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Retro-inspired games are a dime a dozen these days, and even so Panzer Paladin manages to set itself apart from the pack by offering a unique gameplay twist, extreme quality platforming, and a really cool anime aesthetic that you would be really remiss for overlooking. If you’re in the market for a great game to play with a decent amount of challenge, Panzer Paladin is a fantastic option on Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam).
As it stands, Panzer Paladin is a good tribute that comes with rockin’ music and a lovely dose of 2D action. It needs a bit more work to rise above the many 2D clones, but it still warrants a playthrough or two if you’re curious about this year’s “neo-retro” offerings on PC and the Switch.
Panzer Paladin's pleasing retro-aesthetics and slick use of 80s anime tropes compliment its new ideas wonderfully.
A worthy homage to the early Mega Man games, but some aspects of retro design would be better left in the old days
Panzer Paladin's heavily old-school-flavored action is a blast from the past from beginning to end.
Panzer Paladin adopts a bit of every NES platformer you played as a kid, and the result is a little chaotic, but a lot of fun.
Tribute Games tapped into a treasure trove of classic games, and that adoration shines bright in Panzer Paladin. In a year already full of great action-platformers, this one shouldn't be skipped.
Panzer Paladin is the kind of game I dreamed of as a kid. A flashy and colourful platformer with nearly a hundred weapons, over a dozen levels, cool anime art, and even the ability to draw my own weapons? It's a tall order, yet Panzer Paladin manages to deliver. Its sharp combat and even sharper visuals kept me glued to my screen for hours, but there were times where I struggled to engage with the best parts of the weapon system. Managing durability and an overflowing arsenal ended up being far more of a challenge than any of the platforming or enemies within the game.
Panzer Paladin's uncomplicated gameplay won't be for everyone and there are some very minor niggles that hold it back from true greatness. Even so, it has heart, and that goes a long, long way. If you're into retro throwback games then you should really give this a try; Panzer Paladin is an unpretentious, exuberant action game from start to finish, and a must for genre fans.