There’s no question this feels convincingly like an 8-bit-era release, for better or for worse depending on tastes
It has been really interesting to see the contrast in games developed for the Switch that are intended to have deep retro vibes and those that go all-out in constraining themselves to what the platform could have run. Trophy goes all in on creating an authentic NES-era experience from its look, to its music, to its 2-button controls, but also keep in mind that its gameplay is then also generally a relic of that age. Moving through a handful of distinctive stages, you’ll be challenged to jump and shoot your way though, while facing a variety of sometimes diabolical enemies. In particular the fact that they’ll respawn on you if you’re not careful, the focus here is on executing, and it can get ugly. Challenging, sometimes a bit cruelly so, and a bit repetitive at times, whether you enjoy it or not will likely stem from your love for the gaming experiences of yesteryear, not just in terms of aesthetics but in style of play as well. All that said, if you are a true vintage gamer who reveres that era this feels like it could have easily been a successful contemporary to many games from that time you loved.
Justin Nation, Score: