Tiko is a short bug-eyed prune… thing that is on a mission to put a stop to the evil wizard’s plans by recovering the Eternal Crystals. In this nostalgia-filled adventure, Juiced! focusses on what made the retro platformers of the 8/16 bit eras so monumental by perfecting its basics. However with all that it manages to do, the question remains whether Juiced! does anything to call its own.
- Responsive and intuitive controls
- Challenging whilst not being frustrating
- Engaging boss battles
- Messing around with power-ups is a lot of fun
- Well considered level design
- A lot of bang for your buck considering its 10+ hour runtime across 15 worlds.
- Touchscreen controls in menus – nice touch!
- Nostalgic TurboGrafx-16 graphics that replicates the brightly bold colours of the Bonk series.
- Unlock and equip fun hats and masks.
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- Paper-thin narrative about finding and retrieving magic crystals
- Occasional frustrating pitfalls that cannot be seen until you fall down them
- Art aesthetic is basic and unappealing at first glance
- Repetitive music
- Cringey sound effects.
Final Score: 70%
Juiced! feels like a nostalgic fever dream; it’s either aggressively mediocre or genius and after many hours with it, I still can’t quite figure out which one it is, even after years of reviewing games. In many ways, I gave Juiced! the benefit of the doubt considering that the vast majority of the game was created by a single developer as a hobby project but due to its somewhat generic presentation, it may still slip under the radar of many Switch owners flicking through the eShop.
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