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Sling Ming review for Nintendo Switch


Platform: Nintendo Switch
Also On: PC
Publisher: Good Night Brave Warrior
Developer: Good Night Brave Warrior
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: No
ESRB: E

I’ve been working on my review of Sling Ming for a couple of weeks now. Here’s what I have so far:

*ahem*

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Sling Ming is that it’s not a mobile game that’s made its way over to the Switch.

Seriously, that’s literally the only impression I have of the game after playing it off and on for a couple of weeks. It’s not good enough to leave a lasting impression, and it’s not bad enough to make me lament its existence, either. In every way imaginable, it’s adequate.

It really does seem like a mobile game that made the jump to the Switch, though. The controls — assuming you don’t use touch controls — are incredibly simple, and require you to move the titular Princess Ming along rails to the exit. Sometimes you have to move those rails around to avoid obstacles, and other times you need to rely on motion and momentum to give her that extra bit of oomph to get around a corner (though, as far as I could tell, the game doesn’t actually feature motion controls, which seems like an oversight).

If Sling Ming has any kind of distinguishing feature, I’d guess it would be insane difficulty spikes, coupled with shockingly hard challenges on every level. Luckily, the challenges are optional, which means you don’t need to devote hours to grabbing one extra coin or shaving a millisecond off your time just to move on to the next level. Even so, while the controls are simple they’re also lacking in precision, which means that you’ll be looking at a world of frustration if you devote yourself to beating some of those challenges.

I wouldn’t advise it, though. Given how profoundly forgettable Sling Ming is, it doesn’t seem like you should be getting all worked up just for your own personal satisfaction. If you’re not super into mobile gaming but you want to recreate the experience on your Switch, then it might be kind of worth checking this game out, but it’s not going to be the end of the world if you miss out on it, either.

Good Night Brave Warrior provided us with a Sling Ming Switch code for review purposes.

Grade: C+