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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: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 29, 2021
    90
    Narita Boy is a feat of imagination, one of the most conceptually interesting games I’ve ever played. The retro world of the Digital Kingdom – its pixelart, design and art direction – are some of the most eye-catchingly beautiful ever committed to code. Its soundtrack is mesmerising, truly special synthwave. Narita Boy ends up more than the sum of its parts, going beyond the source code to deliver a game that should take its place alongside the greatest indies.
  2. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    If it isn't already clear, Narita Boy is a great indie adventure. It's got satisfyingly slick gameplay, and the visuals are a delight. But perhaps the true star of the show is the stellar electronic soundtrack. Whether it's twinkling ambient tunes or booming synth chords, the music is superb.
  3. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    A thoroughly entertaining and highly playable Metroidvania, that goes beyond being a simple retro homage and offers some memorable gameplay twists and storytelling surprises.
  4. 80
    Narita Boy feels like a completely unique experience and the first step for a new collection of games based around this digital aesthetic. The soundtrack here is flawless and the way everything plays into its setting and narrative is just as good. The gameplay might slog at times and not quite hit the mark, but Narita Boy is something you shouldn't miss.
  5. Jun 30, 2021
    80
    Despite any perceived difficulties experienced in Narita Boy, all can be forgiven if you enjoy a world that immerses itself completely in the tech of a bygone era. There’s something to be said about racing against the digital wind on a CRT-horse in a pixelated world that looks like the SNES Star Wars game but feels like that infamous Battletoads level. If you know that exact vibe I’m talking about, you gotta check out Narita Boy. After all, the fate of the Digital Kingdom rests in your hands.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 15, 2022
    80
    Narita Boy could be the peak of the genre, but it is constantly being pulled down by not-that-good controls and unnecessary backtracking. What it does right is boss fights and its whole digital-computer games based world.
  7. Mar 29, 2021
    60
    Narita Boy's extraordinary style and presentation is let down by hollow exploration and one-note combat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 2, 2021
    10
    Este indie español es puro lore ochentero, jugabilidad, BSO, puzzles, curva de dificultad. Lo recomiendo 100%
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    Jogo magnifico com uma jogabilidade e ambientação perfeitas.
    Um dos melhores jogos indies desse ano.
  3. Apr 1, 2021
    10
    Indie game for any fan of Tron and or the 90s and or programming. It's priced conveniently for the 10 hours of cool, surprising, balanced andIndie game for any fan of Tron and or the 90s and or programming. It's priced conveniently for the 10 hours of cool, surprising, balanced and fun gameplay it holds. The story is great. The OST is great. It's a perfect little indie game if that's what you're into. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2021
    10
    A must play for any "metroidvania" fans. Amazing game from start to finish.
  5. Apr 1, 2021
    9
    This game is si ply astonishing. A simple concept developed by a debuting studio. It seems to follow the steps of games like Blasphemous orThis game is si ply astonishing. A simple concept developed by a debuting studio. It seems to follow the steps of games like Blasphemous or Hollow Knight, and it works. This story is written in a way I did not expect, full of intriguing commentary and thought provoking Lore. Its biggest suprise for me was the flow the retro-funk OST had, full of twists and turns that a Sci-fi work needs to captivate the player. This game is simple in essence, but its visual and gameplay execution is near to flawless. I look forward to experiencing it's post v1.01 features as there asre some little tweaks that would make this a very well rounded game. I give this a 9/10 for its incredible aesthetic, it's amazing music, it's very fun and varied bossfights and a surprisingly well rounded execution for a Kickstarter Debut game. An instant classic for me! Expand
  6. May 23, 2021
    8
    Good retro adventure game with interesting story. Combat progresses as you progress. Overall a fun experience and would reccomend to others
  7. Apr 1, 2021
    1
    GAME BREAKING BUG: I really wish I could say this Game is outstanding. To be fair, at the beginning I really thought it would be what I wasGAME BREAKING BUG: I really wish I could say this Game is outstanding. To be fair, at the beginning I really thought it would be what I was waiting for. Its a really nice Hommage to the 80s... At least for what I have Seen But after 2 hours of Gameplay I got stuck in the Hall of Memorys... No Chance to escape ... Had a couple of Blue Screens too. Only Option: Start over again not knowing what will be the next gambreaker...so sad!!! Thats it for me... Not worth my time!!
    UPDATE: The programmers are about to Patch the Bug. So wait definately till the patch is out.
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