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Kraino Origins

Developer: Elden Pixels

  • Price: $11.99
  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: Dec 4, 2023 [$7.19]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $7.19
  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • With a colorful but still retro look and style, Kraino Origins has some old-school appeal but feels a bit generic overall

    If you’re a fan of games with more retro-like and challenging sensibilities there have been a great deal of quality games to choose from on Switch that will scratch that itch. Kraino Origins now comes to the scene delivering precisely that type of tough love play from the 8 and 16 bit eras, but it also may perhaps adhere a bit too thoroughly to their limitations. Whereas you have games in the vein of Shovel Knight and some other contemporaries embracing the classic look and elements of that feel they’ve also managed to innovate in ways that have elevated the classic experience. It’s in that area that Kraino Origins comparatively falters a bit, by adhering perhaps a bit too faithfully to its classic roots, which also may explain what feels like a comparatively short overall experience. Without that spark of ingenuity to carry the day and inspire the need for even more it fails to really grab you and take it to the next level, though it does provide some satisfying classic beats, no doubt about it.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.6]

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