[Nintendo Switch] Goliath Depot Review

by EdEN, Owner

Goliath Depot from Flynn’s Arcade and Vivad Games is a retro-style 2D arcade game on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Goliath Depot review!

Goliath Depot from Flynn’s Arcade and Vivad Games is a retro-style 2D arcade game on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be exploring 4 worlds of single-screen levels that have been inspired by old-school classics from back in the day as you try to close all doors while keeping enemies at bay. Why? Because the titular Goliath Depot has been cursed! The game has 40 levels in total of an increasing difficulty that will test your skills. As I opened doors, it reminded me at times of the classic arcade game Mappy, since closing a door sends out colorful soundwaves that will allow you to attack enemies after they’re stunned.

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How did things get to be this way? The game is set in a dystopian future in which a group known as the Goliath Corporation has managed to become the #1 store chain in the whole world. The weird thing is that no one can explain how they achieved this! You’ll be taking on the role of George or Georgette, who is in charge of the night shift at Goliath Depot. Everything was going as usual… until one night when weird blue doors started to pop up. You must close all doors before something bad happens! Once you close all doors in the level, make your way to the exit so that you can take on the next one.

You’ll start at the warehouse, make your way to the factory, and move on to the parking lot before you can reach the last location. The default difficulty setting is Normal, which offers a good challenge without feeling overwhelming. If you get a game over, you’ll be able to continue by spending 30 of the coins you’ve collected along the way. You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you jump with the B button. You can open and close doors by pressing the Y button and can enter doors by pressing the X button as needed. Closing a door will send out a shockwave that will change an enemy’s color, which is your cue to move closer to them so that you can kick them!

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The more you play, the more powers you’ll be able to unlock by spending your hard-earned coins. There’s Jump Down, which allows you to hold down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and press the B button to jump down through said platform – a power that the game itself acknowledges should have been a built-in gameplay mechanic. Another example is Turbo Speed, which allows you to run at a faster pace by pressing and holding down the X button. You’ll eventually be able to purchase other powers such as Gliding, Super Crouch, Double Jump, and Dash, but do know that their prices are considerably higher!

There’s an in-game achievement system for you to work on if you want to 100% this one. For each section of the game, you’ll be working on adding some medals to your collection by completing some bonus objectives. These include grabbing all coins on each set of levels, beating each world without losing a single life, beating a world without kicking any enemies, getting to a specific high score milestone, and beating each world within a set time limit. Are you up to the challenge?

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You can customize your experience by changing the language, switching up the screen shake from low, normal, and extreme, adding a CRT filter to give it that old-school look, changing the color saturation, switching rumble on or off, and even adding a speedrun timer. That last one is a great option for those of you who want to see how fast you can be when taking on all 40 levels that the game has to offer. Be sure to mix and match options to see which setup best suits you!

Goliath Depot is a retro-style 2D arcade game on Nintendo Switch. You’ll have to make your way through 40 levels of increasing difficulty as you try to remove the curse over the titular Goliath Depot. As you open and close doors and try to get rid of all enemies, you’ll get to experience a game that pays homage to the arcade classics of the 1980s. There are online leaderboards, so you can work on improving your runs so that you can get your name in there. And once you beat the game you’ll unlock 1985 Arcade Mode which asks that you complete all 4 worlds in one go, the Speedrun Practice Mode so that you can practice on each level individually as you shave down some seconds here and there, as well as the Randomize Mode, which will generate a seed of random levels with doors, enemies, coins, and other elements shuffeld around. Goliath Depot is out now on Nintendo Switch with a $6.99 price tag.

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This Goliath Depot review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flynn’s Arcade.

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