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Due to its style and a healthy dose of that "good old nostalgia" Venture Kid feels at times like it is perfect for the Switch. Made by fans for fans it's a game that will likely appeal to those who enjoy the retro action platforming genre. Unfortunately, tight controls and extra modes aside, you're mostly left feeling that this game is lacking that something truly special.
EXCELLENT - Venture Kid is a true retro gem for the Nintendo Switch. Fans of the NES Mega Man games and lovers of 8-bit chiptunes will find a ton to like here. Why aren’t you playing this yet?
If you are looking for a stroll down Mega Man-memory lane, Venture Kid offers a solid nostalgia trip down the side streets of the genre's general neighborhood. Platforming feels tuned to the best examples of the era. Taking heavy influence from classic NES titles, Venture Kid captures the 8-bit age with pitch perfection, even if it misses the mark in other places.
The intentions of Venture Kid are obvious – to pay tribute to the NES shooters of yore, Mega Man in particular. Via the level design and sound track, the game does this admirably. Unfortunately, at only 6 or so hours long, with bosses that are vanquished easily and with additional weapons divorced from the level design themselves, Venture Kid is a shade of the game it attempts to emulate, resigning it to an “also ran” in a genre that is seeing genuine innovation elsewhere.
The title of Snikkabo and FDG manages to revive, in a veiled way, a classic long ago given for lost and it does so in an honest and respectful way, looking for the fun of the player with a simple and direct game.
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I think in the end it comes down from how Venture Kid just focuses on providing a fun time to the player, rather than thinking of a billion ways to throw cheap hazards at them or worrying about copying the limitations of the NES and having the game suffer because of it.
If you're satisfied with a basic Mega Man style 2D retro throwback then you can definitely have some fun with Venture Kid.
Venture Kid is a solid enough tribute to Mega Man, but it could have used a bit more polish to really stand out. It's not a bad game, but rather an uninspired one.
All in all, Venture Kid is a retro platformer that plays fairly well, but lacks the excitement or inspiration of the Mega Man series it tried to model. With such a wide spectrum of games in this genre that push the limits of what an action-platformer is capable of, something so vanilla is going to get lost and overlooked. Unless this is the first such game you've ever played, you've likely seen everything offered here somewhere else.
For short, nostalgic blasts of fun Venture Kid succeeds in almost every respect. While there's fun to be had here, it's painfully clear that, just like playing the game itself, everything is just going through the motions.