Neko Journey (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

An evil wizard has ransacked a village and kidnapped a catgirl’s sister.  Guide the catgirl in this 2D platform jumping adventure.  Neko Journey is available on PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

The big draw with this game is that you can customize how your character looks right from the get go.  You can edit clothes, colors of outfit, skin, hair, and more.  Just make sure you save the changes!  Then you’re off on a 2D platforming adventure.  The game features 3D graphics so it’s more like 2.5D, really.  Jump on enemies to defeat them, collect coins to buy hints and more, and press the circle button for a dodge move.  Aside from visiting the ransacked village, that’s about it, really.

This game has so many problems, though.  The play control is awful and you barely have any control over your jumps.  It’s hard to tell what’s a pit you can fall into, enemies blend into the background, and the Banjo-Kazooie style voices are annoying.  I couldn’t get past the first boss because I think you’re supposed to jump on these clouds when spikes come out of the ground, but you just fall through the cloud platforms when you jump on them.  The whole game just feels very amateurish and unfinished. One of the worst games I’ve played this year.

Kid Factor:

Neko Journey is rated M for Mature with ESRB descriptors of Suggestive Themes and Nudity.  You can edit the breast size of your character and outfit them with a bikini, but I didn’t see any nudity.  Granted the game was so bad I didn’t get very far.  I can’t recommend this game for any age.

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