Percentile Rank

Black Future '88 is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

58%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Doublejump
Recommended
Doublejump
John Reeves
Recommended
Dec 2, 2019

By focusing the game around risky play and speedrunning, SUPERSCARYSNAKES has made Black Future ’88 one of the most exciting and best-designed roguelikes to release in a long time.

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Scored Reviews

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

Even with no shortage of challenging side-scrollers to get into these days, Black Future '88 is more than worthy of your time and does more than enough to stand out in an increasingly populated crowd

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 21, 2019

I loved my time with Black Future ’88. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s memorable. In a genre that I have felt has been stagnating a bit over the past year or so, SUPERSCARYSNAKES is here to slap us back into reality.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

The novelty of the 80's throwback aesthetics makes Black Future '88 worthy of a purchase, if not also for the fact that it is the best shooter I have played in 2019.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 21, 2019

Black Future '88 is an intriguing, challenging but also supremely fun and rewarding game. It may be an audio-visual feast, but the tight gameplay, high degree of replayability and the sterling effort that has gone into overcoming many of the criticisms levelled at the genre mean it's not just a pretty face. If you're looking for a dose of intense cyberpunk action on your Switch, you can't go wrong with this one.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 21, 2019

Black Future '88 is a thrilling roguelike that eventually feels like you are in a side-scrolling bullet hell shooter the higher you climb. Once you reach the top, you'll begin once again, just with a harder difficulty.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 21, 2019

Black Future '88 is almost a quintessential throwback to '80s arcade games, with rock-solid gameplay taken straight from the era and mixed in with several interesting and unique gameplay twists.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2020

The main hook in Black Future '88 is enough to recommend it to roguelike fans who want something a little different from the norm. There's a nice balance between trying to be thorough about collecting everything and rushing to make the most of your time, which is good enough to push most players out of their comfort zone. Those wanting something quick and different in the genre will find some joy in this title.

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Video Chums
Nov 23, 2019

Even though there are loads of similar games out there, Black Future '88 manages to be wholly worthwhile and exceptionally fun.

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oprainfall
Feb 7, 2020

Black Future ’88 surprised me quite a bit. It’s a very rewarding and addicting game, and you’ll catch yourself saying “just one more run” every time you die. Its short length and fast pace makes it very conducive to replaying, and unlike some rogue-likes, it’s fun to play pretty much immediately. Even in a genre where a game like Dead Cells stands tall, this can certainly stand on its own merits. If you like rogue-likes and platforming action games even a little bit, this is an easy recommendation. It’s $20 on Steam and the Nintendo Switch eShop, and even though a successful run lasts 18 minutes or less, you can easily sink 10+ hours into it.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
IGN Italy

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2019

Black Future '88 is a good roguelike game that lacks in a compelling story, but shines thanks to a great cyberpunk atmosphere and an awesome chiptune soundtrack.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Nov 21, 2019

Black Future '88 is a fast-paced, thrilling roguelike, but it offers little to shake up the genre's inherent repetition. Its often underwhelming gear and lack of variety in levels makes for dull runs too often, even though its gunplay consistently satisfies. You'll find lots of hidden depth in its upgrade system if you stick with Black Future '88 despite its uninspired structure, which is made easier by its great art style and stellar soundtrack.

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Nintendo Times
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

GOOD - Stunning visuals and a rapid-fire gaming experience give Black Future ’88 a distinct edge in the roguelike genre.

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Gamersky
7.2 / 10.0
Gamersky
金闪闪老里

Top Critic

7.2 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Black Future '88 is a challenging platformer that features a huge amount of various weapons, characters, and skills. But the gameplay is too repetitive and it makes me feel tedious very soon.

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GameSkinny
Dec 3, 2019

With delightful visuals, pulsing music, and snappy gameplay, Black Future '88 is a solid roguelike that won't revolutionize the genre.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

With the eShop seemingly overrun with roguelike titles, Black Future '88 doesn't overuse the idea. It does a good job of giving options for exploration to the player.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

If your first impression of Black Future '88 is positive, I would say give it shot, but a lack of depth and variety keep it from reaching greater heights.

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Digitally Downloaded
Nov 29, 2019

There's nothing wrong with how Black Future '88 plays. It's actually quite exceptional. But there are a lot of exceptional roguelikes and hardcore 2D platformers, and Black Future '88 lacks the narrative or context that it really needed to stand out against its many competitors.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 26, 2019

Black Future '88 is a stylish, stunningly fast roguelite that has a unique setting and world to mess around in. If you love to get your head smashed in by games, then you'll undoubtedly fall in love with this one, but if you need a bit more than that to commit, then you might not find anything here for you. It's a lot of fun, but it does feel a bit cookie-cutter in some places, and the world of roguelites is very competitive nowadays.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

The gameplay is good and the music is fantastic, but the lack of variety and a failure to really stand out among the stiff competition hamstrings Black Future ‘88.

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Screen Rant
Nov 21, 2019

Black Future 88 is a roguelite that is a little too light on content.

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Noisy Pixel
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

There’s so much to Black Future ’88 that makes it more than just a typical roguelike. Each run presents new challenges and different items at the player’s disposal, but the game does a bad job of explaining its features to the player.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 22, 2019

While I like the look and overall vibe of Black Future ‘88 there was never anything that really compelled me to keep playing, leveling up only unlocked things that I might find in Skymelt and while I found one playable character while exploring, I have no idea how I unlocked the second one. It's the little things like that make me feel Black Future ‘88 needs more polish and more carrot to live up to its full potential.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Dec 25, 2019

Of course, the lack of content and motivation is not so terrible if you play Black Future '88 on the Nintendo Switch in the subway, but for longer sessions, this game is not exactly intended. If you love the genre, then it's worth playing, but all others can pass by.

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