- Developer: High Tea Frog
- Publisher: Coatsink
- Release Date: 19/11/2020
- Price: £17.99 / $19.99
- Review code provided by Coatsink
Introducing: Cake Bash Switch Review
I’ve never been one for party games, mainly because I lacked the party to play with, but just 10 minutes with the demo for this sweet chaos had me itching for more. With an assortment of modes available in the full game, and both local and online multiplayer, there are a lot of bases to cover. Was Cake Bash a tasty treat, or did it leave a sour taste in my mouth?
The Tastiest Treat
The majority of Cake Bash has no story, being just a light-hearted and relatively pointless party game. However the aim of Get Tasty, the main mode of the game, is to become the tastiest treat in the bakery that day. Whether that’s the one with the most jellies on top or chocolates, a number of opportunities arise to decorate yourself to the nines before the customer shows up.
There’s a lot of variety in Cake Bash. 5 bash modes, plus 8 mini-games, means you won’t get bored doing the same thing all the time! Bash modes put you in a competitive arena with the other players, where you must try to fulfil a task while also sabotaging your competitors and avoiding their attempts to do the same! My personal favourite bash mode has to be Sweet Victory, purely for the sheer chaos that ensues as you knock sweets off of each other and run away with them. While bash modes are fun, I found a more simple enjoyment in the mini-games. Whether it’s toasting marshmallows, spreading s’mores, or dodging cantankerous cutlery, each minigame only lasts a short time and they’re surprisingly peaceful compared to the aggression in the arenas.
Get Tasty strings together a series of randomly chosen bash modes and minigames to create a tournament of sorts. At the end of each round, which consists of one minigame and one bash game, you get to enter the delightful Topping Shopping where you can spend the coins you earned on some toppings. The selection is based on the requirements of the customer, with each type offering a different number of points towards your final score, so you really have to try for the tastiest toppings! I did find online multiplayer difficult, in terms of joining a party and maintaining a connection, however, the internet connection in my home is unreliable so I suspect that to be the culprit.
Cute as a Cookie
Cake Bash is adorable. There’s no other word for it. Every stage is beautifully designed to be bright and fun, with a sweet-tooth-triggering colour palette. The cake designs themselves are well-thought-out and cute, with a certain hand-drawn charm to their expressive faces. The variety of different designs, for both stages and cakes, is lovely to see, as each and every one feels unique.
The sound design is annoyingly good. Cake Bash has one of those soundtracks that you can’t help bopping about to and tends to stick in your head for quite a while after playing. A whole host of sound effects rounds the game out nicely, with each splat of an egg or tinkle of a stunned cake giving you a good idea what’s going on among the insanity of the battles.
Cake Bash performed butter-smooth in both handheld and docked mode, as long as I was playing locally. Playing online resulted in occasional graphical lag or disconnection but (as mentioned earlier) I suspect it would be fine when played on a stable internet connection.
Hard as Rock Cake?
It’s hard to pin down the difficulty of Cake Bash. Every match is different – sometimes I absolutely destroyed the AI bots, whereas others they kept me stunned for the majority of a fight. The minigames become easier as you gain more experience, and the same applies to bash stages to an extent, but there’s a large amount of luck involved too. I refuse to comment on the difficulty of online matches, mainly because they made me realise that there are so many better gamers than me out there!
A Sweet Experience
Cake Bash is exactly what it says on the tin – a fun little party game that you can easily pick up for half an hour or so, or spend hours upon hours battling for the coveted Get Tasty win. From manic bash stages to the oddly peaceful minigames, everything about it contributes to the blend of enjoyment and stress relief that had me going back for more, especially after an annoying day at work! I’ll even confess to occasionally picking it up after work phone calls – a quick bash turned out to be a brilliant way to reset my brain ready for moving onto another task! While it may be a little expensive if you have no-one to play with, or an unstable internet connection, I can’t recommend Cake Bash enough if you’ve got a party on the way.
- Adorable designs
- Simple but addictive gameplay
- Stress-relief at its sweetest
- No real story content
- A little overpriced if you’ve got no-one to play with