Super Magbot – Switch Review
Super Magbot, a platformer where you CAN’T jump. Yeah, it confused me as well., but with impending doom coming to the galaxy…you don’t really get to choose your hero. Enter trusty Magbot. An explorer bot who cannot jump, but has magnets to help him travel.
The premise is simple. Complete the level’s as fast as you can and move onto the next area saving each planet you come to. The gameplay? Not so simple. There are crazy jumps to make, projectiles to avoid, saws to jump over, and a ton more. Remember you cannot jump. How can you have a platformer where you DON’T jump? Remember Magbot’s magnets? Those will allow you to push and pull yourself depending on the polarity you use. Throughout each level there are red and blue platforms in key spots, activating your magnet on these will either pull you closer (to allow climbing) or push you away (to allow jumping).
You only get a limited amount of charges to perform the jumps, luckily they recharge fairly quickly. When you’re playing through the levels, you will need to think ahead and use a combination of both polarities to get you to the goal, a piece of the planet. This game requires some pinpoint timing and thinking outside of the box to be able to complete these levels. If that isn’t enough the game starts throwing other things to collect like star fragments, which usually isn’t on the easiest path to the goal. You’ll need to try different things to be able to work your way to them, for example, I had to get on a ledge, aim backward at a small corner of a blue pad that barely stuck out past the ledge, to shoot myself backward. It was a little satisfying to perform a trick like that when I was really stumped, to begin with.
Fans of these types of platformers will adore Super Magbot. I myself am a bit slower to react and it took me quite some time to get it down. A lot of the time making the same mistake over and over. It also didn’t help with the joycon drift my switch has. It forced me many times to restart the level because I would just simply walk off a cliff or drift into a nasty saw blade. If you have big hands like me, use a “real” controller. The joycons were uncomfortable to play long periods with, and you will be with 100+ levels.
The story itself was entertaining. It had some humorous scenes, but with so many levels to play, there really isn’t too much story when there could be hours in between them when you need to put 20+ levels behind you to see the next one. There are boss levels where you need to combine everything you learned throughout that planet and get yourself to defeat the boss. It was a great change of pace and amped up the difficultly. What really shines are the graphics and music. The 16-bit-like graphics are beautifully done and really fit the game well. With there being so many different designs in levels the designers and artists did a fantastic job. Mix that in with Moonsailor’s chiptune soundtrack. It really just seals the deal in the audio/visual department. Very well done.
The replayability is absolutely there. Do you want to just play the game? Or master it. Do you want to collect everything in every area? How about online leaderboards to compete for the fastest and best time? Even after you complete a planet, you can go back and play harder levels if you’re feeling up to it. Those up to the challenge will definitely meet one in Super Magbot.
In the end, Super Magbot is a good platformer with some new movements to set it apart from existing gems like Super Meat Boy. Diehard platform gamers will enjoy the challenges and differences that Super Magbot brings. While more casual gamers may want to give it a shot to see if it’s in their wheelhouse. It may not be for everyone, but it’s a fun journey.
Note: GameOctane received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for review is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience. All opinions therein are from the author alone.
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+ Quick smooth controls
+ Plenty of replayability
+ Decent story to pull you along
+ Awesome boss battles
- Have a good controller, joy-con drift kills the game