An Homage to Old School Gaming – Venture Kid Review
Video-games have come a long way since the glorious days of 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, yet the simplistic charm & challenge of the 2d-sidescroller stays relevant to this very day. This timeless quality reminds us that realistic 3d-graphics aren’t required to make a good game. Venture Kid is a tribute to this ideology by being a direct homage to the old school Mega-Man games. Developers over at FDG Mobile Games GbR have not only nailed every aspect that makes these games great, but also created it in mind of modern devices. Lets take a look at Venture Kid:
8-bit Old School Gaming.
Cost: $0.99 USD ($1.19 CAD).
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
– Costs a BUCK!
– Crisp 8-bit style graphics. (Looks great on retina).
– Plays just like 8-bit Mega-Man, which is AMAZING.
– Every defeated boss = new weapon power-up! (Just like Megaman).
– Use new power-ups to unlock secrets in previous stages.
– Level-design is smart and well-planned.
– Awesome rockin’ Chiptune soundtrack.
– On Screen Control, works surprisingly well.
– Nine themed levels, each with their own bosses.
– Collect Orbs and buy items in the shop.
(power-up refill, extra-lives , healing power-up, etc)
– Supports MFi Controller.
– Normal & Hard-Mode. (Normal is still difficult).
– In-game achievements.
– iPhone and iPad optimized.
– In-app purchases, though not mandatory.(Buy ORBS for real money).
THIS GAME IS YUCK-LESS!
I’ve been a huge fan of the early Mega-Man games since childhood, so when I saw this game in the App Store I didn’t hesitate much before purchasing it. Starting-up the game you notice instantly it plays identically to Mega-Man and this is a GREAT thing. Everything from the graphics to the music is straight on point and it looks great on the HD retina display of the iPhone. I was a bit worried at first that the on-screen control would limit my skill (crucial for these games), but I soon got used to it and actually quite enjoyed the portability. After you beat the first stage you’ll be introduced to the over-world screen where you can choose the next stage, play the previous and purchase items from the shop. You can also access the shop during levels, but not during boss fights. Purchasing power-ups with orbs becomes crucial on later levels due to the increasing difficulty. Luckily, re-spawning enemies makes farming orbs easy if you don’t want to replay whole levels or make in-app purchases. You also gain new power-ups after every boss level, which can be very useful for destroying the next boss and used on unlocking secrets in previous levels. My favorite aspect retro-style games like this is the teeth-grinding difficulty of each new stage, but then over time and patience you begin to master the stage. Levels then become like a timed out choreographed performance, as you shoot, dodge and jump your way through. It’s a sensation that doesn’t come with many modern games, which is why I HIGH RECOMMEND THIS!
Venture Kid is the perfect homage to old school gaming. It offers an awesome authentic 8-bit experience from the graphics, music & gameplay, to the leg-punching difficulty of NES games.
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Venture Kid Review
- Final Rating:
Cost: $0.99 USD ($1.19 CAD).
- Crisp 8-bit style graphics. (Looks great on retina).
- Plays just like 8-bit Mega-Man, which is AMAZING.
- Every defeated boss = new weapon power-up! (Just like Megaman).
- Level-design is smart and well-planned.
- Awesome rockin' Chiptune soundtrack.