Joe & Mac

Here is an attempt at porting Joe & Mac to the Game Boy. While I’m always impressed at how developers can squeeze the essence of a video game into the strict limitations of the Game Boy, that wasn’t really enough to save the game for me.

I am a fan of the other Joe & Mac titles. This one gets a lot of the visuals right and the audio isn’t bad, but the game play leaves a lot to be desired. For one, you have to be very precise when landing on platforms, it’s very easy to fall through one if you’re not a good ways over the start of the platform. You can also just walk through walls in areas and fall to your death.

Hit detection leaves something to be desired as well. It wasn’t so bad for regular enemies, but some of the bosses take up way more space than their sprites look most of the time.

And then there’s the lack of enemy variety and cheap hits that are present throughout the whole game.

It’s by no means the worst game ever made, but if you can get your hands on any other version of Joe & Mac, play that one first.

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