Gaming Review: Tanuki Justice

Review: Tanuki Justice

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Don’t be deceived by the cute Tanuki on the cover – this game is not for the faint of heart. Tanuki Justice is a plethora of nostalgia goodness, reminiscent of the classic Megaman series with a SNES retro feel. What makes this game so charming is its simple game mechanics mixed in with hoards of unique enemies plus sneaky traps. If you’re a fan of indie or retro games and haven’t played this already, I highly suggest you add this gem to your wishlist.

Gameplay:

Tanuki Justice is set in feudal Japan, where a Tanuki duo aims to seek justice and save the world. This frantic Run ‘n’ gun platformer has seven levels and three game modes: Normal, Hard, and Insane. Each level is timed and features a dynamic and unique environment with numerous enemies and bullet hell moments. Our Tanuki hero can play solo or with a friend in any level and game mode.

The controls are pretty simple, you can shoot an infinite number of shuriken in any direction and jump. Also, there’s a special giant shuriken that not only kills enemies but deflects their shots as well. You start off with three lives though one hit will instantly kill you. There are also several power-ups that can aid in your journey. There are no checkpoints, so if you lose all your lives you have to start the level over! However, there are unlimited continues and you can start from any level you have previously completed.

Warning: this game may lead to rage-quits and excessive swearing. Don’t get me wrong this game is loads of fun, but there were so many cheap-shots I was THIS close to putting the game in the digital trash. The only way to truly beat this game is to learn the level and remember your mistakes. (And a bit of luck!)

Pros:

  • Power-ups! There were tons of power-ups that gave you special abilities, but some are hidden so pay attention so you don’t miss them!
  • Depending on your skills you can easily beat this game within 1-4 hours. This might be considered a con but honestly, it’s refreshing to me as an adult as I have less time to play games these days. 
  • A secret level! I won’t spoil how to unlock it but let’s just say you get to play an old friend.

Cons:

  • The main attack range is way too short in my opinion.
  • I wish Normal mode featured a checkpoint at the halfway point of the game, it was aggravating having to start back at the beginning every time I died.
  • I encountered a glitch a few times where my poor Tanuki died off-screen and never respawned, despite having lives left…

Conclusion:

This is a great game for the price and definitely something refreshing to play solo or with a buddy. It has its annoying moments, but the satisfaction of completing the game is definitely worth it.

Entertainment: 7/10

Replay value: 5/10

Graphics: 8/10

Sound: 6/10

Kid Friendly: Yes

Platform:Nintendo Switch
Developer:Wonderboy Bobi
Publisher:No Gravity Games
Released:December 10, 2020
MSRP:$14.99
ESRB:Everyone 10+

SUMMARY

+ Great price
+ Beautiful retro graphics
+ Challenging gameplay
- Average soundtrack
- Countless cheap-shots

(Reviewed on Nintendo Switch)
Krissy
Hi, I’m Krissy! I’m just your average nerd living & gaining XP in Tokyo, Japan. Former QA and game production intern at Cartoon Network. When I’m not trying to save the world, you can find me whipping up some cute illustrations on my tablet!

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