West of Loathing moseys onto Nintendo Switch


If you’re a Switch owner with a fondness for six-shooters, slapstick or stick figures, you’re in luck: Asymmetric’s hit West of Loathing will be arriving on the console on May 31st. Described as “a single-player slapstick comedy adventure role-playing game,” it’s Wild West wackiness with lovingly hand-drawn black and white visuals and our review of the Steam version can attest to its hilarity.

While the plot kicks off with leaving home to find your fame and fortune, it quickly gives way to hijinks and weirdness. Take the three playable classes, for instance—you’ve got the smooth-talking Snake Oiler, the mystic Beanslinger, and the rough-and-tumble Cow Puncher. Never before have stick figures held such awesome, silly power.

West of Loathing town

Every self-respecting town needs a Sherf

The rest of West of Loathing promises to be equally wild, with dozens of memorable (and rowdy) NPCs, nearly one hundred unique locations, and over fifty exquisitely-drawn hats to equip at your discretion. Plus, there are sentient skeletons, gritty(ish) saloons, demonic cows and a drunken horse. I think every future game should be contractually obligated to have at least one drunk animal in it, but that might just be me.

West of Loathing scenery

Cow hats should also be a staple of RPGs

While the game first released in August of last year for Steam, there’s a bit more to it. West of Loathing is a pseudo-spinoff from Asymmetric’s hit browser MMORPG Kingdom of Loathing, sharing the same general universe, sense of humor, and breathtaking art style. In short, if you’re a fan of not-so-serious RPGs, you’ll feel right at home. It’s kind of like the meeting point between Fallout: New Vegas, Paper Mario, and The Three Stooges, and yes, I realize how wild that sounds.

West of Loathing battle

Now featuring the color red!

Since launching in August, West of Loathing has garnered acclaim like PC Gamer’s “Best Comedy Game,” was called “one of 2017’s best games” by Rolling Stone, and was a finalist at IGF. For all the details you can mosey on over to the game’s official website and Nintendo’s own page. And hey, be sure to check for any snakes in your boot.