The latest in the wave of throwback NES-styled titles, Project Blue brings a very retro challenge to the table
While I’ve really enjoyed seeing titles that absolutely celebrate the 8-bit era by recapturing the vibe on pretty well every level to create games that feel authentically from that time… it’s hard not to acknowledge how niche they likely are. Distinct from games that simply ape the classic pixel art look with modern mechanics and feel, Project Blue is of the variety that wants the retro vibe to extend to the controls and style of play as well. It’s a definite risk, but if that sounds like the experience you’re shooting for Project Blue absolutely hits those notes nicely. You can essentially jump and shoot, and using your limited means you’ll need to be precise and often a bit patient to survive. You’ll periodically be given opportunities to grab some health or something else useful, but to get it you’ll also need to take an added risk, which I consider a nice touch. The thing is, ultimately your enjoyment will revolve around whether you embrace the classic 8-bit platforming shooter style this emulates quite well or if it simply doesn’t grab your attention.
Justin Nation, Score: