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7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
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  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 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.
  2. Apr 10, 2020
    7
    Are you tired of being the good guy who always saves the princess? Do you want to access the power of evil? Look no further! Nefarious is a fun little indie game where you play as the not-so-bad bad guy. With its supprisingly interesting story and its witty humor, this game is quite an enjoyable experience. The game takes inspiration from many platformers, notably Mega Man, and makes aAre you tired of being the good guy who always saves the princess? Do you want to access the power of evil? Look no further! Nefarious is a fun little indie game where you play as the not-so-bad bad guy. With its supprisingly interesting story and its witty humor, this game is quite an enjoyable experience. The game takes inspiration from many platformers, notably Mega Man, and makes a very fun game. Although this game is a little short, I would reccomend it to people who are into more casual platformers and have a couple of hours to kill. 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 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(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
  4. 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 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 beingAn 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
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.