Created by Notion Games LLC, Super Ubie is a 2D platformer that takes its cue from the likes of Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Kirby’s Dreamland, and I also spotted some Sonic similarities as well, being an uber fan of the blue hedgehog myself. Ubie is a…uh…blob-thing with limbs who has crash-landed his ship on Climate Island and needs to find the parts to escape as well as defeat the evil Dr Terrestrial. The “plot” just stands as an excuse to have Ubie running and jumping through many different levels, annihilating enemies by bouncing on their squishy heads and collecting bees, coins and apples amongst other things.
First point – it’s fun! It really is! If you’re a fan of the above mentioned games and 2D platformers in general there’s really not much to gripe about. Everything about this game is simple in execution, the controls, the artwork, the interface. It’s friendly and fun and that’s really all there is to it unfortunately.
The levels do progress as you go on and become more challenging. Those people who, like me, struggle with keyboard controls may wish to switch to a controller for the more challenging levels where precision is needed to reach those difficult areas. However I did persevere with the keyboard for a while – I mean, the controller is all the way over there and I can’t be bothered standing up, dammit! So it can be done but be prepared for some frustration if you don’t have nifty finger skills. There’s also something lovely and nostalgic about playing games like this with a controller, hunched over the screen, shouting abuse at the adorable character that won’t jump when you accidentally mash the wrong button in your frenzy to get the last coin. Ahh good times!
However the game is relatively short and can be completed in a few hours, probably four at the most and there’s not much, in fact nothing at all, in the way of replayability. I’m happy to recommend short games that pack a lot into the time and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling afterwards. But I forgot about Ubie the second I left the game and don’t feel compelled to go back and try and beat my scores.
The collectible items as well are relatively poor and seem just thrown in as an afterthought. I’m still not sure what the point of the bees was as the rewards weren’t great, just more coins. Collecting coins though does allow you to buy tunes so Ubie can listen to them on his spaceship, which is pretty cool considering the soundtrack is one of the main plus points of this game. It’s got all the upbeat goodness and memory-inducing qualities of the likes of Sonic and Mario without the repetitiveness that drives you mad when you have to replay a level for the squizzillionth time. You’re less likely to tire of that here though as the artwork is very charming. It’s cartoon-like and colourful and simple so will appeal to people in their 30’s and above.
It’s hard to diss this game because it’s so likeable and fun and it’s certainly worth checking out but I would wait until it’s on sale before purchasing, as you might not return to it after playing.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a copy of Super Ubie Island Remix Review for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.