If there’s a show that has the most 80s references on television right now, it’s probably Cartoon Network’s Regular Show. I got the chance to play the upcoming title for the Nintendo 3DS, Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land, and it had just as many of such reference as you’d expect. Additionally, it’s a great game.
While the game may not be exactly in 8-bit, what with more fluid animations and graphics, the retro feel is definitely there at full speed. The game has four worlds consisting of gameplay in the vein of a side-scrolling platformer, side-scrolling arcade shooter, and a top down shooter adventure. The fourth world is essentially a mix of the three put into one. While I only got time with the platforming and arcade shmup sections, everything felt like a solid, old-fashioned challenge, especially with the fact that the game has one-hit KOs. Nowadays, most games have some sort of health bars or meter; the one-hit KO mechanic is something fairly rare that provides a very satisfying challenge to the game.
Suffice to say, this game is challenging. One of the best things about Regular Show is how accessible it is to the young adult audience, what with its many retro references. It follows then that the game would be just difficult enough for its audience, rather than being made easier for the children today. Back then, in the days of the SNES or Sega Genesis, many kids games were ready to kick you in the ass (I’m looking at you The Lion King for Sega Genesis). Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land might not exactly be brutal, but it will test the average gamer’s skills. Basically, don’t be deceived just because it’s based on a show from Cartoon Network.
You basically control both Mordecai and Rigby, an anthropomorphic blue jay and raccoon, respectively. Being able to switch between the two with the push of a button makes platforming pretty interesting as you use each one accordingly to either double jump over or crawl under obstacles and enemies. Mordecai is the focus of the shoot-em-up section as he turns into a fighter plane to shoot down enemies. I didn’t get to play the Rigby portion as the top-down shooter, but I’d imagine it’s just as awesome.
Regular Show for the 3DS will also contain an all new story written by series creator J.G. Quintel. As you collect various golden cassette tapes on every level, you can unlock various things like concept art. Also, bonus stages after every level give you another chance to unlock some more items like lives.
With titles like Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and Mighty Switch Force! under their belt, it’s evident that WayForward Technologies has put their experience to good use with Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land. You can look forward to playing the game yourself when it hits the Nintendo 3DS library on October 29th, 2013.