Nintendo hardware isn’t usually associated with shooting games, so the release of Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL on the Nintendo Switch is a welcome one.
Players will spend most of their time in Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL playing through missions found within each of its meaty campaigns. The Soldier campaign is the one that players will very likely invest the most time in. It contains a decent amount of missions that are varied and enjoyable to play through. As with other campaigns, the goal is to complete objectives within missions by making use of various weapons. Given the use of a top-down view, it means that shooting is done by making use of the right analog stick to aim and shoot. As far as arcade games go, this one does a very good job of ensuring that the controls are easy to use. What could have been improved is the way that special weapons like bazookas are used, since it occasionally results in instant death for the player’s character.
The Specs Ops campaign feels somewhat similar in terms of content when compared to the Soldier campaign. It would seem logical that it would be more about conducting special missions and yet the missions are very similar to those found in the Soldier campaign. It would have made more sense if these missions made use of stealth and strategy elements. Not that this makes it any less enjoyable to play through them. It just feels like some effort could have been made to ensure that there was a bigger distinction between both campaigns.
Despite the quality of the other two campaigns, there is no denying that players will really enjoy playing through Zombie campaign. Each of the missions makes it possible for players to tackle hordes of zombies whilst completing objectives. It’s not exactly groundbreaking but it’s the sort of idea that works really well for this kind of game. Although this campaign could have done with a few more missions.
Those that can’t get enough of shooting zombies should definitely check out Zombie Horde mode. It requires players to complete certain objectives whilst surviving wave after wave of all kinds of absurd zombies, such as zombie chicken.
Perhaps the game’s best strength is its ability to not take itself too seriously. From the dry humour to the way that it presents its characters in a silly manner, it’s clear that this is a game that all sorts of players can appreciate.
Not content with presenting players with plenty of content to keep them busy, the development team has also thrown in an upgrade system for good measure. Although it could have been simplified to make it more appealing to use. Each of the upgrades can be purchased by making use of currency earned whilst playing, but the user interface and the way that the system functions could have been improved to make it more approachable.
It’s unusual for a title such as this to not include the option for two or more players to be able to play together locally. It would have made it even more enjoyable to obliterate whole platoons Rambo style with another human player. Instead any characters that accompany the player’s character in some missions only follow the player’s character. It would have also been nice to have online leader-boards to compare scores with other players. At least each of the missions has a variety of difficulty settings to challenge players.
In a way Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL feels like a more accessible version of classic strategic shooters such as Commandos on the PC.
With cartoonish graphics that look just as good on a smaller screen as they do on a big TV screen, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL that fans of shooters should definitely try at some point. It seems like even tiny soldiers can pack quite a punch under the right conditions.