I’m an ’80s kid. I grew up on a lot of the media from that decade. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’ll happily check out anything inspired or from that time period. After seeing Narita Boy, I’m very much reminded of my childhood. In fact, the game reminds me of things like Tron and Captain N (more on that in a bit).
Narita Boy is a side scrolling action game featuring a digital world merging or crossing over with our own dimension. Or something like that. Our titular hero takes on a group of baddies from the “dark side” of the digital realm. By dark, I mean pretty much no light. The lower hemisphere of the world is shrouded in darkness while the upper one is full of bright energies. You can see where this is going, I’m sure.
So, yeah. That’s pretty much the Tron or Captain N connection. However, instead of the hero being flesh and blood stuck in a video game world, you’re pretty much playing as Tron himself. And that’s far from where the 80s style vibe ends, too. The sound, artwork, and gameplay all have that retro feel to it. Hell, you can upgrade your sword by snagging Floppy disks. How cool is that?
As I mentioned, I love the 80s. It was an interesting decade and one I remember fondly for its cheesy media. So, I really do look forward to seeing Narita Boy become a reality. It’s got the same nostalgia feel as playing a game from that era.