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  • Summary: A classically-styled 2D side scrolling action game packed with adventure.

    You are a bipedal frog and a master of the Custodial Sciences, charged with the unenviable task of ridding your company's teleporters of strange black creatures. Fight for your life through a menagerie of unique
    A classically-styled 2D side scrolling action game packed with adventure.

    You are a bipedal frog and a master of the Custodial Sciences, charged with the unenviable task of ridding your company's teleporters of strange black creatures.

    Fight for your life through a menagerie of unique monsters while getting your hands on exciting new tools of the trade.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 19, 2018
    80
    Kero Blaster is a retro platformer-shooter that has also managed to embrace contemporary mechanics. Resulting in a challenging but fair experience that provides just enough variation to be engaging during its appropriate length.
  2. Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Four years on, and Kero Blaster is just as engaging and rewarding as it was when Pixel first unleashed from within the Japanese indie scene. It doesn’t just look like the classics that made the genre such a pillar of gaming three decades ago, it confidently recreates the deep mechanical prowess of Contra and its ilk, with just a sprinkling of modern persistent systems to make it more palatable to newcomers and replayable far beyond those first few hours of froggy firefights.
  3. 80
    Kero Blaster is lighter fare, but the well-thought-out weapon balancing and fine-tuned platforming make it an amusing little journey. If you crave more gameplay and challenge, harder modes await, but even if you were to just play through the short initial story, Kero Blaster is still a game worth checking out.
  4. Aug 28, 2018
    75
    There’s not much else to say about Kero Blaster. It looks cute, it’s simple and easy to play, and it’s put together well. For people who want a brief distraction that doesn’t require much time or commitment, this fits the bill and feels right at home on the Switch. I won’t turn down filet medallions if they’re in front of me, but a good ham and cheese can make me just as happy.
  5. Sep 26, 2018
    75
    It does a wonderful job of capturing the feel of classic NES shooters while bringing them into the modern day with upgradeable weapons and health boosters. Throw in a handful of modes that encourage replay, a stellar cast, brilliant production values, and a killer soundtrack, and Kero Blaster is a modern classic. It could stand to be longer, but this is a game that will keep players hooked. Go give it a download!
  6. Oct 24, 2018
    70
    Kero Blaster proves that going back to a genre’s roots can be a refreshing experience. While marred by a sense of strict linearity and some barren background elements, it’s a treat for those that want a solid run-and-gun title.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Oct 11, 2021
    10
    game is addictive and the weapons are very balanced also zangyou mode is one of my favorite hard modes in a game
  2. Mar 17, 2019
    10
    A great game, the atmosphere of 8 bit is amazing, if you are a fan of atari games then you have to play it.
  3. Oct 13, 2018
    9
    This indy retro platformer-shooter is brutal and the mechanics solid & tight.
    Perfect way to bring such a 2D platformer genre back into the
    This indy retro platformer-shooter is brutal and the mechanics solid & tight.
    Perfect way to bring such a 2D platformer genre back into the scene I love it
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  4. Dec 26, 2021
    7
    Short but sweet retro platformer, I just wish there was more of this game to play. I definitely enjoyed my time with it - it's no shovel nightShort but sweet retro platformer, I just wish there was more of this game to play. I definitely enjoyed my time with it - it's no shovel night but it's one of the best retro platformers I've played in recent memory. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2020
    6
    Kero Blaster comes from a celebrated indie author, but it seems happy to be an unassuming little game. It's a run-and-gun platformer-shooterKero Blaster comes from a celebrated indie author, but it seems happy to be an unassuming little game. It's a run-and-gun platformer-shooter set in an absurdist world. The story and characters feel like a cross between a fever dream and a clever joke, and they ooze charming Japanese weirdness. The gameplay is tight and often challenging, with plenty of boss fights and satisfying weapon upgrades.

    The best side of Kero Blaster is how well it manages to feel like a classic 8-bit game, even if it plays much smoother than most of those games. The music was clearly inspired by chiptunes, only with a broader palette. The sprites are big and chunky, but more expressive and colorful than the games of yore. The gameplay is simple, but it has an intelligent structure that forces you to replay levels without ever going into the frustrating loop of a NES game. Everything is designed to look like a game from the late 80s–only one that actually stands up to the nostalgia.

    Kero Blaster doesn't last long, and it doesn't attempt anything revolutionary. For its short playtime, however, it provides some good, smartly designed fun.
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  6. May 23, 2020
    0
    Very simplistic game with clunky-feeling controls and lackluster bosses that cheese you more than test your skills.
  7. Sep 30, 2020
    0
    Kero Blaster is a 2d platformer that is charming and beautiful with control issues. The double jump has a very strange timing with respect toKero Blaster is a 2d platformer that is charming and beautiful with control issues. The double jump has a very strange timing with respect to how you tap the buttons, which becomes problematic during boss battles as tapping incorrectly while managing several assaults often ends in instant death. Moreover, you cannot shoot and turn. To turn and shoot, you must turn, then shoot. Again, not a big deal unless you are in a boss battle. Boss battles are inevitable so this becomes problematic within 30-40 minutes of the game. Would love an update to improve the double jump at the very least, adding height to the jump as well would easily makes this an 8.5/9 out of 10 instead of a 6, maybe 7. Expand

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