Review: Narita Boy – SENSES

Super nice, cool and humorous game – but it is unnecessarily difficult to find the right thing in the world (without a map).

A real favorite game for me (through all time) is Another World, which was released exactly 30 years ago. Narita Boy somewhat reminiscent of it. But on closer inspection, it is probably even more similar Disneythe film classic Throne. Fight your way through the programs and unlock the secrets hidden in the code.

Press image: Team 17 - Narita Boy - Copyright 2021 -Scary landscape.
Press photo: Team 17

To help you, you have one Techno Sword which also works as a shotgun – and it will be needed, as hordes of zombie programs threaten you. Narita Boy is a classic platform slip and with its beautiful retro graphics and absolutely huge soundtrack, it will really be a really fun nostalgia trip. It’s not just about chopping through enemies, climbing and jumping, you also have to find info and some keys to move on.

Press image: Team 17 - Narita Boy - Copyright 2021 -Boss fight.
Press photo: Team 17

The problem with Narita Boy is that there is no map and I got stuck quite early. Before I found the right path again, I had run back and forth over the same area, over and over again until I finally found what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it became quite annoying and thus the rating drops a notch. It’s okay that games can be difficult, but when I get stuck so early and do not see a logical way out, it becomes more irritation than relaxation.

Press image: Team 17 - Narita Boy - Copyright 2021 -Using Techno Sword.
Press photo: Team 17

The controls are smooth and easy to handle and you get into the game quickly. It’s smart how the developers solved how to go from chopping to shooting with the sword. The story is crazy and interesting and the handmade animation is the icing on the cake. Narita Boy also works to enjoy on the next-gen consoles.

In summary, that is Narita Boy a really fun, but at times quite frustratingly difficult retro-lyre that with its flaws is still worth a recommendation. For whatever it is, this is truly a nostalgia trip on a grand scale!