The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Luke Hemming 30.10.2020 1

Review for The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe  on Nintendo Switch

Taking inspiration from Cinemassacre series 'The Angry Videogame Nerd', the double pack of titles included here both follow a simple formula. Minimal plots involving Aliens and a near perfect re-creation of the plot to Captain N: The Game Master (Which was incredible and should be on Blu-Ray) that leads into a standard 2D platformer starring the aforementioned Nerd himself.

Each level explored is a pixel perfect homage to the kinds of levels that would drive children of the late 80's to madness. Patience is key with every touch of the directional pad requiring pin point accuracy and timing. Lasers dominate the Mega Man-esque future while barrages of ghosts blur across the screen in a 'Vania style gothic castle. Even with a minimal knowledge of videogames, at least one of the stages littered across the two titles are sure to raise a smile. Bright vivid sprites fill every crevice and with an extensive knowledge of what works, it's clear that level design has been created with the help of the Nerd himself.

Taking inspiration from Cinemassacre series 'The Angry Videogame Nerd', the double pack of titles included here both follow a simple formula. Minimal plots involving Aliens and a near perfect re-creation of the plot to Captain N: The Game Master (Which was incredible and should be on Blu-Ray) that leads into a standard 2D platformer starring the aforementioned Nerd himself.

Each level explored is a pixel perfect homage to the kinds of levels that would drive children of the late 80's to madness. Patience is key with every touch of the directional pad requiring pin point accuracy and timing. Lasers dominate the Mega Man-esque future while barrages of ghosts blur across the screen in a 'Vania style gothic castle. Even with a minimal knowledge of videogames, at least one of the stages littered across the two titles are sure to raise a smile. Bright vivid sprites fill every crevice and with an extensive knowledge of what works, it's clear that level design has been created with the help of the Glass-Wearing one.

Screenshot for The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe  on Nintendo Switch

It's this however that does work against The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe in some respects. Although the level design and progression has been carefully crafted to emulate the games of the era, the door swings both ways. Items are placed in often almost impossible situations and everywhere the Nerd turns is another death-trap that can so easily be stood on. There are even blocks specifically designed to implement instant death just a little too frequently. Balancing these out however are frequent save points and forgivable checkpoints, often however the distance between each becomes a running gauntlet of survival more than a delicate platforming dance.

By its nature, the AVGN pack is going to appeal to a niche audience. The majority of UK gamers are more than likely unfamiliar with the humour and content of James and his crew and players of a certain age are also often looking for a more casual experience over a hardcore jump-fest. For the fans however, this may be as close to a perfect imagining of what would a Nerd game should be. Unfair at times but responsive controls ensuring that the only person to blame for an error is the gamer themselves. Add to this text-based quips that perfectly suit the situation as well as commentary on exactly why a certain section is a ball ache captures the mood of any episode perfectly. Easter eggs also litter each level with appearances from most of the AVGN crew in either powerup or backdrop form.

Screenshot for The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe  on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

The Angry Video Game Nerd: I & II Deluxe may actually have permanently damaged any further AVGN episodes by James Rolfe. By taking all those years of experience reviewing the worst of the worst, the game based on his visage has taken all those elements and crafted an incredibly fun pair of platformers. As a re-release there have been a number of welcome additions and compared to the original PC releases both are a lot more forgiving than previously. It's a must buy for any fan and an invitation for new players to revel in the unique humour while playing a tight, fun platformer at the same time. Not a whiff of Buffalo Diarrhoea to be found here.

Developer

Screenwave Media

Publisher

Screenwave Media

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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Comments

My love for AVGN is about the same amount as my hate for this game Smilie
I haven't tried II though...

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