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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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 5, 2021
    88
    I had a blast with Narita Boy. It’s not perfect, but what is? Indeed, it started slowly, though, it doesn’t take long before you’re capable of exhilarating feats. And the ending is brilliant, paving the way for a sequel that will seemingly be an entirely different genre. Whatever that may be, I’ll be there, at the front of the line. It’s up to you to save the world. So get to it.
  2. Apr 6, 2021
    80
    Narita Boy has style and substance in equal measure, and is a massively impressive first game from Studio Koba.
  3. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    Without being perfect, Narita Boy offers a pleasant neo-retro ride. Visually sublime, it manages to push the codes inherited from the 80s further than a few games before it.
  4. Apr 25, 2021
    80
    Narita Boy is a tribute to the 80s and to all lovers of retro games. It is a title with a good story, with interesting dialogues, and a visual section that will make the most veteran players fall in love. Although its control is not too precise, it is a recommendable proposal.
  5. Apr 6, 2021
    75
    Narita Boy takes you on an interesting adventure through the Digital Kingdom. The process may get repetitive with time but the overall experience was amusing nonetheless.
  6. Apr 9, 2021
    70
    Narita Boy is a neon-infused 80s fever dream, casting you as the hero of a microscopic digital system. The aesthetic and audio presentation nails this vibe. Just don’t expect engaging combat or a coherent story.
  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: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 6, 2021
    10
    Take the best elements of classic cinematic platformers (like "Another World" or "Flashback"), mix it up with fantasy/sci-fi movies from theTake the best elements of classic cinematic platformers (like "Another World" or "Flashback"), mix it up with fantasy/sci-fi movies from the 80s and spice it up with a bit of Japanese culture - that's what "Narita Boy" is like. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    A true retro treat! The soundtrack is also available on iTunes and is an absolute banger!
  3. Apr 3, 2021
    10
    Loved the style, the music, the characters and enemies design... all wrapped up with a charming story told step by step that engages theLoved the style, the music, the characters and enemies design... all wrapped up with a charming story told step by step that engages the player to keep playing until the very end. Also, provides a decent challenge with its combat system for those looking for some action!

    I don't have bad words for this game, definetely my GOTY.
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  4. Apr 1, 2021
    9
    An incredible adventure game, it is not perfect but it is very special and unforgettable.
  5. Apr 6, 2021
    9
    I've only been playing this game for one day now, but wow. Been waiting for this for a couple years now, and the trailers sold me on theI've only been playing this game for one day now, but wow. Been waiting for this for a couple years now, and the trailers sold me on the amazing character animations, unique designs, and techno 80s throwback aesthetic. I read some negative reviews recently so I was fully prepared to not enjoy the game but it is so enjoyable and it's kept me smiling the entire time. There have been a few moments so far (no spoilers, but they involve transformations) where the game completely surprised me with awesomeness. The visuals in this game alone are worth the price of admission, the dialogue is lore-heavy yet clever and funny, and the music... holy crap, the Synth Bard's theme is incredible, as is the western theme in the desert. I could go on, the only drawbacks so far are the lack of a map and some ambiguity in where to go at certain points, but I see those as just part of the puzzle solving, and it hasn't gotten to the point of frustration. I would also like to be able to backtrack and replay certain moments, which doesn't seem possible so far. That being said if you're looking for a game that's a work of art, this is absolute eye candy and an enjoyable ride through a retro-futuristic fantasy world.

    Update: I finished the game yesterday, and would still give this a solid 9/10. I'm baffled by all of the negative reviews. This runs really smooth on the Switch (I know other versions had some bugs that made certain levels impossible, but I only experienced one minor glitch in my Switch playthrough which made a boss easier, so I didn't mind). If you're on the fence about this and dig the aesthetics, absolutely give it a shot! It's super fun, and I only wish there were more levels.
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  6. Apr 2, 2021
    9
    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.

    Also, digital world needs a physical version to be properly saved :P
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  7. Aug 24, 2021
    7
    I’m about an hour and a half into the game, so I’ll probably edit this once I finish it. I’m not a huge fan of game plots being too complex,I’m about an hour and a half into the game, so I’ll probably edit this once I finish it. I’m not a huge fan of game plots being too complex, but understanding what’s going on does matter and I find the whole story of Narito Boy incredibly hard to understand. There are too many branches in the plot all bunched together it almost gives me a headache just reading through its dialogue. Where the game excels for me is in its visuals. I absolutely love this style of pixel animation plus the obvious 80’s retro environment. The combat is simple with basic hack n slash moves so don’t expect anything amazing from it. I’m enjoying it so far but we’ll see how it goes. Expand

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