[Nintendo Switch] UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object Review

by EdEN, Owner

UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object from Short N Sweet Games and Blue Firefly Studio is an arcade-style roguelike downscroller on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object review!


UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object from Short N Sweet Games and Blue Firefly Studio is an arcade-style roguelike downscroller on Nintendo Switch. Yes, it does feel at times like an homage to Downwell – which I got a chance to review on PlayStation 4 back in 2016 –but we don’t even bat an eye at a game releasing in 2024 that pays homage to games like Metroid or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night that combine elements from the two. You know, a Metroidvania, if you will.

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For UDO, you’ll be digging down into a mysterious planet as you try to obtain as many resources as possible during each of your runs. Remember, this is a roguelike, so you’ll die a lot. That’s just part of the gameplay loop. As you make the most of your powerful – but extremely oversized – drill, you’ll have to avoid or defeat enemies, always keeping in mind that flying enemies will chase after you as soon as they spot you, so you might end up having to escape from them when you’re running low on health.


You’ll get to learn the basics thanks to the mandatory tutorial. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, who can jump with the B button. Collect fuel so that you can use your drill. You can press the X button. The A button will be for drilling in the direction you’re facing. The Y button will be pressed to drill downward so that you can defeat plated enemies. All of this can also be done by pressing up, left, right, or down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad along with the ZR button.

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Landing on an enemy will damage them, and it will also bump your combo multiplier by 1. Your combo multiplier is important since it will affect how much gold you obtain when you collect a coin. Coins are going to be crucial to your adventure since you’ll be spending them in safe zones to add some extra skills for that run, as well as to unlock them for the hub store. Coins will also be converted to crystals after each run. With crystals, you can purchase skills or skins at the hub store. Skills can be equipped to the Deck tab. Skins can be equipped at the Skins tab.


Each of the skills that you unlock will be added to your Deck and will be presented on the left side of the screen. Equipped skills will be shown on the right side of the screen. You’ll have a set number of Deck points at your disposal, which will need to be used to equip skills. Each skill will cost a specific amount of Deck points, which is the game’s way of balancing things out. You can boost your total Deck points by collecting more of them as you play through the game.

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You can also collect items during each of your runs, which can be used by pressing the ZL button. Some examples of the items you’ll find include a handy teleporter that will move your character from one point to another in a blink; an ice cube that will make small ice cubes rotate around you, freezing any enemy that comes into contact with one of them; or a very useful camouflage that will make you invisible to enemies for a short period of time.


UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object is a fun arcade-style roguelike downscroller in which you’ll use your comically oversized drill to try and go deeper and deeper into the planet as you collect as many resources as possible to boost your equipment, buy skills to use during your current run and add new skills to equip before starting a subsequent run by making the most of the Deck points available to you. UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This UDO: Unidentified Drilling Object review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Short N Sweet Games.

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