In this industry, we often see titles that are inspired by those that were done in the past. And why not? Games like Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden have proven to be great influences for indie devs to build upon with their own ideas. That’s exactly what we get with FDG Entertainment’s Venture Kid, which first, ahem, ventured onto the PC front before making its way to Nintendo Switch.
Its design has great inspiration from Capcom’s Mega Man series, but it strikes out into its own territory. You play a kid by the name of Andy who’s tasked with stopping the evil Dr. Teklov, using special powers that he acquires along the way.
There are some elements borrowed from Mega Man here, like being able to acquire weapons from bosses after you defeat them in combat. But the ones introduced here are stylish, and effective. And for that matter, you can unlock moves that are really useful, like utilizing a grenade that can destroy walls, or a double jump that allows you to access out-of-reach goodies. (This is all the more reason to revisit certain levels within the game.)
The gameplay for Venture Kid doesn’t stray too far from what made Mega Man games work. But it handles pretty well, especially when it comes to precision shooting and platforming. That said, the difficulty can be on the somewhat easy side. I was about to breeze through this game rather quickly in my runthrough, though revisiting levels wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. This might be good news for those of you that struggled with Mega Man games or, dare I say it, Mighty No. 9 in the past.
As for the design, FDG and the developers at Snikkabo definitely took some notes from the Mega Man playbook. The throwback 8-bit visuals are nice and colorful on the Nintendo Switch, going for more of a basic design. They certainly don’t fare as well as, say, what was done with The Messenger, but they’re nice. Some fun chiptunes are thrown in as well, and they’re well worth a listen if you’re wearing headphones.
While Venture Kid is meant more as a breezy entertainment rather than something with an in-depth challenge (like the spectacular Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom), it’ll definitely deliver a one-two punch to those who are looking for inspired retro entertainment. Those of you looking for something simplistic and entertaining won’t be disappointed. 3.5/5 Bibles.