I’m a easy creature, simply amused by flashing lights and bleepy noises, so I’m at all times up for metroidvania. Bonus factors if it has some clever-looking motion methods, bouncy mid-air fight and it’s simply icing on the cake if there’s a grappling hook, too. Kunai, from TurtleBlaze, appears prefer it ticks every a kind of bins, plus the hidden bonus one among having a enjoyable setting. A post-apocalyptic, post-human world populated by bizarre robots made out of junk. Protagonist Tabby could have the soul of a warrior, however he has the face of an iPad. Take a peek on the debut trailer under.
Kunai’s ninja antics – particularly its mid-air assaults getting used to maintain the participant airborne – jogs my memory quite a lot of The Messenger. Still, it looks like there’s a bit extra to its fight, at the very least from the few bits we see right here. The slow-motion chain assaults you are able to do in mid-air, chaining forwards and backwards via targets jogs my memory of Shinobi on the PS2, and the aggressive, speedy parrying of bullets (with accompanying display shake) appears satisfying. Even earlier than you get into the rapid-fire twin grappling hooks, it fills in quite a lot of my guidelines for ‘things a good ninja game needs’.
I really feel just like the previous couple years have been superb for the metroidvania style specifically, and builders have realized a lot from one another in a brief period of time. Every different week you blink and there’s a brand new Hollow Knight or Ori And The Blind Forest educating gamers about world design or motion strategies outdoors of 16-bit staples. There’s a complete slew of neat ninja games both only in the near past launched (there’s free DLC coming for The Messenger, too) and upcoming (try Bushiden and Moonrider). As an enormous late 80s/early 90s dork child who by no means grew up, this feels a bit like a golden age. Go ninjas, go ninjas, go!
There’s no launch date but for Kunai, however writer The Arcade Crew will probably be showcasing it at GDC subsequent week, and at PAX East the week after. You can discover extra element on its Steam store page here and its official page here.