Played 25 minutes of NARITA BOY which was enough to remind me why, even though you think they're designed for people like me, I don't play games like NARITA BOY
From the garbage-truck level of dumping of backstory on your head, followed by slippery platforming, requirement to find zelda-level enemies without zelda-level avoidance, and a sense that THIS is a platform or door NO WAIT JUST DECORATION wait THIS is a platform endlessly.
It's 2021. You can't just pixel-art your way out of this. Make a patreon and send me screensavers. nice big complicated ones.

Like being stuck inside a child's funhouse made of construction paper where you know the child will cry if you rip a single tiny thing. 4/10 (100% for art effort)

-- Jason Scott, meanest game reviewer

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