Percentile Rank

Kunai is ranked in the 63rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 47 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

Based on 47 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
A or higher
GameOctane
JMachine
A or higher
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is a wonderful game and another stern reminder as to why I keep kicking myself for avoiding the Metroidvania genre for as long as I’ve had. Clearly this is a genre still in it’s renaissance period with new, inventive play styles still coming out at a decent pace and kunai is no exception to that rule. TLDR: It’s a good game. Buy it.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

Top Critic

No Recommendation / Blank
Feb 10, 2020

Kunai throws a grappling hook and a fair amount of style into the Metroidvania genre for a solid if not stellar example of the form.

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Nerfeados
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 21, 2020

Even with its steep difficulty curves, KUNAI is a charismatic and rewarding experience but some of its core mechanics doesn't work as well as the studio think, specially if you look at some well received games of the genre that came out this generation.

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Scored Reviews

Windows Central
Feb 6, 2020

While it lacks the visual flair and storytelling of genre hits like Hollow Knight, Kunai is undoubtedly among my list of top games for 2020. It's polished, it's funny, and best of all, it's a great time for hours on end.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

From the opening moments to the end credits, everything about Kunai just oozes charm and its movement mechanics make it a joy to play. An absolute must-play.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2020

Kunai does so much with so little. From the minimalist art style to the polished grappling mechanic, it's hard not to recommend this entry to fans of the metroidvania genre, or anyone looking for a fresh offering on the Nintendo Switch.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is the next great Metroidvania on Switch. It could easily stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Ori and the Blind Forest and The Messenger, especially in how effortless moving around and traversing the world is. This is as close to a must-play as I can recommend. You're a tablet who plays like Spider-Man, and everything looks beautiful. Kunai is excellent.

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Noisy Pixel
9 / 10.0
Noisy Pixel
Ian Goudelock
9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is a thoroughly fantastic game, taking some of the best elements of the genre and putting them into one parkouring package. It’s apparent that a lot of care went into fine-tuning weapons and Kunai to make your actions feel as instinctual as they are fun.

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Screen Rant
Feb 24, 2020

The Arcade Crew/Turtleblaze's Kunai is a masterclass in 2D action, and will be catnip to metroidvania platformer fans looking for their next fix.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is a cutesy Metroidvania title with lots of action, enjoyable gameplay and is a hell of a fun time. Sadly, the game ends way too soon, as I found myself lusting for more. A solid attempt by Turtleblaze and I'll be looking forward to their next project.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2020

A great metroidvania game amazingly combining exploration and combat, with frenetic action, original graphics and compelling sounds.

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Gaming on PC
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020

Kunai is a blast to play, and TurtleBlaze smartly set it apart from its competition thanks to a fairly unique art style and an interesting world.

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IGN Korea
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 5, 2020

As the name suggests, 'Kunai' is a wire-action game using the item of the same name. Fast-paced movement, crazy explosives, spectacular combat system are all in the right balance for the gamer to carry on the thrill until the end. While it's described as another Metro-Vania type of genre, the action packed gameplay is as close to be an action genre, without the boring character leveling process. Various boss-fights, storyline and the pixel art style adds up as a positive value to the game.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai really makes a name for itself. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed adventure where you can pull off some sweet parkour moves all the while wielding Ninja weapons, I highly recommend checking out Kunai.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

While it does lean a bit on the easy side, kids will love this. Kunai could easily be a defacto entry level metroidvania to introduce to children.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
RobertPIngram

Top Critic

Feb 5, 2020

Classic components come together to form a stellar slashing platformer, with the titular kunai providing a particularly high note.

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Video Chums
Feb 27, 2020

From its charming visuals to its smooth action-packed gameplay, Kunai is a fittingly sharp and enjoyable experience.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2020

Overall Kunai is a very capable Metroidvania clone that can easily stand up with the rest. It also offers its own unique charm and style to make it a game really worth spending your time and money on.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2020

If you are a fan of robot ninja action or you're just looking for the next Neo-classic Metroivania title with a hint of Bionic Commando thrown in for good measure, KUNAI delivers a very satisfying experience.

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SmashPad
Feb 10, 2020

Kunai is a heck of an experience that’s an easy recommendation especially during this slow part of the year.

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Saving Content
Feb 6, 2020

KUNAI is absolutely kinetic. Momentum, traversal, and combat are the key pillars. They all work in tandem to produce a game that moves at a frenetic pace, and one you’ve not known in a Metroidvania-style of game. TurtleBlaze have something special here, and it’s in your best interest not to miss it. KUNAI is a refreshing take on the genre, and an exciting one at that.

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Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
78 / 100
Feb 6, 2020

If you're looking for a classic "metroidvania" with ninja abilities, that's just what Kunai offers: explore levels, kill enemies, push switches, get new abilities, kill bosses, get to new areas... and start all over again. All with a great Game Boy visual style, but in the end, it feels a pretty conventional game.

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Worth Playing
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 21, 2020

Kunai is a solid game. The genre formula sticks to the blueprint well enough to not mess it up. The game is of a decent length, and it has the right amount of difficulty most of the time, but the kunai movement sells you on what makes the game enjoyable. For genre fans, this is well worth checking out.

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Easy Allies
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020
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TrueGaming
7.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2020

Kunai is an adorable experience that presents some enjoyable mechanics to the Metroidvania genre and keeps things varied and fun until the very end.

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New Game Network
73 / 100
73 / 100
Feb 12, 2020

Kunai is a short and sweet metroidvania with an exciting premise. In this era of rapid technological change, however, Kunai ultimately doesn't do enough to separate itself from the pack.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2020

Thanks to some great controls and a diverse and satisfying set of weapons and tools, Kunai overcomes its weaknesses in level design to become a solid, fun platformer.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 6, 2020

Despite some tedious backtracking, Kunai's fast-paced combat and satisfying platforming are accentuated by smart level designs that make it a blast to play.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is an expressive, stylish and retro-tinged metroidvania that kept me engaged the entire time I played it. The feeling of slowly mastering the rope-kunai and being able to flawlessly swing around environments and flank enemies was incredibly satisfying. I only wish the rest of your abilities in the game had the same kind of skill ceiling to reach, because without any cool reasons to deflect bullets, why bother having the ability to do so in the first place?

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
PC Invasion

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 13, 2020

Kunai is a bite-sized Metroidvania that's well worth the pick-up for the fast, frenetic action alone. Once all the foes have been fought and the bosses have been bested, the Kunai content well has run empty.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai knows grappling hooks are cool, so it gives you two of them. But beyond its best feature, it's an indie adventure that falls just a bit short of its excellent peers.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is a classic yet breathless metroidvania game, which capitalize on its strong action and fun narration. The sympathic Tabby and its variety of expressions is a bless to see, but the art direction suffers from its unflaterring minimalism, and endless boss patterns that grows on frustration.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2017

Kunai is a wonderful game that I am sure rewards a high level of mastery over its mechanics. It looks great, sounds amazing, and plays quite well for the most part. However, the bugs I encountered and some of the lackluster designs throughout the game often made me either sleepy-bored or frustrated at being killed by events largely out of my control. It feels clunky at some points and I believe needs just a bit more refining but it is a great game underneath it all.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai does plenty of things right, but doesn't really try to stand out from the crowd in any way.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Feb 6, 2020

Maybe it's a little unfair to propose that Kunai's weaker spots are a result of the high bar games preceding it have set.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2020

KUNAI is a fast paced metroidvania, full of action and explosions, but it's hard to find in those pixel something new and fresh.

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USgamer
USgamer

Top Critic

Feb 6, 2020

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to figure out where you're supposed to go at times, backtracking in Kunai is a bit of a pain, and the level design doesn't offer as many branching paths as its competition. But it's worth playing through the game's short runtime and this is a great foundation for a sequel.

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Gamersky
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2020

Kunai is an impressive 2D action game. It follows the classic Metroidvania design, which offers a great adventure of exploration. But this is just a taste that won't last long.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 6, 2020

If humanity truly is destined to fall, at least a cute tablet with a sword will avenge us.

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oprainfall
Feb 10, 2020

In summation, I still rather enjoyed KUNAI. I just wish it was a longer experience with a more coherent plot. That said, there’s tons of charm and humor here, and plenty of challenging and satisfying gameplay. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong for only $16.99. I admire TurtleBlaze for this first Metroidvania, and even though it’s not perfect, I think it could be the starting point to many other tremendous projects. If you’re a fan of the genre, I’d say you owe it to yourself to pick this up.

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Seafoam Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2021

However, while the Kunai do add a lot of depth to your movement, I didn’t really find much else that made this game stick out, and the lackluster checkpoints do make certain parts more frustrating than they need to be. Still, if you love the genre, KUNAI is still worth a playthrough.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

Ultimately, Kunai is a competent and attractive Metroidvania title let down by uninspired game design, underutilized mechanics, and some bugs. Still, this isn't a bad effort by TurtleBlaze. In fact, I think a sequel that learns from this game's mistakes could be a blast.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 11, 2020

A competent Metroidvania with some attractive visuals and fun gimmicks, but they can't hide the fact that the game underneath is far less inspired than it first seems.

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Game Informer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2020

The novelty of traversal doesn't last, leaving you with a generic adventure inspired by Metroid

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 24, 2020

The game holds itself well and is great fun, even if it lacks any real innovation. The unique weapon combinations can make each run different and interesting, but the repetitive nature of each level means that Kunai's replayability could be in doubt.

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Gamer Escape
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 6, 2020

On the one hand, I feel like Kunai kind of missed its mark. The game is definitely trying to be something different and set itself apart, but there are just enough pain points that it’s hard to think it really works. There’s a lot of effort to keep you engaged and offer a slight twist on the formula, but most of those twists come off as broadly neutral.

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OnlySP
Feb 6, 2020

Kunai is, for most part, a wonderfully complex Metroidvania. The colourful artwork, smooth movement, and clever level design are some of the greatest the genre has seen, but the high difficulty of the boss encounters will prevent some players from fully enjoying this vibrant world.

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