3D platform games seem to be on the up and up again, thanks in no small part to Yooka-Laylee and the upcoming Crash Bandicoot. What I didn’t expect to find, however, was a 3D platform release that’s trying to beat them all at their own game, by sticking to the original methods and playing on the nostalgia factor in every conceivable way.
I’m talking about Macbat 64, a new game by one man band Marcus Horn (aka Siactro). Based on first impressions alone, it looks like it’s come straight out of a Nintendo 64 (cheeky box art aside), with low-poly visuals, a 4:3 aspect ratio and a very much inspired by Banjo-Kazooie story featuring a rather posh Bat. Beyond that there’s mini-games, random NPC interactions, plenty of collectables (in the grand tradition) and even kart racing. It’s rather enticing from a retro point of view, especially considering its a brand new experience … though the question is out as to whether the its reliance on such a high level of nostalgia pays off.
Based on a few comments by Marcus on the official Steam page, it seems the beta phase went very smoothly, so all signs point to a solid launch. I’ll admit, I’m kinda interested to try it. I worry that it might falter due to the camera system … and yet, something tells me I’ll appreciate it even more because of that. Anyone like me who grew up marvelling over Super Mario 64, and continues to visit that world every once in a while, should find a nice little place to call home for a while here.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on Macbat 64, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, if you’re as curious as I am, you can pick this up on Steam on March 18th.