Review: Black Future ’88 (Nintendo Switch)

Black Future ’88 is a Synth-Punk roguelike 2D action Shooter. Vertically climb an always evolving procedural tower to reach the top and kill its insane owner…before your heart explodes. Shoot, slash, dash and upgrade yourself to survive the endless waves of Homicidal AI, Traps & Colossal Wardens.


  • Pixel art graphics.
  • 1.9gb download size.
  • Tutorial support.
  • Banging soundtrack.
  • Roguelike shooter gameplay.
  • 5 characters to unlock each with unique load-outs.
  • Assist mode-can slowdown time.
  • Daily challenge complete with a leaderboard.
  • Hud scale slider.
  • Music player.
  • Very difficult.
  • Optional side tasks for rewards.
  • Map-uncovers as you play. Enemies can drop a map node which you use to fast travel to any discovered room.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Handy auto lock-on shooting mechanic.
  • Loadout-2 weapons.
  • Health/ammo/guns/money drop from enemies.
  • Mods/installs that add either a bonus/buff/curse.
  • Stunning world to play in.
  • Levels randomize every run.
  • Earn EXP and level up to unlock new items/mods that will appear in the game.
  • Stats screen and run breakdown.
  • Fun to play.
  • Just a cool futuristic vibe.


  • Hard to see at times.
  • UI can either be too small or too big as it’s not transparent.
  • Never quite sure what’s going on.
  • It takes a while for the game to kick up a gear.
  • Slow starter.
  • Picking up items is a hassle.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


Black Future 88 is a solid roguelike game with a cool astetic but it does have a big barrier to entry. The tutorial is short and doesn’t tell you a lot, the game is a platformer with a lot of shooting. You can find jew guns in game and fast travel all over the map, you have control on where and when you go, once you hit the threshold the boss door will open and that is always a fun encounter. Being a roguelike you lose everything upon death and unlocking new mods items and characters is your permanent unlock rewards. I love the world they set up and how it all plays but its just hard to see what’s going on half the time. No matter the settings you can easily lose your character to the background and it just slows it all down. Overall its a good roguelike that takes a while to get going but once it clicks it provides many hours of fun.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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