This hand-drawn and generally fast-moving arcade action platformer has its ups and downs
There’s no question that Bot Gaiden has a pretty unique overall look and feel that can be exciting, but there can definitely be a bit of a learning curve to its quirks. The overall style is one where your goal is really not to get hit, so you can maintain your maximum effectiveness and power level, improving your mobility and variety of attacks quite a bit. The hard part is actually doing that in places since there are just sections in the level designs that can be aggravating. Whether due to traps or enemies that are placed in a bit of a cheap spot, there’s definitely an element of trial and error to your success in the game, and that may rub some people who want skill to be more of the focus the wrong way. Still, for the price it’s not a bad overall experience, it just lacks a little something that helps to elevate it from merely being good on a system loaded with stronger alternatives in quite a crowded genre space.
Justin Nation, Score: