[Nintendo Switch] Retro Revengers Review
Retro Revengers from Shinyuden, Undercoders, and Happymeal is a classic-style 2D action platformer on Nintendo Switch. Check our Retro Revengers review!
Retro Revengers from Shinyuden, Undercoders, and Happymeal is a classic-style 2D action platformer on Nintendo Switch. Ludens Castle is the home of a group of streamers known as the Retro Revengers, who spend their days playing video games and eating junk food. They run into an old-school cartridge that none of them have heard of before, with a sticker that says, “Non-stop Action.” It’s then that the cartridge starts to emit a mysterious glow… and the Retro Revengers are sucked into the cartridge!
Each of the Retro Revengers – that would be Ossan, Mao, Taicho, Matchan, and Notchi – ends up at a different section of an unknown land, and they must work their way through a series of challenging locations that will test their skills. The good news is that they won’t be alone on this adventure. They’re greeted by the Retro Goddess, who informs them that DOTA, the Demon Overlord of Triple A, is the one behind all of this. Thanks to the power of the Retro Goddess, each of the Retro Revengers receives a new power to be able to defeat the evil DOTA forces.
After the introduction cutscene is over, you’ll gain control of your first character. Since this is a game that pays homage to retro releases from ages past, that means the controls are going to be simple and to the point. You’ll control each of the different characters either with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, running through each area as you jump by pressing the B button.
If you press and hold down the B button, then your character will be able to perform a second flutter jump. Or it might float around for a bit. Or it might end up farting – up to two times in a row for a triple jump by pressing the B button two more times once airborne. You know, the usual. The Y button is for attacking. If you press and hold down that button, you’ll charge up a special attack. This one will also be different depending on which character you’re controlling. One of them will shoot a homing energy ray. Another one will use its yo-yo to grab onto metal posts to travel over larger gaps.
As you defeat enemies, they will drop coins that you should definitely collect. Why? Because you’ll have to pay coins to continue whenever you lose all of your lives and get a game over! You can easily lose a life by falling into the always classic bottomless pits you’ll run into here and there. Enemies can also deal considerable damage if you’re not careful, especially when playing at the higher difficulty settings. This is why you should try to walk and jump on every spot of a level so that you can make hidden chests pop up. Some will contain bonus coins, while others will have a delicious piece of meat for you to eat so that you can heal your wounds.
Once you reach the end of a level, you’ll have to go up against a huge boss. You’ll have to pay attention to each boss’ movement and attack patterns, or else you’ll see your life bar deplete at a much faster rate than theirs! There’s one boss who will be hovering a bit too high for your regular attacks to hit, so you’ll need to activate a switch to be able to make a pair of platforms boost you up high enough. Another one is a humongous mermaid that will blow a ton of bubbles to protect herself while also launching some giant starfish at you.
Retro Revengers is a classic-style 2D action platformer that offers a good challenge. It never ends up being NES-hard, but there are certainly some trickier segments and bosses that will test your skills. Do you have what it takes to help the Retro Revengers use their newly acquired powers to defeat the evil DOTA, Demon Overlord of Triple A? Retro Revengers is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.90 price tag.
This Retro Revengers review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Shinyuden.