphere DX

Title: SpiritSphere DX
Developer: Eendhoorn
Publisher: Fabraz
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 7/2/2018
Reviewed by: Chad Benoist

Itching for a tennis game but don’t want to drop money on a high priced game like Mario Tennis Aces, then you need to take a look at this game. Spiritsphere DX is a fantasy based tennis like game that is perfect for a couch co-op or for that quick game while on the run. Published and developed by New York-based Eeendhoorn and Fabraz Games, the team took their time to create a game that is meant to be picked up and played with friends. Players pick from a very diverse cast of characters to play as and take each other on hitting the mystical SpiritSphere back and forth in an effort to best the other. All in gorgeous 8-bit art style and music that is reminiscent of Zelda games from the NES or Gameboy Color days. The graphics look best in handheld mode, but still remain sharp when docked and on the big screen.

While there may not be much to normal tennis style gameplay, Spiritsphere DX offers a huge selection of items, arenas, and playing styles to keep the game fresh and this adds to the replay value significantly. Items like the bow and arrow keep your opponent on guard while different SpiritSpheres are introduced from the very basic ball style to ones that are either invisible or shot fireballs when hit. The different arenas will also keep the game play fresh as you adapt to the different environments.

The game shines in multiplayer modes supporting up to four players. Hand to Hand mode brings the nostalgia of old-school cocktail table arcade machines to life as two players share a single Switch with the Joy-Cons attached, and sit across from each other holding one side of the Switch. This by far the most fun of the multiplayer modes offered.

In the single-player campaign, you can pick from the main protagonist Lyn, a sword-swinging heroine, or from a variety of other unique characters each with their own strengths and playing styles. While there isn’t much in the way of a story, the game still remains fun to play through and the taunts at the start of each match are often funny and entertaining. The campaign mode is 10 rounds that visit nearly all of the different modes available to play from. Progression will earn you in-game coins used to unlock different items, spheres, characters, and arenas to play in. The single-player campaign is perfect for killing a few minutes when you take your Switch on the go.

For the low price makes the game a great value and is on par for the content and replay factor. The game is very family friendly. The controls are easy to learn and are adaptable to both the Joy-Con Controllers and to the Pro Controller.

The only downside that came up was the occasional connection issue when switching to multiplayer modes and connecting the controllers for the game selected. This can be easily fixed by backing out to the main menu and choosing the multiplayer mode again.

Spiritsphere DX is available now on the Nintendo eShop.

US and CA $10
UK £8.10

About the author /

Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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