In the test, it is fun to swing through the air with the Kunai or to chop up the opposing robots with the Katana. The controls are easy to learn. However, enthusiasm is quickly dampened by the sometimes very difficult boss fights. Apart from the search for hidden hats, we have not found a replay value – the playing time is just under 3.5 hours. With just under 17 In the area of Metroidvania games, it is priced in the upper third of the Euro, even if, in our opinion, there are more varied and technically advanced titles.
Kunai in the test: what is Kunai?
The game Kunai belongs to the so-called Metroidvania genre. The player controls a ninja tablet robot that uses various ninja tools, such as the eponymous kunai, a katana or shuriken in the fight against other robots.
Comparable to the classics Metroid, Castlevania or Mega Man, the player goes in a 2D world in search of Lemonkus, who leads the evil robots. As a real ninja, Tabby swings the tablet through the air, chews up his opponents or can scurry through thinner walls.
The game was started on 06. 02. 20 released on Steam and currently costs around 17 Euro. The difficulty of the game fluctuates a lot, a more detailed explanation follows in the course of the article.
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The evil robot Lemonkus tries to seize world domination, but the robot rebels resist. The tablet “Tabby” joins this resistance and tries to stop Lemonkus and his lackeys. On his journey, his robot friends are at his side and provide him with equipment, information or other help.
The game has a retro feel, which is characterized by its sepia-colored and rather colorless appearance, which is reminiscent of Gameboy graphics. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is rather rocky and varied. There is a single player campaign consisting of several levels that merge seamlessly. There is no multiplayer option. The game offers seven bosses and has an approximate playing time of 3.5 hours.
We like that
At the beginning the game is a lot of fun – especially swinging through the air with the Kunai, which work like grappling hooks. Even if the control of this feature takes some getting used to, you can quickly get the hang of it. The game has a unique humor, which is always in the conversations with the robot friends, when meeting opponents, but also in the appearance of Tabby.
The facial expressions of the tablet are just funny or cute. Especially when it starts to shine because it finds a new hat. The world itself is also very coherent: The storage locations are huge charging stations in which the tablet charges the battery, not the life energy. Coins can also be collected and exchanged for skills. However, this does not happen simply, the upgrades can only be bought on the Internet. Here his robot buddy Earl rushes to help, who installs WiFi routers all over the game world so that Tabby can use the Internet.
The game offers some extras and hiding spots for those who want to collect. It is possible to find different hats for tabby. At first, the hack & slash gameplay feels very simple, almost too easy. However, this changes with the first boss fight, which immediately demands a skilled handling of the Kunai – evasion is announced.
In addition to the humor, the game presents you above all with its retro look and its harmonious soundtrack. It feels and plays like a platform game from the 90 ern, if you think of the Kunai Feature refrains.
We don't like that very much
The fluctuating level of difficulty makes the game experience a little unsteady. The boss fights are sometimes very difficult and frustrating, not for beginners. The areas between the bosses look too simple, with a few exceptions. Outside of boss fights, the main cause of death is not enemies, but stinging traps or abysses.
The hats offer an opportunity to take a closer look at the surroundings because they are often hidden behind hidden walls. However, the hats only serve the purpose of optics, they have no effects or influences on the game. Here the developers could have come up with a few extras.
The retro look is intentional, but in our opinion the developers thought it was a little too good by looking back. The pale colors sometimes seem a little lifeless and in this game genre there are more varied and technically exciting titles for less money.
Unfortunately, the game offers hardly any setting options or customization. There are only minimal possibilities to adjust the control, setting options for color blindness or other restrictions are missing. The game offers a total of three savegames that you can switch between.
About the author: Patrick got his first game console, a Super Nintendo, as a child for Christmas, and he's been a passionate gambler ever since. Not on the console today, but on the go on the PC, he mainly spends his free time with role-playing games, but also small games for in between are on the program.
For the test we did the publisher “The Arcade Crew” send a test sample. The author has almost played through the game, a possible bug has progressed in the last 20 minutes of play prevented.