Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider Drops From The Shadows

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The Arcade Crew and JoyMasher have announced that Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider will release on Nintendo Switch this month.

This has looked to “channel the spirit of golden age 16-bit action games,” delivering an experience in which a state-of-the-art cyborg ninja called Moonrider has turned on its creators while defying its original purpose to set out on a relentless quest for revenge.

With a futuristic arsenal at your disposal to cut through your darkly powerful opposition, the developer has looked to keep “combat snappy, responsive and challenging.” You can retrieve powerful modifier chips throughout your adventure to customise the cyborg super soldier’s fighting style while gaining killer advantages and abilities.

“From using traditional audio recording techniques from the ’90s to limited colour palettes that’d feel right at home on a Sega Genesis, we wanted every aspect of Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider to faithfully pay homage to the formative era of games which ultimately inspired us to create our own,” explains JoyMasher co-founder Danilo Dias.

“The classic simplicity of action platformers continues to influence game design to this day, and Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is a tribute to where some of the best retro experiences originate from as well and our interpretation of how they can still evolve going forward.”

The publisher has outlined the game’s key features as below:

  • Created by Joymasher, the studio behind the amazing retro games Oniken, Odallus, and Blazing Chrome
  • Authentic retro-game feeling
  • Discover special modifier chips throughout your adventure and use them to customize the Moonrider’s fighting style with killer abilities
  • Incredible soundtrack
  • Eight deadly stages to overcome

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider will release digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 12th January 2023.

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