Tanuki Justice Review
(full review further down)
Tanuki Justice is a fun, short, old-fashioned shooter that can be quite intense. Each hit from an enemy makes you lose a life, so planning out your attacks and making a perfect and calculated move is very important.
Good: Graphic style, controls, enemy variety, soundtrack, level.
Bad: Not a lot of options and pretty short.
If you’re looking for a short but intense thumb workout, or you're just looking for a game to play on the train, you might want to consider this side-scrolling shooter that’s both crazy fast and hyper cool called Tanuki Justice on Nintendo Switch, by developers Wonderboy Bobi.
Set in the Feudal Japan era, Tanuki Justice will have you jumping platforms and kicking butt by taking on a big variety of challenging enemies. And did I mention that you get to play as a Tanuki Ninja? With one or two player (offline only) options to choose from, Tanuki Justice is a short but gruelingly challenging shooter, and is the perfect title to take with you on your next trip. There’s no real story to bog down gameplay in this game. Just simple shuriken slinging action that will have you battling your way toward the end.
Each level finishes with a fun boss fight that will have you pulling out your hair and punching the wall.
You’ll have an unlimited supply of shurikens (aka ninja throwing stars) to shoot oncoming enemy ninjas, or monkeys, or deadly birds or many others. But if you’re lucky and find the right treasure chest to unlock (out of dozens per level), you're bound to find a larger, more powerful shurikens that will do greater damage. When you’ve killed enough enemies and maxed out your special bar, you can use it to call on a monster shurikens that flies across the screen for massive damage. When I played, I realized how tough the game progressively got, but was delighted with how good the controls for the characters were.
Each level finishes with a fun boss fight that will have you pulling out your hair and punching the wall. But if you work hard enough, and figure out the bosses patterns and attacks, you’ll beat them in no time. Just be careful, you only get a handful of lives and a single hit will take a life away.
These challenges are extremely difficult for the average gamer, but should feel rewarding if you manage to accomplish unlocking any or all of them.
The levels in Tanuki Justice are vibrant, bleeding with ultra-bright colorful and presented in a beautifully-nostalgic 8-bit style that fits the gameplay and premise spectacularly. Added to that is the fun but fast-paced music that will keep the beat up and you at the edge of your seat when you're on that final life. Especially with unlockable trophies for accomplishing certain challenges along the way— such as killing a specified number of enemies, or beating the game on intense mode without using continues. These challenges are extremely difficult for the average gamer, but should feel rewarding if you manage to accomplish unlocking any or all of them.
Sadly, Tanuki Justice has little to offer beyond the few, short levels and powerups, but it’s worth the affordable price if you enjoy this genre. Tanuki Justice is both cute and ferocious, but in this game being cute and ferocious can be a deadly combination.
A game code was provided for this review from the publisher for Nintendo Switch.