Pass for me. Looks boring and repetitive even by genre standards, and the characters repeating the same voice quips over and over is just obnoxious.
Plus, maybe I'm just old or jaded or nitpicking or whatever, but all the references and callbacks are similarly annoying, even though the whole point probably IS the references, and people like me ought to be the target audience. A timely wink and a nudge can be clever or add charm, but when the entire game is just beating you over the head with "Hey, here's that one thing from that awesome game/movie from when you were young, isn't this amazing?!", it doesn't strike me as being funny or interesting. It just feels like creative bankruptcy, and that the game doesn't have an identity outside of taking complete "inspiration" from what's already been done before, and better. Instead of playing a game that reminds me of a bunch of great parts from Turtles in Time or whatever, I'd rather just go play the genuine article again. I got the same feeling from Blossom Tales just recently too, there's a difference between paying homage and just straight-up copying things wholesale.
Not to bring up a game that we all already wish was physical but isn't, but I feel like Scott Pilgrim nailed that balance with much more grace and class, being a love letter to various games and gaming culture while not being overbearing about it and still being its own thing and having a lot of creativity.
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