Review by Matt S.
It’s not like I dislike roguelikes. City of Brass (also available on Nintendo Switch) would have to be my favourite “shooter” or all time, and I grew up playing the likes of Shiren the Wanderer and Rogue itself. But like with any genre, a roguelike is only great if it makes something of the genre – is the hard-as-nails permadeath looping mechanic is used to enhance the underlying theme. Nothing about the roguelike suits anything -punk, and so with Black Future ’88 there’s a clash between gameplay, and using the theme as anything more than an aesthetic.
There’s nothing wrong with how Black Future ’88 plays. It’s actually quite exceptional. But there are a lot of exceptional roguelikes and hardcore 2D platformers, and Black Future ’88 lacks the narrative or context that it really needed to stand out against its many competitors.
– Matt S.
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