Developer: Wonderboy Bobi
Publisher: PixelHeart (Phyiscal), No Gravity Games
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 01/04/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Tanuki Justice like a ninja came out of nowhere, like a little fluffy deadly ball of shurikens it took me by surprise. I was not sure what to expect when I booted up this one, as I did not know what it was. Oh my, like the folklore of old these little rascals are going to put a spanner in the big evil of the game.
There is no story per se to talk about you have to stop the big evil from taking over the world. This however leads perfectly to the over all aesthetics and feel of the retro styled games. Like the NES where stroies where just that.
As one could imagine being a retro styled game that Tanuki Justice is pretty much pick up and play. with simple controls; B to jump/double jump, Y to throw shurikens as fast as you can press it. Right stick to aim, with the LZ you can lock the aim in making movement and attack less complicated.
There is also a magic meter that builds up by collecting blue gems once full a mega shuriken can be unleased this is not only cool looking but it is vital took in our Taunki arsenal. Like normal shuriken, we can aim and throw the mega. Not only does this ability do extensive damage, it also eats enemy bullets, give a rest bite and should only be used in the right situation.
As for having room to breathe from overwhelming enemy presence, you will thank me when you use a mega to take a massive assault of bullets coming at you. Tanuki Justice needs you to be focused 100%, as games of years past its one hit and you die. There are multiple lives and unlimited continues. Luckily, the controls are super responsive.
What would a retro inspired game be without massive epic boss fights? We have six. Each one being different and amazinging in their own right, like the levels. Each boss will have you stumped until you figure out the attack patterns and work out timings. After beating them, you feel like a right badass.
Need more of a challenge? Ok, how about hard or even insane? I can testify that you will need to be a ninja to play any of these difficulty settings. On top of this, there is a survival mode that will keep you on your toes.
Tanuki Justice is one of many overlooked games on the Switch that need recognition. Here we have a super slick heart pumping platforming bullet hell that will keep even the best on their toes. IF you want a challenge and/or love retro styled games, you have to try this one. Just be ready to die.
I love these games, but not everyone will be a fan of the hard nature of this one. This is only for a select player base that will love it.