Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic JRPG set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons and pop culture.
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Release Date: Jan 29, 2014

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“Saturday Morning RPG is a steal for anyone who grew up with 80′s cartoons. The references will keep you smiling and the interesting combat will keep you playing. I can’t suggest it enough.”
9/10 – ZTGD

“Nailing those references and that innocently-entertaining atmosphere is precisely what makes Saturday Morning RPG so special. If you merely existed in the eighties, or have experienced things from that time, you’ll likely appreciate most every single bit of this love-letter to the era.”
8/10 – Hardcore Gamer

“I find that I want to play more episodes and can’t get enough.”
9/10 – Root Gamer

About This Game

Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic JRPG set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons and pop culture. Players take the role of Martin "Marty" Michael Hall, an average high-school student who has just been granted an incredible power - a power that ultimately leads him to attract the ire of the world's most notorious villain, Commander Hood! Saturday Morning RPG features a full soundtrack by legendary composer Vince DiCola (Transformers: The Animated Movie, Rocky IV) and his composing partner, Kenny Meriedeth (contributor for DuckTales, Power Rangers, X-Men, and others).

TECH SPECS:


  • Episodic Gameplay: The story and gameplay of Saturday Morning RPG takes place across several episodes, each of which tells a complete self-contained story. Players can play any episode in any order, at any time! All of your stats and items carry between episodes. It’s a unique spin on the tried and true New Game Plus mode. On top of that, small decisions made in some episodes will carry forth into others – adding a layer of replay to each episode. Five episodes are included!

  • Active Turn-Based Combat: Saturday Morning RPG draws quite a bit of inspiration from games like Nintendo’s Paper Mario series. Battles in the game are turn-based, but the player is always participating by actively defending against attacks and completing reflex tests to power up their own assaults.

  • Defeat Enemies With Regular Stuff: Marty fights all his battles in the game by channeling magic through everyday objects. Use a pack of striped gum to summon rainbow zebras that trample your foes – or call upon a transforming action figure to morph you into a semi-truck!

  • Nostalgia Fueled Everything: Everything in Saturday Morning RPG centers on nostalgia. Marty receives his magical abilities thanks to a certain kind of garish plastic notebook, he can equip scratch ‘n sniff stickers to get statistical boosts, and he’ll traverse worlds inspired by the entire gamut of Saturday morning cartoons.

  • Endless Battle Mode: Take on wave after wave of enemies in an endless survival mode where resource management becomes everything!

  • Optional Arena Battles: Take on powerful enemies in optional arena battles. Two fights are currently included, with more coming as free updates.

  • Controller Support: Full support for game controllers.

  • Steam Achievements and Trading Cards: Earn over 70 achievements and collect 8 trading cards.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent - 2 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any DirectX 9.0c Compatible Card from 2006 onwards.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: Intel based processor - 2 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ compatible video card
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent - 2 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ compatible video card
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
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Very Positive (354 reviews)
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weeklongworld
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
title is wrong i played this friday morning
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Greg
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Buggy trash.
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VentusX111
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Honestly what else can be said about this game except its great! Its nostalgic, its got some ridiculous battles I love it!
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Xanatos
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
The idea of it sounds like fun, but the gameplay was terrible. There isn't really much more to write about it. It's just dull.
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Aries360
( 25.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
DELIGHTUL AND ENTERTAINING TO THE MAX. I'm glad this is in existence. <3
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Not Alex
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
Woah, Hey guys!

Welcome to this pretty cool game.

The game is fun and people who are into late 80's early 90's culture will have a blast playing it

Pros:
-Awsome references
-Funny dialogue
-Good Pre-Battle perk system
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Cons:
-battles become stale and uneventful
-unmemorable soundtrack
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Good Game if you can pick it up for cheep
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Edno
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
This was a great game, maybe a bit short but good, thanks devs !
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lagerbottoms
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Nostalgic fun, worth it on sale. I enjoyed it for the short time it took to play through it.
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Csontzuzo
( 31.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Are you 30+ years old? do you think there are no new good movies/music released nowadays and you think best musics/movies from 80s/90s? Then this game for you.

its retro with fun comments, dialogs, easter eggs for 80s movies.

The game itself challenging aswell, fights are interesting, you can equip your character with various "weapons".

If you see it on sale, buy instantly, however it totally worth the full price, this is a game what worth supporting so we will see more episodes:-)
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JeJe
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
I actually played this on a Sunday, but it's still good.
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kwsuther
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
On occasion I find myself in a "gaming slump" - Thankfully, Saturday Morning RPG was there to pull me from my distressed state and make me feel like a kid again.

Everything I loved about growing up in the 80s is there in one subtle reference or another.

The only thing disheartening about this game is that there aren't more episodes. :`(
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Thee Man
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Just an fun rpg that keep ya busy for hours and will keep ya launghing too!
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Fargin Noob
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
A decent RPG that has a nice old school saturday morning feel to it (duh). I love the references, but younger kids probably won't get some of them; that's okay.

Some issues I have with it though:

1. The art styles don't match; you have a 3D world with clearly 2D pixelated characters, and the two don't mix well. Almost need to go high resolution 2D art to work well here.

2. Having to waggle the thumb stick every fight gets annoying very quickly. Just let those stats be static and always on so we don't have to do this.

3. Sneak attacks don't give any actual sneak bonus; even if you get one, the enemy is likely to attack first.

I'm going to spend some more time with it, but early on it feels good as an RPG.
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ch3wbucca
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Loved the idea of this game, however the gameplay made this game hard to get into depsite really wanting to like it.
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Sage Beltane
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
I really want to enjoy this game. It has great tongue-in-cheek humor, a repetitive combat system that is somewhat less repetitive due to the large amounts of attacks (which are minigame and luck based).

However, on Mac, this game crashes consistently. I have about 20 mins in this game, and I have already had to restart the game 4 times.

Can't recommend based on the bugs encountered.
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SpektreZeroSix
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
It has Wilhelm screams
10/10
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Gumball Watterson
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
A reference heavy Super Mario RPG inspired 80s/90s Cartoons Nostalgia-Gasm . If that made you cringe this isn't the game for you. May I suggest The Witcher 3?
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[VS]Rogue
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Are you interested in a game that plays and feels like a real love letter to not just 80s cartoons but essentially all of 80s pop culture, from Skeletor to Back to the Future to every high school movie, written by and for children of that era? If so, then this game is for you. If not, then you are sad and I have no desire to speak to you further.

The music by Vince DiCola is worth the price of admission by itself--it felt like a lost happy chapter of Transformers the Movie. The gameplay is simple and a little repetitive but like the tropes and plotlines of all our favorite memories it runs its course before it wears out its welcome.
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Melwing
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
This is a really fun old-school style turn-based RPG with a late 80s/early 90s vibe - full of nostalgia moments to SO many things, from Trapper Keepers to sewer surfing. The battles are incredibly easy and there tend to be a lot of them in a row, but that's typical of the genre. A VERY fun game, definitely worth picking up on sale, or if you're into the genre/time period- full price is reasonable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9SpWYG5Eo
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CooperTeam
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
I am a big fan of RPG games, but even a bigger fan of Parodies. This has a very nice mix of both.

Saturday Moring RPG is the ideal RG for people who are classic gamers as well as classic cartoon lovers from the 1980's to 1990's. The game features well over 100 pop culture items, enemies, comments, even the famous enemy one liners we all know and love since comic books.

Such things that are featured are as follows...

Basket ball = Labeled as (This ball is on fire), which is a reference to the arcade game called NBA JAM
Marty = A character reference to the movie "Back To The Future"
Hover Board = A reference to the movie "Back To The Future II"

and many more that I will let you find out on your own.

The RPG Game is almost played like Super Mario RPG for SNES, and also a cross from Undertale. Many of the RPG concepts are in this game, so many RPG fans will get a kick out of this RPG.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Just an fun rpg that keep ya busy for hours and will keep ya launghing too!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
On occasion I find myself in a "gaming slump" - Thankfully, Saturday Morning RPG was there to pull me from my distressed state and make me feel like a kid again.

Everything I loved about growing up in the 80s is there in one subtle reference or another.

The only thing disheartening about this game is that there aren't more episodes. :`(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Are you 30+ years old? do you think there are no new good movies/music released nowadays and you think best musics/movies from 80s/90s? Then this game for you.

its retro with fun comments, dialogs, easter eggs for 80s movies.

The game itself challenging aswell, fights are interesting, you can equip your character with various "weapons".

If you see it on sale, buy instantly, however it totally worth the full price, this is a game what worth supporting so we will see more episodes:-)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
I find it a shame and astonishing that a game as good as Saturday Morning RPG has not done better commercially. The game has some crazy achievements, such as fighitng 1,000 and even up to 5,000 battles, based on an initial idea of 20 episodes. Since it didn't do well, they had to limit their ambitions to six episodes, hopefully with a fine tuning of the achievements in the future.

But why is all this necessary? The game has everyone a gamer would be looking for. A series of episodes with a simple story, with tons of nostalgic references for one thing. I mean the main character is a guy named Marty, who rides a hoverboard, and gets his powers from a mysterious man known as The Wizard. The retro graphics are a joy to behold, the music is killer, and the gameplay is a very solid Paper Mario/Super Mario RPG type of thing, with button presses for better defense and better attacks.

Not to mention your magic spells use everyday objects, from cookies and paper airplanes, to swords and baseball bats, up to toy aircraft carriers and transformer-like figurines. Hell even your notebook plays a part in the game as depending on the cover and the stickers you can enact various bonuses before each battle.

As it stands at this time there are four episodes, with total time of about 10 hours to get through all of them. There is an arena mode against two semi-tough bosses, and endless battle challenges based around each chapter. You can get the grindy achievements I mentioned earlier legitimately, but my first run through the game got me less then even 100 battles, not counting everything else. Still if you want to, the game is a pleasure to play, and with the huge episode 5 coming early next year, there's no time like the present to get in and get ready for it.

Super totally awesomely retro-nostalgia recommendation.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
It's on sale for $0.97 and you haven't bought it yet? Hello, anybody home? Think, McFly!

If you got that reference and you grew up with these graphics then this is your game. I even recommend it at full price. Just take a look at the names of the achievements, the developers get 80's culture in the very best way.

Now power up with a scratch n sniff sticker, paralyze that Badbot with a moonwalk and wang his buddy on the head with your keytar!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
This is a really fun old-school style turn-based RPG with a late 80s/early 90s vibe - full of nostalgia moments to SO many things, from Trapper Keepers to sewer surfing. The battles are incredibly easy and there tend to be a lot of them in a row, but that's typical of the genre. A VERY fun game, definitely worth picking up on sale, or if you're into the genre/time period- full price is reasonable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9SpWYG5Eo
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Loved the idea of this game, however the gameplay made this game hard to get into depsite really wanting to like it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
A decent RPG that has a nice old school saturday morning feel to it (duh). I love the references, but younger kids probably won't get some of them; that's okay.

Some issues I have with it though:

1. The art styles don't match; you have a 3D world with clearly 2D pixelated characters, and the two don't mix well. Almost need to go high resolution 2D art to work well here.

2. Having to waggle the thumb stick every fight gets annoying very quickly. Just let those stats be static and always on so we don't have to do this.

3. Sneak attacks don't give any actual sneak bonus; even if you get one, the enemy is likely to attack first.

I'm going to spend some more time with it, but early on it feels good as an RPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Hilarious in a good way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This is the nostalgic trip down satirical memory lane you need to feel like a kid again. Funny, chocked full of references, and with a story set up as corny and unique as old Saturday morning cartoons you will be entertained for hours. Granted, there are only four episodes right now so you won't be playing real long. However, it looks like the developers might be slowly making more. Overall, if you love RPGs, you'll want this in your collection. It's a definite win.

Pros: Wonderful writting, well developed turn based gameplay, more than just the main story to play, great soundtrack

Cons: not a lot of episodes right now (i assume more are on the way), (if you're using the keyboard) the z,x,c,v buttons are your action buttons for battle at times and you may accidentally hit other buttons (this sceme cannot be changed)

neutral note: It may benifit you if you have a knowledge of 80's pop culture. Not really needed but I feel it may help you get the jokes better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I am a big fan of RPG games, but even a bigger fan of Parodies. This has a very nice mix of both.

Saturday Moring RPG is the ideal RG for people who are classic gamers as well as classic cartoon lovers from the 1980's to 1990's. The game features well over 100 pop culture items, enemies, comments, even the famous enemy one liners we all know and love since comic books.

Such things that are featured are as follows...

Basket ball = Labeled as (This ball is on fire), which is a reference to the arcade game called NBA JAM
Marty = A character reference to the movie "Back To The Future"
Hover Board = A reference to the movie "Back To The Future II"

and many more that I will let you find out on your own.

The RPG Game is almost played like Super Mario RPG for SNES, and also a cross from Undertale. Many of the RPG concepts are in this game, so many RPG fans will get a kick out of this RPG.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Are you interested in a game that plays and feels like a real love letter to not just 80s cartoons but essentially all of 80s pop culture, from Skeletor to Back to the Future to every high school movie, written by and for children of that era? If so, then this game is for you. If not, then you are sad and I have no desire to speak to you further.

The music by Vince DiCola is worth the price of admission by itself--it felt like a lost happy chapter of Transformers the Movie. The gameplay is simple and a little repetitive but like the tropes and plotlines of all our favorite memories it runs its course before it wears out its welcome.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
A reference heavy Super Mario RPG inspired 80s/90s Cartoons Nostalgia-Gasm . If that made you cringe this isn't the game for you. May I suggest The Witcher 3?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The mini-games are a blast. You'll like it if you like highschool themed jRPGs.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Fun game so far and at a great price
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
It has Wilhelm screams
10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I really want to enjoy this game. It has great tongue-in-cheek humor, a repetitive combat system that is somewhat less repetitive due to the large amounts of attacks (which are minigame and luck based).

However, on Mac, this game crashes consistently. I have about 20 mins in this game, and I have already had to restart the game 4 times.

Can't recommend based on the bugs encountered.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
BUY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Amazing rpg i've ever played!
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70 of 85 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHzrUCTYolY&feature=youtu.be

Nostalgia is a powerful force and one look at what's currently on the market for gamers can attest to what a soft spot consumers have for it. The downloadable market is flooded with games that emulate everything from 16-bit RPGs to 2d platformers. Kickstarter has brought us updates and sequels to the games we grew up on and some of the key titles that defined the childhoods of 90's gamers have received HD re-releases. While some games simply play the nostalgia card to give us the warm fuzzy feelings that get us to open our wallets faster than an inebriated middle aged man at a strip joint, others use nostalgia as a vehicle for humor and personality. Saturday morning RPG falls into the latter category.

Following an interesting episodic structure, Saturday Morning RPG places players in the role of Marty, an average teenager who is given a magic trapper keeper by a power glove clad figure called The Wizard in order to face off with Commander Hood. It waste's no time conjuring images of Fred Savage and a certain band of real American Heroes. Each episode plays out like an episode of your favorite 1980's cartoon with some sort of malicious force attempting to carry out a destructive plan and your Hero's journey to thwart their efforts. The episodic structure is actually quite interesting, your level and inventory carries over between episodes and players can go back to previous episodes to uncover missed items and sidequests. Also there are a couple minor cases where something that your character does in one episode carries over in another. The narrative elements are minimalistic but some characters carry over between episodes creating a bit of continuity. The problem is that characters have very little personality, they instead lean too heavily on what they are supposed to reference. Players who are unfamiliar with the source material used to create these characters will find little interest in them and some of the jokes centered around some of these characters read like overused memes.

Unlike most RPGs, Saturday Morning RPG doesn't dwell too much on it's narrative and in instead a bit more focused on combat and it managed to offer a surprisingly robust system for a small budget title. Aside from sharing an acronym with Super Mario RPG, Saturday Morning RPG borrows heavily from the timing based combat system in Mario's first role playing outing. Timing button presses during attacks yields greater damage and timing a button press at the last second can help players avoid major damage. Almost every special attack has some sort of mini game that requires a bit of skill and dexterity to make the most of. In addition, turns can be sacrificed in order to charge Marty up, giving him a damage multiplier. The charge function can be used in one of three ways, the first and most effective requires players to rapidly press buttons to build the multiplier, another requires timed button presses to make the most of the multiplier's potential and finally there is a charge function that requires no interaction but yields the smallest multiplier. Being able to dish out five times the damage in a single turn makes it well worth foregoing an action. Additionally, there are dozens of items and up to five can be equipped--each giving Marty a new special attack. Their abilities recall the abilities that Final Fantasy's Blue Mages are capable of learning and provide a mix of offensive and defensive skills.

The final piece of the combat puzzle comes in the form of stickers and covers for Marty's magic trapper keeper. The cover can be swapped out for a stat buff and up to five scratch and sniff stickers can adorn the front. At the onset of each battle, a fixed period of time is allotted for players to scratch each one of these stickers. Doing so can further buff Marty's stats or debuff your foes. The catch is that the more rewarding the buff or debuff, the more time it takes to scratch the sticker so finding the most beneficial combination of stickers that you can feasibly and consistently activate before each battle adds an appreciable degree of strategy.

The problem with this whole system is two fold, the first of which is that fact that it can make the game exhausting to play. Starting each and every battle furiously smashing our analog stick back and forth to scratch stickers then mashing the A button like a coked out woodpecker in order to gain the highest multiplier become taxing. It should be noted that Saturday Morning RPG was originally designed with phones and tablets in mind so some control input issues are not surprising. The other, more serious problem however is that the game is simply too easy. Anyone who is reasonably quick and has respectable timing will breeze through the game largely unopposed. It is completely feasible to build a multiplier in one turn and knock a boss out with your second action. There is one fight however that is an appreciable test of your skills and ability to strategize to be uncovered.

Rounding out the trip down memory lane, Saturday Morning RPG features a hodgepodge of graphical elements to recall games of the past. Characters are composed of 16 bit style sprites but inhabit a 3d world recalling the look of Paper Mario. The environments are rendered in simple 3D with a cartoonish aesthetic. Unfortunately the environments can appear too simplistic at times with blocky geometry and flat textures. Being a mobile device port, it's not surprising that the tech isn't up to scratch but a little more spit and polish for the PC release could have really given Saturday Morning RPG an invigorating style. Audio is generally strong however with a soundtrack composed by Vince DiCola of Rocky IV fame and Kenny Meriedeth.

Saturday Morning RPG a solid and enjoyable game for those familiar with the pop culture of the 1980's and early 1990's but gamers unfamiliar with the bag from which it pulls it's gags are less likely to be tickled by it's appeal to nostalgia. Even so, the robust combat system and episodic gameplay make it really enjoyable to play and if you feel so inclined, replay. It's just unfortunate that players who want a bit of a challenge have to dig for secret boss fights to find it and that your favorite input device may fall victim to the harsh stick waggleing and button mashing required to play. Even still with a budget price, four complete episodes to enjoy and a fifth and sixth on the way, the good exceeds the bad and if you are of the right temperament, you may even find the experience totally righteous.
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