Mangavania - Nintendo Switch Review

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“Jump Back into the Retro”

Game Info:

  • System: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
  • Publisher: Sometimes You
  • Developer: Alexander Nikolaev
  • Release Date: April 26, 2023

We’ve said this before and we mean it, sometimes simple is great in the gaming world. Not every game needs to be extremely complex and look ultra-realistic and be best played on 4k TVs. That’s why when we saw Mangavania, our eyes instantly fell in love. This old-school-inspired action game is mostly black and white, is pixel art themed, and looks like it was released on the NES. We finally dove in for a closer look and now have our thoughts on this interesting title. Does Mangavania warrant ponying up $5 dollars or should you save that money for a cup of coffee? We find out in our review of Mangavania for the Nintendo Switch!

A Ninja on a Mission!

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There isn’t much to Mangavania, so we can pretty much summarize this indie title easily enough. You play as Yuhiko, who just so happens to be a ninja on a mission to save his brother. How does he accomplish this? Simple, by saving souls, killing baddies, and finding keys to open doors. Really, the story here isn’t going to be the main draw for Mangavania but it at least gives you a small incentive to jump around doing ninja things!

Retro Gameplay At its Finest

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Mangavania’s greatest strength is the gameplay which is extremely simple—we can’t stress that enough—but fun and easy to pick up, play, and master. As our little ninja you’ll be thrown to various levels where the goal is simple, find several red souls to open the door and complete the level. Like classic games all over, your ninja will deal with various enemies and only has three hearts to survive. Falling, getting hit, or taking environmental damage costs one, and losing all three means game over. You can continue from a checkpoint using crystals or just restart the level from the beginning.

Speaking of crystals, these are your game currency which you’ll want to nab not just for continues but for upgrades such as gaining a double jump, a bow, and various other special abilities that will help you beat levels faster. There are also the occasional bosses that will test your ninja skills and these are fun but spread out across levels. Levels have plenty of replay value as there is a constant timer judging your speed and making the speed runner in all of us gamers just want to push for better times. Mangavania is fun and that is why we can’t deny it harkens to easier gaming days.

Classic Feel In Every Shape and Form

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What we love about Mangavania is the classic design from the almost entirely two-color visuals—there are a few other colors in there we promise—to even the UI design. The menus feel ripped from the 80s-level selection screens and even the upgrade system is just a simple buy-it-and-move-on concept. Mangavania will probably be disliked by newer-age gamers who can’t appreciate the old-school days but us older bees here at Honey’s Anime love the memories we found ourselves diving back into when we began our adventure in Mangavania!

The Price is Unbeatable

Honestly, with games being nearly $70 now, a $5 game is easy to recommend! Mangavania might not blast you with high-end visuals and a deep gameplay design but we don’t think that was the developer’s intention. Mangavania was clearly meant to be an easy-to-play game but plenty of room to master the indie title, and it accomplishes this without a doubt.

Final Thoughts

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Mangavania won’t be noticed by everyone—probably due to its look and themes—but we think you’ll be missing out if you judge a game by its cover. We really loved our time with Mangavania and are still trying to beat some of our earlier times just because we can! Plus, for only $5 you’re getting a pretty amazing game that clearly was meant to bring us back to our youths!

Are you going to don your ninja garb and play Mangavania? Comment below to let us know if you are when it releases on the Nintendo Switch this April 26th! Be sure to keep stuck to our ninja-like hive here at Honey’s Anime for more game reviews, anime articles, and all things we otaku love!

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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