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[Nintendo Switch] AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights Review

[Nintendo Switch] AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights Review
EdEN
  • On February 16, 2024

AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights from Artix Entertainment and Nami Tentou brings us a retro take on the RPG series. Learn more in our AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights review!

 

AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights from Artix Entertainment and Nami Tentou brings us a retro take on the RPG series. Artix Entertainment describes it as a Zeldavania, which means this one is a game that has been inspired by the original The Legend of Zelda on Nintendo’s first home console. And yes, this game is also very much available as a physical cartridge!

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As was the case for AdventureQuest 3D, Artix Entertainment took AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights to Kickstarter back in 2019, seeking a conservative $5,000 in funding for the development of this true 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. NES – release, cartridge and all. Once the crowdfunding campaign was over, and thanks to the support of over 1,00 backers, the project ended up with more than $54,000 in funding. It’s now 2024, and Nami Tentu has stepped in as publisher to bring this experience to Nintendo Switch.

 

Your options are playing the main retro-styled Dungeons and DoomKnights campaign or taking on the extra modes: Dungeons and Daimyo (the game but played as your canine companion, Daimyo), Pacadin (an homage to the beloved Pac-Man), and Black and White (a mono chaos mod for the game). Oh, and there’s also Necromancy, a mode in which you’ll take on the role of the titular necromancer in a 2D puzzle platformer in which you’ll need to collect spells to summon undead entities to aid you.

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And now, back to Dungeons and DoomKnighrs. After an army of the evil undead destroys your hometown, you decide to go and ride a dragon so that you can catch the DoomKnight responsible for this atrocity. Armed with your trusty battle ace, you will not stop until justice has been served. Do you have what it takes to defeat all of the monsters standing between you and your goal? You’re the mighty Paladin Artix, and you’re exactly the type of hero this land needs.

 

You’ll control Artix with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, attacking with the B button and using the A button to jump during 2D sequences. The game will be split between segments that play similarly to the original The Legend of Zelda on the NES and others that take on a 2D action platformer nature. You’ll have to locate additional powers for your journey, such as being able to throw your axe, growing powerful enough to smash rocks, reflecting magical attacks, hearts that boost your HP, and more.

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What types of enemies will you be going up against? There’s the Frogzard, which is half frog, half-lizard; the Seed Spitter, a plant with very sharp teeth; disease-ridden rats and bats; a Chickencow, which is exactly as its name suggests; Root of Evil, a large dead tree brought back to life thanks to dark magic; Frosty the Snow Golem, who is most certainly not very jolly; Buzz Buzz, a huge wasp that packs a punch; or the SkeleTitan, a massive skeleton that is ready to take a swing at you if you come too close.

 

You can customize your experience with AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and Doomknights by going into the settings menu. You can add a CRT filter for that old-school TV look from back in the day. There’s also the option of removing the Dungeons and DoomKnights and changing the aspect ratio between pixel perfect, 4:3, or having the image stretched over the entire screen. You can also switch up the game’s colors between the Vanilla option, what the game calls the Game Child – an homage to the Game Boy – the Game Child Contrast, the Virtual Child, or Greyscale.

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AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and Doomknights is a new old-school NES game ported to the Nintendo Switch. It pays homage to the classic The Legend of Zelda on Nintendo’s first home console, and it features a fun adventure you should be able to complete in 3-4 hours or so as you explore the 500+ screens, obtain new skills and boost your hero’s stats so that he can save the day. AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and Doomknights is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This AdventureQuest 8-Bit: Dungeons and DoomKnights review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Nami Tentou.

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Can you help Artix defeat the evil DoomKnight?
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