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Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

54

Top Critic Average

14%

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General Information

Available on:PCNov 6, 2019
Nintendo SwitchNov 7, 2019
PlayStation 4Nov 8, 2019

Publisher: Arc System Works

Genres: Arcade, Action

A short while after the events of 'Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari'... Reiho High School, where the battle took place, has these Big Four, who are feared by all the others schools around. And at the top of the Big Four, reigns only one man: Masao Kobayashi. Here's one of his stories. Back in middle school, a mysterious event led him to meet a boy named Mizoguchi, who was actually a Time Regulator, going after an evil organization that has disrupted the time-space equilibrium. After finding out that Kobayashi has a hint of mysterious power in him, Mizoguchi has them set out together to take this evil organization down. So, when Kobayashi's friend gets abducted by the evil organization, He puts on a calm face while burning with rage inside. He has got to go rescue his friend and bring an end to this evil organization. ■Funny and nostalgic pixel art! When hearing 'Kunio-kun', pixel art characters is the first thing that comes to mind. Nice, cute and nostalgic pixel art.

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Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story is an interesting entry in a genre that is experiencing a revival of sorts on the Switch thanks to the ever-increasing number of re-releases and brand new experiences.

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Sadly lacking all the options seen in previous entries, Stay Cool Kobayashi-san! may entertain longtime Kunio-kun fans but others will find it bare bones and forgettable.

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While some will no doubt find enjoyment in beating up goons in Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!, most will find it overly repetitive and a tad too obscure. With its basic combat, small pool of enemies and often unfair bosses, there’s little here to pull Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san! out of mediocrity.

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Stay Cool, Kobayashi-san!: A River City Ransom Story is a mundane beat 'em up that's held aloft by a couple clever ideas. The combat is fun at first, but the doldrums set in long before completing the first of potentially many play-throughs. Some fights, particularly the finale, definitely could've used a few tweaks. Still, figuring out the fastest route to the end is really cool. It gives the adventure a tinge of replay-value. However, unless you "have" to play every game in the River City Ransom canon, then this won't catch your interest.

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