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Cannon Dancer Osman

United Games Entertainment, ININ Games
Apr 13, 2023 - Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4

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Push Square
8 / 10
7 / 10
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5
Niche Gamer
7 / 10
8 / 10
7 / 10
PSX Brasil
75 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Cannon Dancer Osman

Cannon Dancer is an obscure underground cult classic that's finally going to find the audience it's always deserved. That we live in an era where games like this can be made easily accessible is worth celebrating, but even taken on its own merits, this spiritual successor to Strider is a breathless, brilliant affair. A sharp difficulty spike, common in the arcade releases of the era, feels unfair – but it won't prevent you from falling in love with all of the high-stakes action that precedes it.

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Cannon Dancer-Osman surprised me with how much fun I had, and I know it’s because I loved Strider so much. This game basically feels like Strider 2; but due to the creator leaving Capcom it obviously couldn’t be called that. It’s not the longest game and while its nice they included the cheats and things $29.99 is way too much for a game that last less than an hour. I loved this game but at that price I would honestly wait for a sale for this one if you are interested.

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Cannon Dancer is an undeniably polished product and has Yotsui's action-cinema aspirations stamped all over it. Speed, dynamism, and full-bodied combat snap will keep bringing you back for more. While visually inspired and boldly artistic, it's a concise affair, as was Strider, buoyed by a refined control scheme and consistently interesting stage developments. While the finale is no Third Moon, and could have been improved with a few adjustments, it still qualifies as the Strider sequel you always wanted but never knew.

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Cannon Dancer: Osman isn't a perfect port due to some clunkiness, but it's the definitive way to experience a long-forgotten classic that can finally get its just due.

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Cannon Dancer – Osman is from the arcade game age. A time when games weren’t designed to be fair but came with glitzy and alluring visuals to get the attention of a passerby. It is honest about what you get; a flashy action platformer with a ton of personality and lurid visuals with an unclear meaning. The game is as brilliant and bright as a slot machine and is just as fair.

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Whether you’re a fan of Strider or a keen retro gamer who’s happiest when jumping into an obscure and hard-to-find title, Cannon Dancer – Osman is definitely worthy of your time and money. Thanks to its electrifying action and strong visual design, it’s a blast from the past that’s genuinely entertaining from beginning to end.

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Cannon Dancer: Osman is a game that can be completed in a short amount of time. It is action-packed, with tons of martial arts attacks and enemies to take on. The story doesn't make much sense, so if a good story is important to you, you won't find that here.

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Forgotten at the bottom of the chest, Cannon Dancer Osman is a historical piece rescued for new platforms for the first time. The visuals will please pixel art connoisseurs and the intense gameplay is as simple and fun as an arcade title should be. The many quality-of-life improvement options are welcome and even allow you to set up slightly different ways of playing, but this help can end up making enjoyment even shorter than it actually is. In the end, it is a game suitable for the nostalgic, the curious and those who propose to play repeatedly a very brief campaign, improving their technique with each quick attempt to reach the end.

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