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Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: Become symphonic in Narita Boy! A radical action-adventure as a legendary pixel hero trapped as a mere echo within the Digital Kingdom. Discover the mysteries behind the Techno-sword, lock swords with the corrupt and tainted Stallions. Save the world!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 4, 2021
    90
    I don’t think I’ve ever referred to something vague as “charming,” yet that’s exactly what Narita Boy is. There’s certainly an underlying emotional narrative, but progressing through the game itself is so “out there” that I couldn’t help but want to uncover more of the Digital Kingdom and the life of The Creator. The 80s aesthetic makes the experience that much better, allowing me to revel in my own sense of nostalgia while playing.
  2. Mar 29, 2021
    88
    Narita Boy is a spectacularly hand crafted experience that starts slowly to become a powerful and funny ride through a cathode-ray tube television from the 80s.
  3. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    The Digital Kingdom needs you and you will be pleased to enter the fantastic world of Narita Boy, one of the best indie games of the year.
  4. Apr 7, 2021
    80
    Fantasy, science fiction and electronic music mingle in this 80's neon drenched adventure. The visuals are striking, and the presentation is top notch. On the other hand, gameplay and exploration fall more on the serviceable side and that is a little disappointing because with more care put into them, Narita Boy could be a classic.
  5. Apr 21, 2021
    75
    Narita Boy is the perfect game for anyone craving the look and sound of the 80s. It tells a surprisingly deep and emotional story, but you must overcome some gameplay issues to experience the whole thing. I loved meeting the characters and listening to the music of The Digital Kingdom and can't wait to see what Studio Koba does next.
  6. Apr 8, 2021
    70
    Narita Boy is a game that takes such a strong influence from so many past works, it can often feel a bit derivative. However, that doesn’t stop the game from being enjoyable, as there’s plenty of unique challenges to overcome as well as some solid lore-building. It’s gorgeous visual design and soundtrack will be enough to entice anyone familiar with 80s pop culture, and could prove irresistible to those that have a fondness for the era.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Mar 25, 2021
    60
    If only there was substance to match the undeniable style. [Issue#357, p.123]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    A true retro treat! The soundtrack is also available on iTunes and is an absolute banger!
  2. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    This game is like a warm blanket of 80’s retro goodness that I have wrapped myself in since it was released. I don’t want it to end.
  3. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    A fun adventure filled with endearing stories, a great soundtrack, and gameplay that is hard, but never truly feels impossible. My hopes areA fun adventure filled with endearing stories, a great soundtrack, and gameplay that is hard, but never truly feels impossible. My hopes are high for a second game! Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2021
    9
    Narita Boy is a game I was following for quite a while ever since they debuted the first trailer. I like my indies, and when I saw this gameNarita Boy is a game I was following for quite a while ever since they debuted the first trailer. I like my indies, and when I saw this game was fully embracing the neon techno future of a world like Tron with all the retro trimmings of games like Another World, I was sold. And for the most part, it delivers! While the combat can become a bit stale later on, the world-building and general story are positively dripping with atmosphere and charm. The dialogue for each group is expressive while retaining a decisively retro straightforwardness in presentation, and the characters themselves lean fully into the Digital Kingdom Studio Koba has managed to create. If you like your indie games and 80s nostalgia, don't skip this game! Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2021
    8
    Become one with the Trichroma to save the digital world! What happens when you mix the 80's retro, a strong inspiration in Tron, actionBecome one with the Trichroma to save the digital world! What happens when you mix the 80's retro, a strong inspiration in Tron, action platformer with exploration (metroidvania) and awesome both Art style and Soundtrack? Just this, and it's awesome.

    It is not perfect since some people my find a big issue the lack of a map in this kind of games, even if the path is not as labyrinthine as it seems, so it's not really 'that' needed. It can also be a bit too short (around 10 hours) but they are all worth it.
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  6. Mar 31, 2021
    8
    The gameplay is serviceable; it doesn't excel at anything in particular. Combat is simple and doesn't draw me in even after completing theThe gameplay is serviceable; it doesn't excel at anything in particular. Combat is simple and doesn't draw me in even after completing the game. I've seen this being called a metroid-vania; this is incorrect, exploration is just unlocking a door or getting a key.
    That being said, it's powerfully stylized with a matching soundtrack. The story and writing add weight by being rich with surreal spiritualism and technobabble. The world is beautifully realized and it feels like the art's near-flawless. This is a treat for the eyes and ears, hands-down.
    This is more of an experience than a game. If you feel what this means, then I recommend this game.
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  7. Apr 20, 2021
    0
    I can't play with the default keys and there is no way to re-bind them to the keys I want.

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