It's not too often that we see a developer perfectly capture the essence of retro gaming but Super Retro Squad looks to be one of the few exceptions. Super Retro Squad is an indie based effort from the same chap who created Super Mario Bros. Crossover, which as you may recall was a Nintendo mash-up of complete retro goodness. With Super Retro Squad there’s still an apparent retro feeling but this time out it’s a wholly original project that seeks to entice gamers yearning for bygone era of sprite based action.
Super Retro Squad keeps things simple by being a 2D platformer complete with visuals to evoke the good times gamers had playing Mario or Metroid back in the early 1990s. But Super Retro Squad takes its retro inspirations one step further by featuring a robust cast of characters that are all inspired by classic video game characters.
Now the whole character element of Super Retro Squad may sound lame as some people may think we’ll simply see a Mario clone that has a color palette swap, but the game does take things a step further. You see while the characters in Super Retro Squad will be inspired by classic video game characters their abilities and powers will be entirely unique and original.
Character abilities will even be upgradeable so there’s going to be room for growth whether it involves having better strength or a better jump ability. All the characters in the game will have a core identity based on whoever their inspired by, but in general there’s going to be an even balanced between retro goodness and new elements to potentially give us a gaming experience that perfectly melds old-school and new-school.
The characters in Super Retro Squad play an integral role in the game not only on the gameplay side of things but they also have a major impact on the actual levels as well. Included in the game will be eight worlds (clocking in at around 40 levels) that will each be based on a particular character. That alone ought to keep game variety high as each world will have a unique look, special set of challenges, and different enemies. It may sound like Super Retro Squad is merely an awesome collection of random stuff thrown into a blender in the hopes of making a nice blend, but the development team is striving to include a cohesive story that will hopefully make sense of everything.
Super Retro Squad has already successfully reached its Kickstarter goal but there are now new funding goals being set which will see extra goodies included in the game such as an achievement system and even a new world and character being added in the mix. So if you dig games that achieve the perfect mix of retro while not being too silly then check out the Kickstarter page for Super Retro Squad.