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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.6
Overall User Score (70 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Questicle.net (Jun 23, 2012)
I think it’s safe to say that I really enjoy Kid Icarus. I understand the complaints my younger self had with the game, but if I would have just given it the time and patience it deserved, I know I would have enjoyed it. I’m thankful that now, in my mid-twenties, I can appreciate the depths Nintendo tried to inject into the action platformer. Even during the initial success of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo wasn’t content to rest on their laurels and churn out wave after wave of side-scrolling Mario games. Kid Icarus took risks. God bless it for that.
Un gran juego, y uno de los mejores plataformas de la historia. Todo un tesoro para aquellos con el lujo de tenerlo en su colección, que sin duda aprovecharán para jugar con él incluso hoy día, ya que es tan divertido que nunca llega a cansar. La única lástima es que Nintendo no haya hecho una secuela.
NES Player (2001)
All said, Kid Icarus is a satisfying game that, once you get into it, you’ll play until the end. The only disappointment here is that it ends; a sign of quality code. This is a definite must-have for the gamer that demands a little meat to his adventure.
Pixel-Heroes.de (May 28, 2008)
Grafisch ist "Kid Icarus" sicherlich niemals ein Hingucker gewesen. Alles wirkt eher schlicht und praktisch. Die Musik ist dagegen melodisch und unterhaltsam. Insgesamt macht das Spiel aber eine gute Figur, da alles flüssig dargestellt wird. Außerdem ist es sehr abwechslungsreich und trotz des hohen Schwierigkeitsgrades spielenswert. "Kid Icarus" erhält deshalb von mir neun Punkte. Es war damals seiner Zeit deutlich voraus und kann heute immer noch begeistern.
Deeko (2007)
Overall this game is quite fun, but at the same time a worthy challenge. Moments that are forever stuck inside my head like that atrocious noise Pit makes when he gets hit. That insane sound that Reapettes make at Pit make me feel as if they are laughing at me on a personal level. Matter of fact most of the sounds and noises each character makes are quite ear painful, but fun. The music in the game is simply fantastic and gives a sense of victory. The title theme is one of the best around, unique, and will stay in your head forever. "I'm Finished!"
1UP! (Jul 09, 2004)
Certaines personnes ont beau dire, il n'est pas si étonnant que Kid Icarus n'ait pas reparu depuis tant d'années. Si le personnage et son univers sont très charismatiques, son action ne l'est pas autant, surtout en comparaison d'autres fleurons Nintendo de l'époque tels que Mario, Zelda ou Metroid. Ce n'est pas un jeu à la portée de tout le monde, les phases difficiles sont légion, ce n'est pas le plus beau jeu de l'époque, ni le plus intéressant et ce n'est pas un jeu vraiment populaire excepté auprès d'un noyau dur de fans.
NES Center (2000)
Kid Icarus ist ein absoluter Klassiker auf dem NES, den jeder eingefleischte Nintendo-Fan gespielt haben muss. Der einmalige Mix aus Adventure-, Action-, RPG-, Jump 'n' Run- und am Ende gar noch Shoot 'em Up-Elementen ist äußerst gelungen und lässt einen so schnell nicht mehr los. Die vielfältige Gegnerschar, das ausgetüftelte Leveldesign und die vielen zu sammelnden Items motivieren ungemein. Obschon man dem Titel sein Alter natürlich stellenweise auch anmerkt und auch der Schwierigkeitsgrad recht hoch angesiedelt ist, gehört Kid Icarus in jede NES-Sammlung. Und wer weiß – vielleicht überrascht Nintendo uns ja doch noch mit einer unverhofften Fortsetzung? ;-)
The game has a rather steep learning curve, but the rich and interesting world will likely be enough to keep players returning to Angel Land.
Total! (Germany) (Feb, 1995)
Trotz seines Alters gehört das Modul also noch nicht zum alten Eisen, das einzige Problem dürfte sein, heute noch eins zu bekommen...
SwankWorld (2004)
Overall, even after all of these years, this game is still enjoyable to play. The graphics for its time were about as good as they get. The sound throughout the game is a little repetitive, but catchy and it does change up at least every level. What makes this game one of the best is its lasting power, even after beating the game, it’s fun to keep replaying the game to see how much better you can do.
Retroage (Jan 19, 2014)
Kid Icarus to jedna z tych gier, które nie odniosły sukcesu w sprzedaży, ale są ciepło wspominane przez osoby, które miały okazje w zagłębić się w ich tajniki. Ta produkcja skutecznie żongluje między stylami i tempem rozgrywki. Jeżeli dodamy do tego ciekawe rozwiązania dotyczące gatunku, nietuzinkową oprawę graficzną i miłą dla uszu ścieżkę dźwiękową, otrzymamy smakowity kąsek dla miłośników ośmiobitowców i nie tylko. Niech bit będzie z wami!
Kid Icarus was, as I mentioned earlier, overshadowed by more prominent NES releases at the time. However, it shouldn't have been as overlooked as it was, for the game is actually rich in gameplay and spirit. Though not the prettiest game to date, or filled with the most depth, there is enough to enjoy about Kid Icarus that most classic gaming fans would be privileged to play it. Granted, it has its faults, but that's typical of most games. Thankfully, Nintendo saw the light a while back and released the game on its Virtual Console for the Wii so that gamers in the new digital age can get a glimpse of fun gaming from the past. Kid Icarus is a solid platformer/shooter released during the first generation of NES releases, but it has aged well enough over time to become an NES classic that need not be ignored.
TigerChainsaw (Apr 08, 2020)
The game had many new concepts to a game from that time, it was very difficult, but if I had played it correctly then the game would have been a little bit easier. The story was cool, although obviously, there isn’t a whole lot presented in the actual game. If you like platform, side-scrollers with mazes and a challenge I recommend it, if not. Move along.
Classic-games.net (Feb 05, 2018)
Kid Icarus is a good game bordering on great. It may have its flaws but is still quite good considering all it attempts. It sucks that it took so long for it to finally receive a sequel but now is a perfect time to relive the original.
Retro Game Age (Mar 12, 2012)
In the end these problems do drag Kid Icarus down a notch. I guess you can say that is the main reason it isn’t held in high esteem. And you know, his appearance in Captain N probably didn’t help either. But they don’t diminish the experience as a whole once you stick with it. Now is the perfect time to experience Pit’s first adventure in preparation for his upcoming 3DS outing.
Tilt (Jan, 1988)
En conclusion, une cartouche honnête.
Power Play (1987)
Selten habe ich ein derart komplexes Videospiel gesehen. Wenn man alle Dinge aufzählen und erklären wollte, die in Kid Icarus eine Rolle spielen, müßte man ein Buch schreiben (die Anleitung hat stattliche 47 Selten). Es spielt sich nicht nur sehr gut, sondern auch das ganze Drumherum mit Extras und Schätzen ist einleuchtend und logisch (tolles »Password»-Systern). Grafik und Spielprinzip sind leider nicht allzu abwechslungsreich. Doch wer viel Action gepaart mit Adventure-Einlagen mag. sollte an Kid Icarus nicht vorübergehen.
Joystick (German) (Jan, 1989)
Kid Icarus ist ein Programm, das sich jeder Besitzer einer Nintendo-Konsole ruhig einmal anschauen sollte. Besonders zu empfehlen ist es den Zelda-Fans, da hier scheinbar dieselben Programmierer am Werk waren. Kid Icarus gehört mit zu den besten Cartridges, die zur Zeit im deutschen Angebot erhältlich sind und ist durchaus empfehlenswert.
The Video Game Critic (May 01, 2012)
Some would argue that the incredible difficulty is what makes this game great, but Kid Icarus crosses the line into pull-your-hair-out territory.
Retroguiden (Jul 04, 2010)
Kid Icarus är legenden om pojken som flög för nära solen och brände sina vingar. I Nintendos händer har han förvandlats till en hjälte, stöpt ur samma form som Link, som växer med uppgiften och utvecklas genom spelet. Men Kid Icarus som spel är också legenden om det där fantastiska spelet från barndomen som få egentligen minns varför det var fantastiskt.
That’s where my patience with Kid Icarus ended. I’ve completed the game in the past, but that was back in a time when I didn’t realize that some games aren’t as good as others. Like so many kids of the early ‘80s, I placed Kid Icarus on the same pedestal as Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. I was even one of those guys who pined for a modern day sequel. Once I took off my rose-colored glasses, I realized that time has not been kind to this one.
Retro Game Reviews (Aug 30, 2014)
Overall, I was disappointed with Kid Icarus. I really wanted to like it and gave it multiple chances; however, the game is just far too brutal and would have benefited from different skill settings (like Mega Man 2) to make it more friendly to newcomers and hardcore gamers alike.

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