Electronic Super Joy (PC) Review

What if Super Meat Boy had a love child with electronic music? How would that child be exactly? Why look no further, folks!

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Electronic Super Joy is an indie game developed by the Toronto based developer Michael Todd and released in August of 2013.

Plot:

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I can personally guarantee that Electronic Super Joy has THE most interesting and gripping story in video game history (I really not being sarcastic), the game follows the events of the great disco wars where, basically, most of your limbs were stolen, however, one body part was stolen that you can not just forgive and forget about, not THAT body part, your butt, your butt was stolen. For some very odd reason I felt very motivated to play through the game and avenge my stolen butt. That’s pretty much the entire plot of the game.

Gameplay:

Drawing inspiration from Team Meat’s notoriously difficult game Super Meat Boy, Electronic Super Joy is akin to playing Super Meat Boy while someone continuously shakes you, throws stuff at you, and yells at you every other second, but in the most awesome way imaginable. Let me get this out of the way first, the game is so hard that I can not imagine someone finishing a level without dying at the very least two times, and I know I don’t suck that much, I’ve actually gotten pretty good at the game over the oh so many times I rage quitted it. You play the guy wanting to avenge his butt, moving him with the left and right keys along with the Z button to jump, the X button to smash while jumping, and the R button to reset, that if you’re unfortunate enough not to have a Xbox controller handy as the game is a lot easier played with a controller than with the keyboard.

The game consists of 45 levels over three worlds with 4 unlock-able levels, and a random mode. Each world generally ending with a boss fight that saying “induces rage” is an understatement. Beating the game’s three bosses rely primarily on extremely good timing and luck, sometimes even if you have the timing down perfectly you’ll get slaughtered by the insane amount of missiles thrown at you, or not seeing that one spiked ball because of how flashy the background is, or you simply got dizzy from playing the game for 3 hours straight.

At times the game rewards you with more powers such as double jumping, stomping, or at times, flying. Something I didn’t like though was that the double jumping was used for almost 3 levels and that was it, it was never revisited again.

Visuals:

Electronic Super Joy will make you dizzy if you play for long periods of time, I can personally guarantee that. The background is always flashy, things move around everywhere and you need to be keeping out with everything, sometimes the background gets in the way of that but to the most part, the game has some of the most charming visuals I’ve seen in an indie game, I can describe its visual style as a monochrome FEZ with tons of colors thrown in the background which works well for the game, save for my personal issues that I have mentioned.

Audio:

The game’s soundtrack is entirely composed of electronic music, with some dubstep thrown in for good measure. Mind you though I don’t personally enjoy electronic music at all, but this game’s music is so good it’s insane how entertaining the music is. Every world has it’s own theme which the music revolve of said world revolve around.

As far as sound effects are concerned, they are mostly limited to the sounds you make when you jump or stomp, with one exception that I’m pretty sure will grab the attention of anyone playing the game for the first time, mainly at the checkpoints, and I certainly do not want to spoil that for you, folks, just make sure you’re not around kids while you play the game.

Replay-ability:

Electronic Super Joy is mainly a short game, 4 hours worth in my gameplay session, however if you want to get every star, beat the best time for each level, and get absolutely 0 deaths for that one achievement, you’ll have to practice, A LOT, which gives the game tons of replay-ability.

Final Verdict:

If you’re a Super Meat Boy fan or a fan of challenging games in general, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not playing Electronic Super Joy. Despite it’s minor issues the game is an absolute must play for platforming fans and at $8 it’s a steal.

The game is also currently in the Groupees Be Mine X bundle in the $1 tier which is even more incentive to purchase the game.

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