The very first console I ever owned (which to this day I’m not 100% sure if it was a Commodore 64 or something similar … long story), used to use a tape deck to play its games. It took a long, annoying time for Space Invaders to load up, hence I never really played it often, but it was pretty cool. Cooler still was the collection of storybook tapes I used to listen to, stories like the A-Team and He-Man, which I used to flip over from side A to side B to continue the story.
Those were the days.
Super Mixtape reminds me a lot of that early 80’s era, though I certainly don’t remember my tapes running around or jumping across my living room to solve puzzles, but … well, close enough. It’s a mixture of platforming and puzzle solving, where you’ll be switching the tape from side a to b in order to get across tricky chasms as the world flips back and forth.
As the game suggests, there are two sides to every story, and two sides to every cassette tape. You’ll need to time your world flips, but you’ll also be rotating your plastic character (called Tumble) which can alter the way you move and jump through the world. You’ll also be able to change the beat (hence the mixtape part of the title), altering the background audio which in turn can change the world around you.
There’s so much to love about the look of the game, from the 80’s style prompts, the screen resolutions and size and the 8-bit soundtrack, it’s everything we love about the classics with a dash of modern puzzle solving to keep us entertained. Super Mixtape enters early access on Steam this week, allowing users to enter into this retro filled world and help the developer, UK’s Polygrammatic Limited, to continue to build upon what they’ve created.