One risk with retro-styled games is that you could rejuvenate an old-school experience, but not a good one
Being someone who grew up in the video game stone ages, playing Pong and games on the 2600 well before even the NES era hit, I have a love for retro-inspired experiences. The trick with it is that, to do it right, you need to really be aiming to make games at least as well as the top-tier titles back in the day, and then you’ll hopefully have enough extra gas in the tank to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, The Adventures of Poppe feels like its goals were set far lower, making for a game that certainly looks the retro part, but then plays at a level that feels like a lower-tier offering at best. The action is simply too limited, your movement is too stiff and clumsy, and there’s just no sign of a hook to keep you playing this when far better cracks at the classic formula are out there waiting to be discovered.
Justin Nation, Score: