Super Ubie Island Remix Review – If it ain't broke, don't fix it

QUICK GLANCE:

  • Platform: PC, Wii U (coming soon)
  • Players – 1
  • Achievements – No
  • Steam Trading Cards - No
  • Controller Support - Yes
  • Retail Price - $9.99

High Level Premise – Old School Platformer

Graphics/Style – It's a nice simple, yet appealing, cartoon style that is reminiscent of some classic games without going 8-bit.

Music/Soundtrack – Up-beat, fast paced, and pretty catchy

Story – You're a weird globy little alien named Ubie who has crash landed on a deserted island and must now find the parts to repair his ship and get home. While on your quest you'll also help the Queen of the Bees save her children, collect turnips, and thwart the plans of the nefarious Doctor Terrestrial.

Replay-ability – Pretty high. Every level has three bees that you can save but aren't necessary to collect, so if you're anything like me you'll blow through the main game and then go back and play through to get the bonus stuff.

Time Commitment – As easy to put down and pick back up as a classic platformer like Super Mario World. The game itself is fairly short too.

Value – As said above, the game is somewhat short so $9.99 might be a little high, but if you're a fan of platformers I think it's well worth it.

Favorite Element – Most of the levels require precision jumping and control so you tend to die a lot. While this might sound like a weird thing to enjoy, it's fun to play a level 10 times trying to get it just right and it feels great when you finally finish it. If you've played games like Super Meatboy or Hotline Miami you'll know what I mean.

There are a lot of games out there these days trying to capitalize on classic gaming. Many of them are poorly designed money grabs that try to barf roughly 8 to 16 bits worth of nostalgia in your face so you won't notice there's very little in the actually game play department. Then there are games that are crafted with love as homage to old school goodness we still fondly remember from our childhoods. Thankfully, Super Ubie Island Remix is the later rather than the former.

It's a straightforward platformer that plays like the weird love child of Super Mario 2 and Super Meat Boy. Controls for the titular Ubie are very precise, and he (or she? it maybe?) can float like Princess Toadstool in SM2. The jumping handles extra nice which is good because most of levels require precision leaping to get to the end. Expect to play a lot of the stages multiple times before you get them right. This isn't a bad thing though, the game supplies just enough frustration to make you want to keep trying without chasing you away . I will admit though there were moments where my dying, anguished screams of “NOOOO MY BEEEEEEEES” almost gave my pet chinchilla a heart attack.

My only complaint with this game is that it could be longer. There are 4 worlds, each with several levels. I finished the game fairly fast so it left me wanting more. Even with that in mind this is a well-crafted love letter to classic platforming and I would gladly buy it again. Two globs up!

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