From first-time developer Studio Koba, Narita Boy [official site] is the kind of 1980's love letter that always hooks me so easily, it's embarrassing. But what am I supposed to do? It's a pixel-art side scroller, starring a boy wonder programmer, zapped away to a Digital Kingdom, armed with the zippy Techno-Sword, surrounded by monolithic CRTs, boating across neon hellscapes, eating like electrified bologna sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Techno-Sword is the ultimate melee weapon, but can also spit out shotgun blasts and laser beams. Nartia Boy is facing corrupted enemies, big bosses, and, in general, saving the synthwave world from the invading Stallions, a group of rogue code trying to impose electronic authoritarianism on everything else. The whole time you'll learn about the Digital Kingdom's elusive creator, a la Ready Player One.
To be published by Team17, Narita Boy caught their attention when Studio Koba's successful Kickstarter got over 5,000 backers back in 2017.
By the way, appearing in the Steam Game Festival means that Narita Boy has a playable demo right now.
Narita Boy is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC this Spring. It will also be on Xbox Game Pass for PC and console on release day. Thank yooouuu, Game Pass.