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  • Summary: A traumatic event has shaken the balance of the world. Human life has been almost wiped out by the evil A.I. Lemonkus. Robots roam free across the earth. You take control of Tabby, a killer robot infused with the soul of an ancient warrior. A NINJA METROIDVANIA. Start out with nothing,A traumatic event has shaken the balance of the world. Human life has been almost wiped out by the evil A.I. Lemonkus. Robots roam free across the earth. You take control of Tabby, a killer robot infused with the soul of an ancient warrior. A NINJA METROIDVANIA. Start out with nothing, progress and increase in strength by killing enemy robots to unlock abilities, weapons and ninja tricks. Explore a world filled with secrets, hidden passages and mysterious characters. KUNAI is all about movement and agility. Use your ninja mobility to reach places where no normal robot could ever go. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Feb 20, 2020
    90
    Kunai does so much with so little. From the minimalist art style to the polished grappling mechanic, it’s hard not to recommend this entry to fans of the metroidvania genre, or anyone looking for a fresh offering on the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Feb 6, 2020
    81
    If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed adventure where you can pull off some sweet parkour moves all the while wielding Ninja weapons, I highly recommend checking out Kunai. The controls are incredibly easy to learn but not easy to master, making this a superb game for beginners in the genre to our hardcore speedrunning fans. Not to mention paired with a unique if, albeit simple story, interesting story design and wonderful art design, you really can’t go wrong with this title.
  3. Feb 27, 2020
    80
    From its charming visuals to its smooth action-packed gameplay, Kunai is a fittingly sharp and enjoyable experience.
  4. Feb 11, 2020
    75
    While Kunai might not stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Ori or Hollow Knight, there’s much to love, including fantastic controls, rewarding secrets, and zesty facial expressions. This little tablet has a lot of heart, and a lot of hats.
  5. Feb 7, 2020
    70
    The game may stumble on occasion from a lack of earlier detailing, with narrative and backdrop never feeling best-served to those looking for a bit more story. But the free-flowing confidence and care-free nature baked into Kunai above all still marks this down as a good (not great) starting point for Metroidvania fans going forth into the new decade.
  6. Feb 6, 2020
    70
    It's disappointing that there isn't more to dig into when it comes down to Kunai's set dressing, especially when it's paired with such a striking visual style and engrossing combat. Kunai's level design pushes you to keep adapting while affording you the space to finish off a group of enemies with a series of pinpoint grappling hook swings, precise double jumps, and intelligently integrated swings of your sword. Kunai loses some of its momentum far too frequently, but when it hits a balance between its engrossing combat and satisfying platforming, it's difficult to put down.
  7. Feb 11, 2020
    60
    A competent Metroidvania with some attractive visuals and fun gimmicks, but they can’t hide the fact that the game underneath is far less inspired than it first seems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Feb 12, 2020
    10
    This game is top tier goodness, interesting visuals,really fluid movement and combat with those dual kunais,and also the exploration isThis game is top tier goodness, interesting visuals,really fluid movement and combat with those dual kunais,and also the exploration is handled really well here, overall a good metroidvania,the only con I would say is that it's short,length is on par with another metroidvania timespinner and it's as good as that.superb work turtleblaze Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2021
    10
    Really fun! Similar to Metroid and Hollow Knight but maybe not as hard. Still a fun challenging game!
  3. Feb 19, 2020
    10
    Followed this game on twitter for a while so maybe I'm biased but the graphics/effects look gorgeous
  4. Feb 19, 2020
    10
    Fantastic Metroidvania with lovely 2d graphics, awesome combat and lots of places to explore.
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved the game, it has a solid and fun mechanic, creative boss fights, a really cool art style and world that feels like an awesome playground to have fun with the weapons and abilities given to you.

    And I love how the world is connected to each other and the map system is good enough for you not to get lost but still requires you to remember the layout a little bit, and to me that aspect was perfect.

    But I have a few reasons why I didn’t give it a ten:

    1- the game is “kinda” short, not too short, but I feel like it needed an extra stage at the end.

    1.5- in my opinion there should’ve been a final area after powering the mech before the final boss, an area that truly tests all of your abilities and what you’ve learned so far.

    2- I know this might sound whiny but I think using different soundtracks for each boss will make the fights even more memorable.

    These are not really issues with the game, but I think if these things were added the game would’ve been a perfect 10/10.

    And I hope Turtleblaze will go on to make more games, and to be honest they deserve more recognition.
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  6. Feb 10, 2020
    9
    Oh man this was a $15 gamble I'm very happy I made. One weird (non blocking) bug aside, this is just a little jewel of a platformer. The artOh man this was a $15 gamble I'm very happy I made. One weird (non blocking) bug aside, this is just a little jewel of a platformer. The art direction is spot on, mixes some humor in the story, and the core gameplay just feels super fun and tight. Starts out easy but no worries, if you like a challenge you'll get it later on. The sense of place is fantastic, music and environmental sound effects are really good. It's not the longest of games but it's certainly not short either, I'm over 10 hours in and not at the end. Expand
  7. Feb 22, 2021
    7
    Kunai es un buen juego de acción exploración con mecánicas de movimiento divertidas, originales y muy conseguidas. El problema es que Kunai esKunai es un buen juego de acción exploración con mecánicas de movimiento divertidas, originales y muy conseguidas. El problema es que Kunai es un metroidvania y no un juego de acción-aventura, y dentro de este genero falla en un punto clave, revisitar escenarios no es divertido en kunai: faltan interconexiones entre escenarios o algún medio de teletransporte, y realmente volver a recorrer escenarios antiguos con nuevas habilidades, cosa no necesaria pero que es gran parte del atractivo del genero, resulta más un tedio que otra cosa. Además, la visión global de los escenarios acaba estando muy desconectada, lo que lleva más a continuar esta imagen. Realmente creo que se equivocaron bien en el diseño de niveles (o del mundo más bien), bien en el genero del juego. A pesar de ello los controles son una gozada y es muy disfrutable para las poquitas horas de duración que ofrece. Eso sí, la dificultad del juego es bastante baja excepto algún pico absurdo de dificultad (aunque nada excesivamente desafiante) como por ejemplo el propio jefe final... en general bastante desbalanceado también en este aspecto.
    El estilo artístico también me tira bastante para atrás, pero eso es ya cuestión de gustos.
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