Originally posted August 27th 2014 on the Seafoam Gaming forums
Chubbins was the first indie game I reviewed on PBZ. That was a few months ago! Luckily it seems Dahku have made another Wii U eShop game. Is is just as good, if not better than Chubbins? Find out!
Title: Soon Shine
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: 8/14/2015
The main game/story
This is a simple arcade style game that uses the gamepad entirely. No pro controller here folks, it’s gamepad time! In this game, your goal is to tap all of the bad spirits that approach your sun or moon. You tap them with the stylus and flip the moon with a swipe. It’s simple and fun!
The graphics in this game get the job done. It’s 2D in a nice fashion, the backgrounds look nice, including the unlockable backgrounds you can buy (More on that in a minute).
Music and sound effects:
Mostly meant to relax, it gets the job done. There are multiple different songs to choose from (Though you have to buy them as only one is available by default), and the sound effects are the general “popping” noises you’d expect from a simple game like this. With different songs to choose from, eventually your variety will increase so there will be plenty of options for everyone!
Being a more simple game, this review will yet again be rather short. But I’ll still try to explain as much as I can! In this game, you must tap all of the spirits heading your way, in three different difficulty settings. One is the standard where you can use items, another, “Purist” makes you use NO items, and this was my favorite mode, and the last one is a time attack where you must get a high score under three minutes.
When the spirits come for your Sun/Moon, you must tap them to get rid of them. However, while you could tap randomly to destroy them, that won’t work. First off, you won’t get much of a good score at all. Second, there are light and dark spirits that force you to flip to the other side to destroy them, and they are rather fast.
Flipping the Sun/moon over, you realize the true strategy of the game. The colored spirits are slightly lighter in the Moon side, while on the Sun side they are a bit darker. However when you flip the Sun/moon over… The spirits from the other side stop. They can’t move, and tapping them just makes them aggravated. The true goal is to tap spirits of the same color in a row, for as long as you can. As the chain goes higher, so does your score. However the other spirits will break your chain if you touch them, and you can’t just have them eat at you otherwise you’ll lose very quickly. It’s a risk and reward aspect, and I like it a lot! You must time your swipes just right in order for the spirits to stop where you want them to, so you can continue your chain on the other side, and then repeat as long as you are able to.
And that’s pretty much it. Thankfully it’s no gamepad destroyer, and it’s a ton of fun with lots of replayability once you get the hang of how the game works. Posting high scores on miiverse is recommended!
In conclusion, while Soon Shine is a simple game, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. It’s one of those pick up and play games you can simply grab and play for a few minutes before going to another game. With numerous backgrounds and songs to purchase from the in game store, there is a lot of replay value (Even though you don’t get much coins from a game unless you do good enough, and even so they are a bit expensive). I give Soon Shine an 8 out of 10, and strongly recommend it for high score fans and casual gamers.
Thanks to DAHKU CREATIONS for the review code.