When not done right, a game can go a bit too far in its efforts to pay reverence to the source material that inspired it, resulting in uninspired pandering that does little to nothing to add back to the genre its attributed to. Then there are games that despite being outright love letters with their hearts adorned brazenly upon its envelope sleeve, that manages to give the genre justice it sets out to because the charm of it is too poignant to deny; Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap is that game.
Starring the self-proclaimed gentleman bat with a low-poly count named Mac, the game will have you dive into several micro-sized worlds that are loaded with an assortment of challenges for you to complete in order to collect that key at the end to finish the level. The game may be more of a puzzle-based affair than the platformer than it claims to be, but there’s no shortage of love for the genre that it homages with colorful characters, whimsical environments, and fetch quests that keep the experience fun from start to finish.
Did I mention that Macbat 64 is only $5 on Steam right now? Go ahead and install it on Steam right now, I’ll wait.