Narita Boy

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Our favourite games of 2021 so far

With 2021 marching on at a seemingly impossible pace, we thought it was high time we sat down in our virtual Treehouses to chat about the best games of the year we’ve played so far. 2021 has been an odd year for games. The first few months were front-loaded with some big meaty hitters after giving Cyberpunk 2077 a wide berth at the end of last year, while others have been pushed back even further into the depths of 2022. Indeed, a lot of the games we’re really looking forward to in 2021 are still hovering away on the horizon,…

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Narita Boy is a love letter to the PC and old technology

Take one look at Studio Koba’s retro platformer Narita Boy and you could easily mistake it for a new kind of Tron game. It’s awash with neon blues and rainbow-coloured light refractions, and the edges of the screen even flicker and bend like you’re playing it on a CRT television. But this is no mere nostalgic landgrab for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. Narita Boy’s retro roots run deep. It’s a game that’s as much about old tech as it is indebted to it, and anyone who’s ever tinkered about with their PC and…

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Nostalgic metroidvania Narita Boy is out now

Nostalgia just seems to me like pandering, but Narita Boy‘s ’80s, neon, CRT aesthetic is delivered with enough verve that its trailers almost win me over. It’s a metroidvania about a boy trapped in a videogame world, trying to restore the memories of the game developer with the aid of their weapon, the Technosword. It’s out now via Steam. Read more