Black Friday week is now in full swing, sales are flying and GOG is giving away another game. Today’s offer is Narita boy (opens in new tab)a combat-heavy pixel platformer set in a digital world in a 1980s game console.
We thought Narita Boy was pretty good when we reviewed it in 2021. “Slicing and dicing enemies feels snappy, and there are plenty of ways to take out an enemy without spamming the attack button,” we wrote in our 70% rating (opens in new tab). “Boss fights are more challenging, but not as much as I expected. These dramatic encounters feel more like showing off the idea behind the creation than they are actually difficult. One boss fight had me dodging a giant mechanical carp in a bathhouse when I surfed on a giant floppy disk, which was pretty awesome.”
It is of course not without drawbacks. The world can be confusing and it’s easy to get lost in it, and the graphics are a bit too retro in places, sometimes making it hard to distinguish exits and other room features from general background images. Overall, though, it “removes the baloney from ’80s gaming nostalgia and pairs it with an epic fantasy story with a serious core,” which is a pretty solid recommendation in my book, and even more so when it’s free.
Narita Boy’s giveaway is part of GOG’s Black Friday sale (opens in new tab), with big discounts on all kinds of games and bundles, daily deals (although they seem to run for two days, so make the most of it), and publisher’s collections. As always, my favorite section is the “Deepest Discounts” category, which includes the Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition (opens in new tab) for less than $1 (including the soundtrack, which is worth the price on its own) and Deus Ex: invisible war (opens in new tab) for the same price, if you finally want to see what it’s really like. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (opens in new tab) is also 85% off, an excellent price for an excellent shooter.
Newer releases are marked down too, if that’s your thing, though not quite as dramatically: Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) is half price, A plague story: Requiem (opens in new tab) is 20% off, and Horizon: Zero Dawn Full Edition (opens in new tab) includes a 60% discount. As usual, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition (opens in new tab) is also marked down to a tenner, which is an especially good deal considering it’s free next gen update (opens in new tab) finally arrives. (While browsing, though, don’t forget to check that Steam isn’t offering an even bigger discount – it currently is running your own fall sale (opens in new tab)).
Narita Boy is free on GOG until November 25 at 9am ET. GOG’s Black Friday sale itself will run until November 30th at 6pm ET – and yes, there will be other game giveaways, so you might want to keep an eye out. For even more deals, don’t miss our running list of the best black friday pc gaming deals (opens in new tab) from 2022 – it’s everything you need to know about where to spend your money.