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  • Summary: Nightmare Boy is a metroidvania style, action/adventure 2D game. It takes place in a diverse world, full of enemies from your worst Nightmares! In your quest to save the Noctum from a self-proclaimed ruler, you'll meet weird and unique friends and foes. But tread carefully when talking orNightmare Boy is a metroidvania style, action/adventure 2D game. It takes place in a diverse world, full of enemies from your worst Nightmares! In your quest to save the Noctum from a self-proclaimed ruler, you'll meet weird and unique friends and foes. But tread carefully when talking or interacting with NPCs: Quirky characters and their reactions can have game-changing consequences. Fast reflexes and a taste for exploration are key if you intend to collect rare items, vanquish enemies, and eventually face your deepest fears.

    This story takes place in Donorok, in the state of Noctum. After the King of Noctum, Aster, disappears, chaos rules over the world. The relationships between Monsters, Mongos and Dreamers are completely unstable, and Donorok - the land so heavily affected by the chaos - slowly absorbs terrain from the surrounding regions. Balder has taken over and has ordered the monsters to retain any child who falls into the Nightmare. The key to continuing his rule is with the Nightmare Boy, Billy.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    80
    Nightmare Boy pays homage to classic 16 bit platform games. It´s colorful, well animated and fun to play, although you can finish the game in less than four hours.
  2. Feb 5, 2018
    65
    Nightmare Boy is halfway between both, excellent in some aspects and frustrating in others. Nevertheless, it is a challenging metroidvania game with a memorable design that demonstrates the good state of Spanish video game development.
  3. 60
    In the end Nightmare Boy offers up something thoroughly different from a visual standpoint and can be quite challenging, just not always for the right reasons. If you give it some time it does pick up momentum and you can get into a groove but when you hit the spots where you’re not sure where you’re going, things understandably drag quite a bit. Probably only recommended for the most die-hard Metroidvania fans who have blown through what’s already available on the system, show patience with Nightmare Boy and some fun can be had with it.
  4. Jan 15, 2018
    50
    Nightmare Boy throws a whole heap of platform-adventure ideas at the wall, but only a few of them manage to stick. It's a Metroidvania with a distinctive style all of its own, but there are some glaring issues with its narrative, controls, pacing and performance. If you're after something completely different in the platformer category and have a high frustration threshold, however, there's a certain amount of quirky fun to be had here.
  5. Apr 16, 2018
    50
    Nightmare Boy, while stylistically interesting and unique, amounts to little more than a frustrating take on the Metroidvania genre in the long run. Its inconsistent difficulty curve means it's too hard to be entry level at times, while also being too easy to be anything else. Along with the inability to play with a Pro Controller while the Switch is docked, Nightmare Boy comes out as a messy Metroidvania at best.
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  1. Jan 31, 2018
    8
    Completed this game this past weekend (about 8 hours / 93% / missed 2 aster fragments / normal difficulty). This is a good platformer withCompleted this game this past weekend (about 8 hours / 93% / missed 2 aster fragments / normal difficulty). This is a good platformer with engaging enemies and bosses which are hard in general. The atmosphere, music and graphics are great for the theme (nightmare). The story is kind of crazy, but very cool at the same time. You can save 9 kids while running through the game, but you do not need to find them all. There are different spells you can use throughout the game which are useless for the most part, but some of them are interesting! The controls are tight, but feel a little bit ''floaty''. The only thing I hate is the fact there is no transportation/teleportation/warping system like a lot of other games. Nightmare Boy deserves a 8 out of 10 in my book and I would recommend anybody to pick it up especially for the cheap price ($10 canadian + tax) Expand