Kunai | PC, Switch | TurtleBlaze | Release: TBD
Countless games over the years have put players in the role of a ninja, but Kunai from TurtleBlaze is a little different. Instead of casting you as a typical Japanese assassin, the game puts you in control of Tabby, a tablet infused with the soul of an ancient ninja. It’s an odd premise, to be sure, but the game embraces it wholeheartedly, making for a charming, fast-paced Metroidvania adventure.
Kunai is set in a derelict, post-apocalyptic world where an army of evil robots has wiped out most of humanity. In true Metroid fashion, you must explore the expansive landscape, using the abilities you gradually acquire to navigate the environment and cut down enemies. The first one you’ll find is your katana, but that’s only scratching the surface of your arsenal; as you travel deeper into the world, you’ll acquire other weapons like machine guns and add new ninja tricks to your repertoire, such as a dash that allows you to phase through thin walls.
Your most versatile tools, however, are the titular kunai. You’ll pick up a pair of them early on in the adventure, but rather than using them to dispatch foes, these are more akin to grappling hooks. Throw the kunai at walls and you’ll be able to swing across chasms and climb up 90-degree surfaces. You can also throw both simultaneously and slingshot yourself up vertical shafts. Kunai is still a long way out, but between its acrobatic action and charming visuals, it’s shaping up to be a game to keep an eye on.