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Kid Niki - 20081999120000 by Shadow Lord
Game:Kid NIkiCompany:Data East
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Kid Niki is a very light take on the samurai quest. The cartoonish graphics and cheery soundtrack belie a very difficult game. Niki, a ponytailed samuari who looks like he stumbled out of an anime movie, is equipped with a sword that he can use with dazzling speed. After a confusing introduction, you are given a map of your progress (a la Ghosts N' Goblins) and a preview of the stage boss. Then, its time for the asswhomping to begin.
Kid Niki is very fun to play, because it is a tricky, yet not very taxing, platformer. It is a rare case of a quest game that keeps a light and flippant attitude throughout (almost all "light" quest games turn serious at the end). The foes are imaginative, and they are distinctly different on how they attack. Best of all, the oriental element is captured well in the scenery, the architecture, and the characters themselves.
However, there are a few problems. First, when fighting bosses, Niki always loses his sword after a successful hit. I imagine this is to even the odds, since Niki's so fast with his blade, but it is annoying to have to retrieve your weapon each time! Also, the story is quite confusing: you are collecting scrolls after you kill each boss: hold up for a second, weren't you trying to save your girlfriend?!?
MAME does perfect emulation with this one. The graphics, pacing, and music are all just as I remembered from the arcade.
The verdict: if you are looking for a game that is challenging, but not a hair-puller, that has fast action and good graphics, give this one a shot. If you enjoyed Ghosts N' Goblins, I strongly recommend you try this one.
Graphics
8
8
Sound
Play Control
8
6
Challenge
Replay Value
8
10
Performance
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