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  • Summary: Tired of playing the hero? Nefarious is a 2D action platformer where you get to be the villain! Step into the wily shoes of Crow, an evil genius on an epic quest to steal princesses for his royalty-powered, world-conquering death ray.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    90
    Nefarious is a fantastically wacky 2D platformer that is innovative and refreshing with its diverse gameplay and world.
  2. 80
    It has wit, fun visuals, a good soundtrack, and a lot of personality. The story isn’t super deep, but it’s not trying to be. This is a fun take on a villain doing what old-school villains have always done, and the thought process around that. If you’re into simpler platformers that don’t eat up a lot of time, and want some charming characters, Nefarious might just be for you.
  3. Nov 29, 2018
    60
    By putting the player in the place of the villain, many of gaming's usual conventions are seen in a different light. Unfortunately the game's level design is so linear and unadventurous that it ends up harming the experience more than it should, and its exaggeratedly difficult jumping doesn't let this promising work rise above a mid-level threshold.
  4. Nov 8, 2018
    50
    There’s not much within the game that is poorly done, or even downright bad, but the problem is Nefarious tries to do too much, and in that attempt, ends up doing none of it exceptionally well.
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    30
    Other than the amusing boss battles, Nefarious is barely competent. Controlling bosses from various genres is a novel spin on the concept of the boss battle and if this was just a series of battles, like Cuphead, there could have been something worth playing here. Everything else, which is about 90% of the game, is just soul-crushing. It is the kind of title that feels like work, and continuing is just exhausting because of how poor the playbility is.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    9
    This is a great indie title! The music fun and memorable, the cartoon graphics are charming, the game play was great and even challenging inThis is a great indie title! The music fun and memorable, the cartoon graphics are charming, the game play was great and even challenging in some parts and the characters were just great and I actually cared for them. However the game did crash once or twice but it hasn't happened since. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2019
    8
    An homage to platformers, but with the twist of playing from the bad guy's perspective, Nefarious gleefully brings an easily accessible yetAn homage to platformers, but with the twist of playing from the bad guy's perspective, Nefarious gleefully brings an easily accessible yet challenging game. The music, art direction, game play, and level design all tip their hat to the past, with notable nods to Megaman, Sonic, among others. My kids wandered in as I was playing and immediately were drawn to it, despite normally being disinterested in retro/platformer games, and began to binge on it. Is it perfect? No, some of the level design coasts a bit (notably in the spiked balls of death level), and there is a JRPG themed boss battle that was good for a laugh but challenged none of us. Even so, the humor is buoyant and plentiful, and the character interactions and dialog serve not only as periodic rewards, but as the real motivation to move on and play the next level to see what happens next. Lastly, the mechanic of playing as the villain, driving the giant death machines, absconding with princesses, and thwarting the heroes... it is every bit as satisfying as it should be. As an inexpensive title it can be forgiven for not being terribly long, and it does make up for it's brevity by successfully leaving the audience wanting for more. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2019
    6
    (Full disclosure: I backed this game on Kickstarter.) Nefarious is a fairly competent decent little platformer in the vein of Mega Man, and it(Full disclosure: I backed this game on Kickstarter.) Nefarious is a fairly competent decent little platformer in the vein of Mega Man, and it has some interesting ideas. The soundtrack is pretty solid, and the character art is good enough. The "reverse boss fights" are generally good, and it's a concept I'd like to see explored further. Level design is what gets Nefarious in trouble. The first two-thirds of the game are pretty straightforward, with basic and uninspired stages. Toward the endgame, I encountered a sudden and steep difficulty spike, accentuated by some very poor platforming areas, enemy placement, and slippery controls. It's hard to recommend Nefarious when there are so many superior games out there in the same genre. Expand

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