Kamiko (2017)


“No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly…and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.”
― Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji

Beneath the automotive bluster and colorful attraction of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a little game called Kamiko stepped silently into the Nintendo Switch eShop. Released by publisher CIRCLE Entertainment and developer Skipmore, Kamiko is an indie action-puzzle game in the style of an arcade top-down hack ‘n slash inspired by Shinto theology. If that sounds complicated, rest assured. It’s not.


What you get for an affordable $4.99 is essentially a short exercise in speedrunning with simple action gameplay. Its substance is limited but it is nonetheless enjoyable and manages to capture some of the addictiveness of old arcade games, perfect for Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid. This game seems to lend itself to short train rides, carpooling, or lunch breaks since there…

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