eShop news (May 14, Round 2): I Hate Running Backwards / Awkward / Mars Horizon

Today’s Nintendo eShop news: I Hate Running Backwards announced for the Nintendo Switch, but also…

  • Awkward
  • Mars Horizon
  • Bossgard
  • Wandersong
  • Planet Alpha

I Hate Running Backwards

Last week, Binx Interactive, Croteam Incubator and Devolver Digital announced that I Hate Running Backwards (a “shoot ’em down”) will be released this Summer on Nintendo Switch. It will cost 14.99€.

Here’s all you need to know about the game:

I Hate Running Backwards is a never-ending adrenaline packed shoot’em down roguelite that puts the emphasis on destruction and fighting never ending waves of enemies while time traveling through procedurally generated, fully destructible worlds! Pick your character and blast away enemies with a high-powered arsenal of shotguns, lasers, rocket launchers, singularity cannons and other weapons! Get stronger by earning perks to decimate challenging bosses along the way.


Lead by Croteam’s legendary Serious Sam, players can choose from a variety of explosive heroes including Shadow Warrior’s Lo Wang, Enter the Gungeon’s Bullet Kin, Hotline Miami’s Richard, and Nuclear Throne’s Crystal! Go solo or team-up with a buddy via local cooperative play – all these heroes and more are at your disposal.

I Hate Running Backwards (Swich – eShop) comes out this Summer in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: I Hate Running Backwards PR


Last week, Snap Finger Click announced that Awkward was headed to the Nintendo Switch (a “friendships-testing party game”), on June 19th. It will cost 12.99€ / £9.99 / $11.99. Here’s all you need to know about it:

Designed to be played by between one and six friends, cooperatively or competitively in teams, Awkward’s fiendish questioning is set to test relationships and disclose secrets that participants never intended to reveal. The game features over 5,000 questions, written by Danny Gallagher (Quiplash, Fibbage 2) and Joanna Haslam (Buzz!, It’s Quiz Time).


Awkward is a simple proposition on paper, inviting players to answer a series of questions about themselves, choosing between two distinct answers. The twist comes when fellow players must guess how the first one responded each time, testing how well they know each other. Guess correctly, and the game recognises and rewards the compatibility.

When the questioning is simple, everything is peachy. But Snap Finger Click’s advice is to play Awkward at your own risk, as across a series of rounds its questions grow less trivial. Don’t be surprised if Awkward teases uncomfortable truths out, sparking debate – but at least you’re all friends, right?


Originally a highly controversial card game, the story goes that Awkward was banned at the end of the 19th century due to the conflict it caused, from bar brawls and slanderous gossiping to family feuds and divorces*. This revival of the game sees it swap the physical card format for easy, controller-passing local multiplayer gameplay.

Streamers can take advantage of Awkward’s built-in compatibility with Mixer, Twitch and YouTube (on all platforms except Switch), hosting the session for – or ‘against’ – up to 500,000 concurrent viewers. No need for a companion app – viewers simply interact via chat to guess the host’s answer. Whether playing locally or streaming online, Awkward will also display how the rest of the world answered each question.

Finally, here’s some screenshots:

Awkward (Switch – eShop) comes out on June 19th in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Mars Horizon

Last week, Auroch Digital announced Mars Horizon: a space agency management and mission simulator inspired by real science and engineering. It will be released in Q4 2018 on Nintendo Switch.

Here’s all you need to know about it:

Mars Horizon is a strategy game in which players control a government space agency. Picking between the space agencies of either Europe, Russia, or the United States, the players then control the agency to collaborate or compete in a decades-spanning campaign to expand humanity’s reach further into space. With each game an alternate history begins to be shaped and guided by the player’s actions, building iconic rockets, probes, and satellites that transmit crucial scientific data back to your customisable Earth HQ, all the while researching, investing in, and bolstering your space flight capabilities. During the player’s version of the space race, perhaps Europe work with Russia, sending satellites into orbit? Could it be that the US get this first satellite into space but that Russia achieves the first moon landing? Who will be best poised to venture to Mars because of learnings from earlier missions? Players will research new tech, expand their agency base, build rockets, send satellites into orbit, and launch a variety of missions throughout the Solar System. The game culminates in the first crewed mission to Mars, setting the stage for humanity to become a multiplanetary species.


The UK Space Agency provided support in the form of a grant, plus advice and information on space exploration and the running of an actual space agency for Mars Horizon. Together with research into real science and engineering in the space industry, the support shown by the UK Space Agency to assist in Mars Horizon’s production has elevated and further inspired the development team at Auroch Digital.

Mars Horizon (Switch – eShop) comes out on in Q4 2018. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Auroch Digital PR


Last week, Sand Sailor Studio announced Who’s The Boss, a fast-paced asymmetrical multiplayer game. Here’s all you need to know about it:

WHO’S THE BOSS? Well, it’s finally you! So grab your friends and get ready for the craziest fights in our fast-paced asymmetrical multiplayer game.


            The meanest? The baddest? The silliest? Choose from a variety of unique bosses that are yours to command! Strike fear in your enemies as a mighty fortress or keep them on edge as an angry slice of bread, it all depends on how bossy you feel today!


            If you’re more of a team player, team up with your friends and fight together as a warband of brave vikings. From the bulkiest to the shortest, the Vikings are going all in. Go toe-to-toe with the Bosses as a Melee warrior or keep your cool and distance as a Ranged hero. Axes, hammers, bows and even bare knuckles will help you drop the pain on the Boss. What’s your weapon of choice?


            Spice things up with an array of Whacky arenas. Bass-blasting concert stages, giant deadly espresso machines, choose where you make your stand! Choose carefully though as each environment will test your mettle with themed traps that bring unexpected gameplay variations.


            WHY BOSSGARD? Because it’s accessible and straight to the point. No gear, no leveling, no stat calculating, just straight, drop-in, TWIN STICK BOSS-FIGHT ACTION. Grab a gamepad, pick a Viking or the Boss and start battling. It’s that simple. And the more the merrier!

  • Fight your friends as a mighty Boss or team up and join forces as a warband of brave Vikings
  • Discover Whacky arenas that will test you with unexpected traps and gameplay variations
  • Overpower the BOSS by synchronizing your special attacks
  • Wreak havoc by unleashing your massive rage fuelled power on the Vikings

After release, the developers will add content to the game, and more precisely:

  • new bosses
  • new vikings
  • new scenes
  • new gameplay modes

It will be playable in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and will cost 200 Yen.

Finally, here’s the list of developers working on the game:

  • Cristian Diaconescu, Exalted Leader and Creative Director – The original Sand Sailor
  • Razvan Dumitrache, Senior Programmer – lvl 60 coder techpriest
  • Nicoleta Iordanescu, Level Designer – the human cat
  • Marius Mustata, Level Designer/ 3D Modelling – part time wizard
  • Stefan Georgescu, Concept Artist – Hipster pirate
  • Adrian Cristea, Gameplay Programmer – our brother from another mother
  • Alina Popescu, Sound Designer/ Community Manager – waffle lord and Sound Blaster
  • Petru Dumbravician, Assistant 3D Modeler – top lane support

Bossgard (Switch – eShop) does not have a release date yet. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Sand Sailor Studio PR


Here’s the latest video clip for Wandersong:

Wandersong (Switch – eShop) comes out later this year in Europe and North America.

Planet Alpha

Here’s the latest video clip for Planet Alpha:

Planet Alpha (Switch – eShop) comes out later this year in Europe and North America.


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