Game review: 'Rikki & Vikki', puzzle solvers
Rikki & Vikki is a retro puzzle platformer released in December 2018 by PenguiNet. Programmed from scratch to be compatible with the Atari 7800, it's also out on PC with controller support.
The game has single player & couch co-op modes; Steam's version also includes co-op remote play.
Its story is fairly simple. Two foxy parents (Rikki & Vikki) get an unexpected visit from the Misery Dragon (demon lord of inconvenience), who steals their kids, forcing them to go through 100 different levels down to the center of the earth to rescue them. What ensues from then onward is an arcade-style gameplay that looks similar to Bubble Bobble (1986), but plays more like Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004). In some instances, the puzzle-solving is combined with quick action, with a challenging difficulty level very much in line with Cuphead (2017) and older-style arcade games.
The difficulty, while high, never feels impossible. There are basically two ways of playing through the game: going for a high score with only three lives, or the sane way: having infinite continues but no score. If you play the sane way, and really put your mind to it, you know that, even if you fail a hard level repeatedly, on the next try you'll have learnt some new pattern that gets you closer to the win. It's not an adventure for the faint of heart, but with patience and focus, it's very playable! Gotta git gud!
And the graphics are gorgeous! Retro but cute, it's particularly impressive that they run on a real 8-bit machine. The PC version goes for $10, while the Atari physical cartridge for $60 includes the game's packaging and an instruction booklet just like an Atari licensed game. The audio's chiptunes on the real cartridge are managed through an added coprocessor, like the Super FX used by other old games such as Star Fox to enhance their features.
To take full advantage of the game you really have to try out the co-op mode. Single player and multiplayer have similar but not identical levels. There's coordination involved in playing multiplayer, just like two foxy parents would need in rescuing their kids! You'll probably need to take a few breaks though; trying to pull through the whole game on a single sitting could be rage-inducing.
My favorite aspect of the game is of course the furry characters. A game is always better when it's got cartoon animals in it. After careful research, I can verify this game is 100% free of hoomans. The art included in the digital manual is spot-on, with cartoon creatures that wouldn't look out of place in a late 80s game release.
Rikki & Vikki feels like a very special game made with love and a clear vision, following a genre I honestly wish were more popular because it deserves to be. There aren't many co-op puzzle platformers out there. This one's a great one!
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This game sounds brilliant. I know what I'm doing this Saturday night!
One problem: Why are dragons always the villains? As a furry (in both senses of the word) dragon, that makes me a bit disappointed. I haven't seen a good dragon game since Spyro!
Love 2 get game reviews from white supremacists banned from Eurofurence
Is he racist? I've never heard anything about that until now... ...but I don't spend much time on this site, so that's a given.
Yes, he is a member of white supremacist chats and the Furry Raiders and loves posting the N word, that got him banned from our chats
I'm pretty annoyed by that. What difference does skin colour make? One of the YouTubers I watch is black. His content is brilliant, possibly better than plenty of other content creators. I hope Mike changes his ways and treats other races with respect.
And I hope people stop trying to claim authority through affiliation with a convention while posting through a proxy. Though somehow, I doubt that'll happen. At least we know who Mike is, and his views on the superiority of the Golden Retriever race.
Which EF staff member are you
The non-existent type
Lol, but you're probably really banned though
At least if he's playing Atari games that's one less racist person on XBox Live.
Maybe one day he'll go, "you know, I actually like talking about furry content more than making edge lord jokes to other edge lords" and drop the later.
If he doesn't, then he'll continue to get downvotes due to the baggage he puts upon himself by trying to put humanity's dirty laundry on one racial/religious subset.
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