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Nerdly (Oct 24, 2017)
Ultimately Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is a decent, if short, beat ’em-up that is ideal for the Switch – the marriage of the consoles portability and the more casual nature of the game is a perfect match. I just wish there were more levels for this Squareboy to kick ass in!
Expansive DLC (Oct 15, 2017)
With the strong influx of indies in recent weeks, it’s not going to set the world alight with its three button system and passage of play but if you’re looking for a cheap, mindless way to spend a few hours on Switch, you won’t go far wrong.
GamesReviews (Oct 17, 2017)
Squareboy VS. Bullies: Arena Edition is a good game, but its not going to wow anyone. If you’ve never played a sidescrolling beat ’em up before, then this wouldn’t be a bad one to start with. But if you’re a long time fan of this genre, you will be left wanting more.
Gert Lush Gaming (Nov 13, 2017)
A simple game but a simple game with a powerful message. Bullies never win and its great to see a game tackle the issue. I mean you could say its a bit off that to teach kids about bullies is to beat them up but hey its still got a message. Its a basic streets of rage and is very limited but only takes an hour or so to rinse through. In short its, a very basic game that only lasts a short while and maybe not a must play.
Nindie Spotlight (Oct 12, 2017)
Though it is admirably put together and works perfectly well it is lacking in excitement and even I’d say in some heart. Having finished played it for hours I’m still really indifferent on the overall experience. It isn’t bad but it isn’t memorable. If you’re searching for something simple that is inexpensive and will consume some of your time with a generally moderate challenge, and are just a fan of the genre in its many forms, perhaps it could be worth your time though.
The Switch Effect (Dec 27, 2017)
While the game is available for free on iOS and Android devices, the Switch version is a much better choice. A bigger screen without the limitation of a gameboy style border will give you more freedom and fun. Overall, while the game is relatively short, it is quite fun.
Miketendo64 (Oct 09, 2017)
So although it is not perfect, it is cheap, it is simple and if you’re worried it will take up too much of your storage space, it’s only 77 MB, so it’s small as well and it is a sign of better things to come as the next game to come to Switch that has had Ratalaika Games involved with it, is a total knockout, so even if Squareboy isn’t for you, The Count Lucanor might very well be!
Pure Nintendo (Nov 08, 2017)
Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition for the Switch is a cute and decent callback to classic beat ’em ups that easily stands above its mobile counterparts. However, despite this console version being superior, there simply isn’t enough content or depth here to keep you interested beyond the main story.
Nintendo Life (Oct 11, 2017)
Squareboy is a decent beat-em-up, if a little on the short side. The Switch version is definitely the better version of the game but perhaps doesn’t quite do enough to justify the cost when a free option is available elsewhere. This isn’t a bad game by any means – in fact, we had a rather enjoyable time playing through the story levels – but its flaws and inability to stand out from the crowd stop it from being a sure-fire hit.
Switch Player (Oct 17, 2017)
While the morals that the game tries to tell are good ones – since when is kicking almighty lumps out of bullies not a good thing – it would have been nice to see a bit more complexity added to the arsenal of attacks. It feels like a game that a mobile device would be able to handle with no trouble – and the Switch needs to be above that level in order to sway families away from mobile gaming and back to a trusty console.
50 (Oct 12, 2017)
If you’re one of the people who enjoyed Squareboy Vs. Bullies on your mobile device, you’ll find this Switch port is more robust in terms of control, has a few extra goodies baked in and is a lot nicer to look at without ads or popups asking for in app purchase unlocks. However, in terms of simply being a Switch game, there’s a bit to be desired for replayability. Now that I’ve done the whole story, I’m not compelled to go back and play again. The arena mode is ok but it’s not my favorite and I wouldn’t buy the game just for that. The end result is something “ok.” It’s not terrible, but it’s also not world star. Pick it up if you’re looking for a light game for the afternoon and not much longer.
Nintendo Insider (Nov 27, 2017)
Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition stands up to make itself known on Nintendo Switch, but, rather than choosing to pay homage to greats such as Double Dragon and Final Fight, more inventiveness was needed to make it memorable. There’s enough to entertain for a short while, but the repetitive design and lack of any real ambition hold back its potential – resulting in an average experience that’s little more than a pushover.
GamingTrend (Oct 13, 2017)
At the end of the day, Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition is a serviceable beat-em-up that doesn’t go out of its way to stand out. While it does have a distinct Gameboy-inspired feel, its repetitive level design, disappointing enemy variety, and lack of content make for a middling five dollar experience.
FNintendo (Oct 28, 2017)
Em suma, Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition não é de todo um mau jogo e até pode ser considerado pelos saudosistas dos beat’em ups clássicos que sejam detentores de uma Switch mas é apenas uma opção válida para quem não tenha onde jogar jogos da Virtual Console enquanto ela não chega à Switch. Não se deve esperar daqui um verdadeiro clássico mas sim algo que consegue divertir durante apenas uns minutos, apesar de deixar sempre a sensação ao jogador de que mais valia jogar o jogo no qual se inspirou.
40 (Nov 05, 2017)
Auch wenn ich keine hohen Erwartungen an „Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition“ gehabt und mit „Don’t knock twice“ und „Tower of Babel“ keine atemberaubenden Spiele zuvor getestet habe, fällt es mir sehr schwer, irgendwelche positiven Aspekte zu finden. Vorne weg ist dabei sicherlich der lokale Kooperationsmodus zu nennen, durch den das Spiel halbwegs spielbar wird und vielleicht dazu beiträgt, dass man bis zum Endkampf dranbleibt. Wer das Genre liebt, sollte den eShop allerdings lieber nach einem anderen Genrevertreter durchsuchen.
Video Chums (Oct 18, 2017)
When it comes to beat 'em ups, few games are as simple as Squareboy vs. Bullies: Arena Edition. The easily exploitable and basic gameplay combines with the overall lack of variety in a way that'll make you wish that the bullies win.
Gaming Boulevard (Oct 15, 2017)
In conclusion, I am disappointed with this game, really. Originally pegged as an old skool Beat’m up, this game seriously needs to be patched to at least work properly. At this moment, I can not give a passing grade to this game, just too many things are wrong and need to be fixed.
SwitchWatch (Nov 17, 2017)
SquareBoy vs Bullies doesn’t have much content, but it makes up for it by having such a low price. Of course, the game is also free on mobile, but the Switch version plays much better. Overall, it’s a pretty small game, but SquareBoy vs Bullies is very cheap, and only worth it if you are a fan of beat em ups.