Yet again making the absolute most of 8-bit capabilities, and not compromising engaging play, Roniu’s Tale is a great mix of strategy and puzzles
I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of these throwback 8-bit titles coming to the Switch, not just adopting an old-school visual style but fully emulating the NES-era experience. The thing is, more often than not when I go back to revisit games I remember from that age they can be tough to appreciate, and there’s an element of that feeling in many of these throwbacks as well. They’re interesting, and in general they’re novel, but you can typically feel the limitations a bit too much. While, no doubt, helped by going with a more puzzle-oriented approach, Roniu’s Tale I think comes out exceptionally well, with colorful and detailed visuals (considering the limitations), a smart mix of puzzling with a bit of strategy, and just some solid and enjoyable play. I will say that, consistent with the games of the era, the lack of in-game guidance early on to help you understand the general rules, and what different on-screen information represents is an initial speed bump, but once you experiment a little you’ll figure it out. From there it’s just a matter of working through the timing and logic needed to grab what you need and move to the next level. A very satisfying retro-styled romp bit of fun.
Justin Nation, Score: