All aboard the nightmare train with Black Future ’88, the latest game from Gambitious for Nintendo Switch! It’s a high-octane platform/shooter game that you don’t want to miss, especially if you like cyberpunk and futuristic anti-utopian settings.
Focusing on an alternate version of our own past, Black Future ’88 takes players on a wild journey through a nightmarish hellscape of alternate reality. In this scary parallel world, players must climb a randomly generated tower before time runs out. Along the way, they face a series of unique enemies and transform their characters into unstoppable and deadly machines.
Bright neon colors with a distinct cyberpunk flavor are present on all levels. The enemy design is perfect for this game, as the faces of the enemies are portrayed as absolutely terrifying. All the heavily armed (and armored) enemies are waiting for your hero’s mind to wander away, while the security robots are ready to crush you at any moment. If your enemies don’t understand you, your own heart will. The game has a time limit of 18 minutes, at the end of which your heart will explode and the game is over! The difficulty of the hosts is high, and I kept ending up dying when I reached the end of the game.
All in all, the graphics here are beautiful, and I really enjoyed visiting this world with its unique colors and well-designed vehicles, structures, and characters. When the game loads, there’s a warning about flashing lights and light sensitivity – it’s not about messing around. During the first few seconds, the HUD will start to blink. The only thing that bothers me about the graphics is that everything looks small when you play the game.
The tone of the game is interesting. I was expecting more synth music, but the background music fits the game well. The sound effects don’t detract from the experience, but they are a bit dull. I find the occasional voice acting a bit distracting, but otherwise the sound is good for the aesthetics of the game.
The game controls are simple and intuitive so you can have fun. Players can double jump, run, shoot and choose one of two weapons. Flight clothes can help you get to some places, but it’s worth charging. The characters and weapons here are very varied, there are several main characters available. Each character has their own special characteristics that will radically change the complexity and difficulty of the game. The game features a ton of ability upgrades that are unlocked throughout the tower, as well as weapons that can be found after defeating enemies. Weapons like the sword and the standard pistol have unlimited ammo, but all the other weapons I found in my epidemic were fun to shoot and even more fun to improve.
The levels of challenge and difficulty are high, but in an addictive way that makes you want to keep playing long after you’ve successfully completed your first game – or tried to die. The fast and frantic action of the game allows for quick game sessions, and the dynamic and changing nature of the tower itself is perfect for replaying.
Black Future ’88 offers a refreshing take on retro indie and rogue gaming, and is well worth the price of admission. Make sure to grab it on the Nintendo Switch today!
Avenir noir 88 – Revue
- Charts – 8/10
- Sound – 6/10
- Gameplay – 8/10
- Late Call – 8/10
Final thoughts : GOOD PAGE
Breathtaking graphics and fast shooting give Black Future ’88 a distinct advantage in the genre.
David Buck is an author, musician and media specialist. In his spare time he composes music, writes science fiction and builds models, mainly of spaceships and movie cars.
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