HE'S GONNA TAKE YOU BACK TO THE PAST
TO PLAY A KILLER GAME THAT KICKS ♥♥♥
Well now that that's out of the way, AVGN Adventures is a well-made love letter to all things AVGN. It's filled with all of the things that make the Nerd the Nerd. He complains about various design choices along the way, and when you die you're given a randomly-generated complicatedly vulgar insult about how much he hates the game. Levels, enemies, bosses, and even the pause menu music are based on games he's reviewed. There are plenty of cameos from the Nerd's fellow Internet personalities, and various characters that have been on the show. And the final level and final boss are exactly what and who they should
Plus, you know, the level design's pretty darn good, too.
AVGNA is designed to delight through the frustration. It's not I Wanna Be the Guy hard, but it's a tough-as-nails platformer. And what would you expect, considering that this is not only an homage to the Nerd, but also to the frustratingly difficult and poorly-designed games that he's played over the years. But therein lies the mastery in this game. A good parody should include the things that made the subject awful, but without actually being awful itself. It's a challenge, but AVGNA pulls it off without breaking stride.
I mean, it's not perfect. Most of the stages contain a number of the same enemies, only reskinned to suit that stage. Which, of course, is all part of the big parody. But the invincible things that fly in infinite circles start to get pretty tired by the end.
Also, the final boss will rock your world. Difficulty is gradual in the game. You can play the stages in any order you want (and can revisit completed ones, if you so choose), but if you play them in the order they appears on the stage select screen, you will find a pleasant steady increase in difficulty as you go. That said, the final boss was much tougher than anything else I faced. I got him eventually. But man did that take FAR more tries than any obstacle before it.
The music is great, and whatever you hear perfectly suits the situation you're hearing it over. The game is visually appealing and colorful. Controls are responsive, which is a must. The Nerd shoots as fast as you can tap the button, meaning speedier button mashers will have an easier time with most of the bosses (if I had just gotten two more taps in, I could have killed the first boss during his very first vulnerable period). The four different characters (three of whom must be unlocked) each have their uses, and I found myself using each one in different situations over the course of the game. There could be more powerups. By my count, there are four, and one of those can ONLY be used by the Nerd himself.
Also, you get to kill Navi 10/10GOTYAY