Soon Shine Review (Wii U eShop)

A few days ago, I got the chance to review a game called Soon Shine. I didn’t know what to expect from it. Up until then, I had never heard about it, but that didn’t take away from me enjoying this very simple game.

Concept

Take the role of the Sun & Moon and squash evil spirits to build up points by tapping and swapping your roles effectively.

Graphics

While this game may not have the most detailed textures, I found it looking very nice and simple. The first background you have is a vertical scroll of some vines on a sunny day/clear night. The spirits are simple, but that is perfect for the concept of creatures/pests you’re trying to destroy quickly.

Simple graphics but nice nonetheless

Simple graphics, but nice nonetheless

Sound

When I first turned on the game, I was surprised by the sound. It gave me a feeling a peace and relaxation. The game may become hectic, but I appreciated that first tune. The first song starts off with a calm beat before it picks up its rhythm. I have to admit that while writing this review I simply turned on the game and let the music play.

Gameplay

The game is “tap and swipe”. You tap the spirits moving toward you to “squash” them. However,  you need to be careful how you do it. You cannot squash white spirits when you’re the sun and the same is true for black spirits if you’re the moon. These spirits force you to switch between the sun and the moon by swiping across since they never stop moving toward you.

You should note that you don’t just switch between the sun and moon just for the black and white spirits. Switching prevents any spirits that were moving toward you to stop. On the other hand, previously immobile spirits will resume their march toward you. The task of the player is to effectively utilize this fact to chain hits among a color group to build up points faster. Every time you hit a spirit of the same color as the last, the points you gain are doubled from 100 until 12800. If you break the chain, then it starts off at 100 again. Since white and black spirits will force you to break your chain, they start off by giving you 500 points. This chain factor makes a very simple game a bit deeper with a layer of strategy as well as reflexes.

Chaining hits becomes difficult in times like this

Chaining hits become more difficult in times like this

You can expect the game to only get better after you have played it for a while. You are able to buy items with tokens you earn (1 token for every 100 points rounded according to my playthrough. I have yet to figure out the bonus tokens). These items can range from Nova, to Black Hole or Freezing Time. Personally, I aimed to unlock the music and backgrounds first as they are the most expensive things (perhaps too expensive) you can buy. The cool part is that you have a money sink. Even though there is a “no items” mode, you are never forced to use any.

The game feels like a mobile game and you might wonder why it’s on the Wii U instead of the iPhone. I actually wondered why it isn’t on the 3DS but then I realized the Wii U’s GamePad’s screen size is perfect for this game. On the 3DS or a phone, it’d be too difficult to see the spirits until it’s too late. Sure, a tablet might have a better screen size, but the GamePad guarantees a stylus, which is the best way to play. Simple touch works, but when things get hectic, the stylus offers the best control and accuracy. I will caution that you might want to take a break every now or be light on the screen because, for me, the stylus seemed to lose it’s effectiveness with all of my swiping after a few intense rounds.

Multiple backgrounds and music to unlock

Multiple backgrounds and music to unlock help, but it’s actually neat on its own

Overall

Since Soon Shine is essentially a mini-game, it is a requirement for it to have replayability. That being said, it delivers and I like it. While I am not as super excited to go back to it like Fruit Ninja made me at first, I do find the concept neat and easy to return to play. It’s a nice game to have accessible when you just want to relax and you don’t even need to play the game for that to happen. This is a GamePad game and it’s perfect for the controller, just be careful not to grip it so hard.

Game Size: 97MB

Price: $1.99

Soon Shine Review (Wii U eShop)
This is a game I don't believe can be scored (but requirements demand a score). It's a great mini game and I think would be a great opportunity if the developers could pair it with a big release title on the Wii U. I also loved the music.
Graphics7
Sound8
Gameplay7.5
Replayability7.5
Pros
  • The Music
  • Challenging
  • Good fit for the Gamepad
Cons
  • Combos are unpredictible
7.5Overall Score
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