Review: Vroom in the Night Sky (Nintendo Switch)
I'm not going to beat around the bush here. Vroom in the Night Sky easily ranks among the worst games I've ever played. It's so shockingly bad, it feels like a scam-- a sleazy way to separate people from their hard-earned money. What's even more shocking is that Nintendo would allow such a game into their eshop.
Immediately upon starting the game, new players are asked the pertinent question, "Are you the first time to play this game?" Pressing the A button brings up a new question, "Shall I explain the game if necessary?" Sure Vroom, please explain this "game" to me, because I sure as hell don't understand it.
The story narrative in the game is explained in one sentence-- "You are a 'Magical Girl' from now!" Well, okay then. Apparently, it is the job of "Magical Girls" to collect "Stardusts" (plural) by flying around the night skies. Thankfully, the tutorial assures me that I'll get the hang of the game pretty quickly with an on-screen prompt that reads "If you will get used to flying the night sky, let's fly around various places in the various night sky. I'm looking forward to flying around various skies together!" Me too, Vroom in the Night Sky!
If the wonderfully well-written and deeply considered tutorial wasn't enough to explain the game, let me try. Essentially, players control anime witches who fly around the sky on motor scooters. It should be noted that the game refers to these vehicles as motorcycles, bikes, and scooters The goal of the player is to collect "Stardusts" and fly through magical rings.
But really, the "Stardusts" are completely unnecessary, as they only unlock different scooters. Essentially, flying through rings (with apparently unlimited time) is the only gameplay element of the game. Fly through 10 rings and a goal ring will appear. That's it. I'm not joking.
While flying through these rings, players are treated to thrilling conversations, which appear in text form on the bottom corner of the screen. This exciting, edge-of-your-seat banter includes things like, "There is only tree," and "Wow, Magical Thrilling!"
There’s no challenge, but there is a timer, which doesn't seem to do anything anyway. Perhaps it’s there to shave a few milliseconds off your completion time? It’s an insulting assumption that people are going to want to play this garbage more than once.
Vroom in the Night Sky’s entire package, from the lame anime character design and horribly translated dialogue and tutorial to the mind numbing and pointless gameplay, cements its place as the worst game on the Nintendo Switch. I don’t think it will lose that title anytime soon.