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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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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: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. 90
    Kunai is the next great Metroidvania on Switch. It could easily stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Ori and the Blind Forest and The Messenger, especially in how effortless moving around and traversing the world is. This is as close to a must-play as I can recommend. You're a tablet who plays like Spider-Man, and everything looks beautiful. Kunai is excellent.
  3. Feb 18, 2020
    80
    Kunai comes together as one of the premium Metroidvania offerings on the Nintendo Switch. Some flawed design here and there and light story aspects aren’t enough to detract from the excellent gameplay offerings, top-notch pixel graphics, and clean aesthetic.
  4. Feb 6, 2020
    70
    Kunai is a classic yet breathless metroidvania game, which capitalize on its strong action and fun narration. The sympathic Tabby and its variety of expressions is a bless to see, but the art direction suffers from its unflattering minimalism, and endless boss patterns that grows on frustration.
  5. Feb 7, 2020
    70
    Thanks to some great controls and a diverse and satisfying set of weapons and tools, Kunai overcomes its weaknesses in level design to become a solid, fun platformer.
  6. Feb 6, 2020
    70
    Indie games in the Metroidvania genre are pretty common, but Kunai manages to stands out with exceptionally fluid combat, a wonderful Game Boy Color aesthetic, and swinging around on your kunai. The swinging mechanic is the star of the show here, even if the design of your limited arsenal shows some clear thought went into making every weapon meaningful. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure out where you're supposed to go at times, backtracking in Kunai is a bit of a pain, and the level design doesn't offer as many branching paths as its competition. But it's worth playing through the game's short runtime and this is a great foundation for a sequel.
  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: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. Feb 10, 2020
    10
    One of the most fun platformers I have played in a very long time. Tabby is great, and I love his mode when you duck, the smile is justOne of the most fun platformers I have played in a very long time. Tabby is great, and I love his mode when you duck, the smile is just amazing. The different boss themes are great. No, I won't spoil!

    Also, on the switch this game is even better than on the PC. It just clicks on the console.
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  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. 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
  6. Feb 10, 2020
    9
    If you love Metroidvania like games, this is the game for you. The game designers managed to make you feel like a spider-man with a katana,If you love Metroidvania like games, this is the game for you. The game designers managed to make you feel like a spider-man with a katana, which is awesome! Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2020
    8
    As someone who loves platformers and metroidvanias, this was right up my alley. I loved this from the beginning to the end. A fun swingingAs someone who loves platformers and metroidvanias, this was right up my alley. I loved this from the beginning to the end. A fun swinging mechanic, strong visuals, a lot of collectables and many upgrades, just what I need. However, despite the countless things I love about this game, there are some things that make this, unfortunately, not worth a 9 or 10 rating. Some small cons are: Not the longest game, not really that hard (besides the final boss), one small but sometimes noticeable bug and under-utilized aspects (for example one of the key weapons in the game I literally only got less than a hour before the final boss, although that may be my fault since I unintentionally found a secret-ish game mechanic which let me bypass some areas without the intended weapon ;3). All and all I loved it, definitely worth it if you like platformers (and probably one of my all-time favourite indie games), but short if you're more experienced with 20-60 hour titles.

    EDIT: I completely forgot about one thing! In short: Great music and great tracks.
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