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Akatori has that Neo Geo look I can't get enough of

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Over on the Guerrilla Collective livestream today, a bit of gameplay for upcoming metroidvania Akatori made an appearance, showing off the game's first boss. There' a copy of the trailer embedded above.

Without considering too deeply whether or not I actually feel like playing a new 2D platformer, I'm a fan of Akatori's look. The flat layers and color palette are what I associate with Neo Geo arcade games like Samurai Shodown and Metal Slug, which to me are the height of sprite-art (though obviously Akatori's not so pixely).

Akatori stars Mako, who has the ability to switch between parallel dimensions—it seems like the modern-day scenes may be one of those dimensions, contrasted with the past. "Explore the worlds full of magic and secrets, find friends and allies and try not to let the ancient God awake," demands the Steam page (opens in new tab).

A little unusually, Akatori is listed on Steam with a TBA release date, but aside from this trailer, the latest news is that it's looking for more funding. The developers are launching a Kickstarter campaign this summer (opens in new tab).

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Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.