Streets of Rage 4
Sega's Streets of Rage series is held in extremely high regard be beat-'em-up fans and crusty old gamers in their 30s or 40s. As one of the latter, I reckon Streets of Rage 2 for the Sega Mega Drive is the finest brawler ever made.
Or at least, it was until Streets of Rage 4 came along. This intriguing fan-led franchise resurrection proves remarkably successful at nailing what made the original trilogy so special, and even (whisper it) improves on the formula.
Trials of Mana
Final Fantasy VII Remake wasn't the only lavish Square Enix JRPG remake to cause a stir in April. Trials of Mana made much less of a splash, because far fewer people have played the '90s original. But this is a solid, colourful action RPG with a meaty combat system.
If you've enjoyed the recent Dragon Quest games, there's every chance you'll take to this nostalgic-yet-fresh adventure.
Like Overcooked? Then Moving Out could be right up your alley. The focus here is on shuffling furniture around rather than flipping burgers, but the principle is the same: chaotically casual couch co-op.
There's a welcome rambunctiousness to Moving Out's moving system - if you're tip-toeing around with people's furniture here, you're doing something wrong.
In Other Waters
If you're at all like me, then you got to the end of Capcom's wonderful Shinsekai and wondered why more games aren't set underwater. In Other Waters provides another blissful slice of marine exploration, but it's no side-scrolling Metroidvania.
Instead you're an AI helping a puny human to explore the oceans from a stylishly topographical viewpoint. Scan for life, set waypoints, and operate the high-tech suit that keeps your vulnerable master alive.
Regular readers with sterling memories might remember that in 2015 we were rather partial to a certain Nitrome platformer called Gunbrick. In Gunbrick: Reloaded, we get a fully fleshed out, subtly honed version for Switch.
This isn't your average platform-puzzler. You control a curious square vehicle that uses its whopping great cannon to both attack and move, which means you have to think really hard about your positioning and orientation.
Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse-Bouche
WayForward is on a roll at the moment. Following hot on the heels of the quirky co-op shooter Vitamin Connection comes this improbably named gem.
It's another delightful twist on the side-scrolling shooter, this time with elements of the RPG and puzzler genres sprinkled across the top like so much confetti.