Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, developed by FreakZone Games, is based off of the popular internet series The Angry Video Game Nerd. There have been fan-made games based on the series for years now—he's even done an episode on them—but this is the first official game. It's a 2D platformer, with each of the game's nine levels taking you through a different type of level, from snow to the future, avoiding death and generally shooting and platforming your way to the end, where you fight a big boss. The game is chock full of references to the series. and I mean full. While big fans of the show will love it, it may be off-putting to anyone else looking to play the game.
One of the selling points of the game (aside from the license) is how rewarding it is. As quoted on the game's Steam page:
"Some say "hard" we're saying "rewarding!" Why? Because every check point you get, every boss you beat, every accomplishment is earned. You feel like like a stud. This is a game that allows you to brag to your friends if you beat it."
The general idea is that each bit of progress you achieve is earned fairly and feels good. This would be accurate, if not for the extremely liberal use of the instant death block.
And constant death wouldn't be a problem if the game was built for it, and the game feels like it was; there are plenty of checkpoints and fast respawns (if you're playing the current updated version), but attached to it all is a life system. On normal difficulty, it's fine. You get thirty lives before you have to retry the level. But on any of the higher difficulties, you get fewer lives, and a continue system even comes into play (hard/"old school" mode gives you fifteen lives and five continues before starting the whole game over). The Easy mode gets rid of all that with infinite lives, but gives you way more health and weaker enemies, making it feel a little too easy. But if you like self imposed challenge runs, you'll probably like this—the highest possible difficulty is one hit before you have to restart the game.
Overall, AVGN Adventures is a fun experience, if not held back a bit with a die hard devotion to the old days, and with a sequel coming later this year, I can't wait to see how they've improved the gameplay.
Wait, the sequel has water levels? Never mind, it's shit.