Fans of retro games may have noticed that many indie games that describe themselves as being “Retro” actually don’t feel old at all. Oh, sure, certain games have retro-styled 8-bit graphics and some may even feature characters designed specifically to replicate older games. But graphics and sounds are really just the coating of paint on top of the real body of a game. The guts of a game are all about gameplay. Most indie games, even they replicate old style graphics, don’t match the gameplay of the 70s and 80s.
In some ways perhaps it’s a good thing that most indie games feature modern gameplay. After all, game design has advanced significantly over the years, and mostly for the better. Why bother replicating something that’s now inferior.
Classic Gameboy games Tetris and Super Mario Land
I’ll tell you why: nostalgia. Older gamers simply love any game that recreates their most cherished childhood games. But the truth of the matter is this: you can’t replicate the experience of playing a retro game unless you replicate its gameplay. This is precisely what Super Scrapped Robot is doing. The moment you start playing Super Scrapped Robot you’ll think you’re holding a Gameboy. Not a colour Gameboy, and certainly not a DS or a 3DS, yuck! No, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time to the amazing days of the 80s, when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were all the rage and Ewoks were still kicking ass.
Ewoks: Cute and save the galaxy: bitch how ya gonna hate that?!
Super Scrapped Robot replicates everything about the Gameboy. The moment you start playing you’re welcomed by a trance-inducing simplistic soundtrack and a screen flooded with yellowy green, like a boggy marsh (“boggy marsh”? LOL—editor.). The controls are so simple your nan could play with ease. You use the arrows keys to move and space to shoot. And speaking of nan’s, the game’s so slow it makes sewing seem fast-paced.
Granted, many of my descriptions so far could be taken as criticisms. “Slow,” “Old,” and “Simple” aren’t exactly the most exciting or even the most positive words in the world. The thing is, in Super Scrapped Robot, all those elements come together to create an absolutely captivating gaming experience. I can’t play this game without remembering my childhood, specifically being in my dad’s car driving down the M40 to see family at Christmas, when my eyes would be locked on my old Gameboy. Good memories. Kinda memories that make this grey haired fool feel young again. And that can only be a good thing.
So, while I sit here remembering my youth, I strongly advise you to head over and play Super Scrapped Robot.
Closing Thoughts: Super Scrapped Robot masterfully recreates the feel of old Gameboy games. Fans of retro games are going to absolutely love it. Oh, and I totally adore the music; so simple and relaxing. Great stuff.
Overall: 8.8 out of 10