Huge classic platformer with several power-ups and 8-16 hours of main story & 300+ hidden locations just begging for exploration · 56 big Levels · 5 huge worlds
User reviews: Mostly Positive (478 reviews)
Release Date: May 6, 2014

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"...8BitBoy is made with an undying fandom love and you could be doing a whole lot worse with those $4.00."
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February 1

8BitBoy 1.53 performance overhaul (PC)

This update has been long long overdue. There were some problems with both 1.51 and 1.52, so I decided I would skip those and go directly to a major update called 1.53. Unfortunately moving to a new place and life in general, prevented me from doing that as fast as I would like to.

So what has happened to 8BitBoy? The core mechanics of the game has been optimized all-round and the game-engine has been updated extensively in several ways. This should decrease lag and increase performance for PC users. This is especially true for Nvidia users who used to experience problems with lag and changing framerate.

Still no good news for Linux users i'm afraid. 8BitBoy is based on Node-Webkit and it's still not working properly with Linux. So I really hope there is a solution soon. No would like 8BitBoy to be on Linux more than any other platform.

Mac users aren't missing out on this update, because 1.50 runs splendid already on Mac.

I hope you enjoy the new tweaks and find the PC version of 8BitBoy more fluent than earlier builds.

Have fun guys!

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Reviews

“A fun game that any fan of classic platformers will enjoy”
8/10 – Universal Gaming Reviews

“8BitBoy is an enjoyable yet quite hard learning experience that’s worth all the times you die, and more.”
8.5/10 – Novo Adagio

“8BitBoy is an excellent re-creation of the games that started it all”
7.9/10 – ManaPool

About This Game

Huge classic platformer with tons of power-ups and 16+ hours of main story & 300+ hidden locations just begging for exploration. 8BitBoy is a tribute to all the greatest platformers of the 80s and 90s and a symbol of my endless love and passion for gaming.


· 8-16 hours main story!
· 56 Levels + huge 5 Worlds
· 300+ Hidden Locations!
· Hidden Warp zones!
· Coin collecting game + tons of Power-Ups
· Boss-battles
· 60 fps frame rate (GPU dependent)
· Frequently updated with new content


Appropriate for all ages

* Full Xbox 360 Controller Support
(Auto switch - push button A to enable)


Who's 8BitBoy?



8BitBoy is out of a job, and quite frankly he's depressed about it. Then he suddenly remembers all the good times he had as a kid, playing his trusted 8-bit console. Deep down in the far and darkest corner of the basement he finds it along with a strange looking cartridge. He plugs in the cartridge right away, and get sucked into a vivid, but decaying world of platforming. And this is where your adventure takes off.

8BitBoy is the platformer I always dreamt about playing as a kid.

It's a fantastic mash-up of the greatest of the late 80's and 90's and a complete game on it's own terms. This is a true tribute to old school gaming and by no means a walk in the park, but it's also never unfair. With big challenges, the sense of accomplishment is always bigger and better.

To me, 8BitBoy is the ultimate classic platformer on PC and Mac. and a symbol of my love and passion for gaming.

Yours Sincerely,
Rasmus Kønig Sørensen
Indie developer and sole creator of 8BitBoy

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core AMD or Intel / AMD E-350 APU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 / Radeon HD 6310
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or Keyboard
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.1 or above
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo / i3 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9400M / Intel HD 3000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or Keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 85 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
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Personal Rating: "Worth purchasing during a sale"
Traditional Rating: 6 out of 10
Genre: Platform Adventure
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8BitBoy is billed as a huge platformer (with 16+ hours of main story) by the developer on the Steam store page for the game but that is a bit of a misnomer. Whoever is taking 16+ hours to clear this game is either 90+ years old having never played a computer game in their life or a 2 year old toddler who is in the process of developing his/her hand and eye co-ordination. Having played for just over three hours I have already managed to reach the fifth and final world. Sure I can see a bit more longevity in the game if you seek out all the secret rooms within each level but 16 hrs is definitely pushing it. Also if there is a story in all of this outside of some grown man booting up his 8-bit console and magically getting sucked into its game world then I must have missed that part.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=355374546
Booting up the game you are greeted with a simple message from its creator who professes his undying love for everything gaming related. There is no denying he was obviously heavily influenced by the platformers of yesteryear - particularly Super Mario Bros. - because at the heart of it 8BitBoy is a simple Mario clone (with the main character and the world he inhabits basically ripped straight from the 80's Nintendo Mario classics). Mushrooms are replaced with birds as our titular copy-paste hero bounces on heads to remove enemy obstacles. In much the same way Mario punched blocks to reveal coins and power-ups so does 8BitBoy. It's all very...retro chic but without the chic bit. 8bitBoy does give the player the abilty to shoot projectiles but its never really explained why eating fruit such as blackberries gives the hero the ability to shoot out tiny little fireballs. If you played any of the old NES Marios back in the day, 8BitBoy will be instantly recognizable as you traverse its five different worlds. Where the game excels is in delivering a great little chiptune soundtrack although it's very limited musical array starts to repeat fairly early on.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=355373493
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As a homage, 8BitBoy is perfectly serviceable and while it isn't going to bring down the house it should offer those looking for some 8-bit nostalgia a relatively fun-filled time. In the end 8BitBoy achieves what it sets out to do...almost! It's still no patch for the actual games it's inspired by and I would say you are better off going to play the original Mario SNES classics, which are freely available all over the internet today, but considering the price ($3.99) and that clearly 8BitBoy is made with an undying fandom love and you could be doing a whole lot worse with those $4.00.
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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
It's more 16 bit.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
At a glance, one might be tempted to conclude that 8-Bit Boy was nothing more than a cheap Super Mario Bros. knock-off. While the game unashamedly barrows from said title (not to mention a number of other classic platformers), 8-Bit Boy nonetheless manages to please. Ironically, it is because it harkens with such transparency back to many-an-old-school side-scroller that this title is such a surprising joy to play.

The controls are very good--much better, in fact, than many of the games from which it models itself. Level-design does not disappoint either; while simple, they are all just about the right length and offer some pretty rewarding treasures for those adventurous enough to explore all the nooks and crannies. In fact, once you have beaten the game, you are able to select any stage in order to collect anything you may have missed on your first path.

The difficulty gets kind of steep in places (I had to resist a rage-quit or two), but it is not so brutal that the challenges cannot be overcome with a little persistence. Keeping at this one and making progress turns out to be very rewarding, and the bosses are fun to tackle and put away.

The soundtrack, while not mind-blowing, is a notch above serviceable, making it plenty good for this sort of outing. The composer certainly succeeds in capturing the old-school tunes of yesteryear, which actually get to be rather catchy after awhile rather than annoying.

Graphically, the game appears a "bit" archaic, but since every ingredient in 8-Bit Boy is designed to evoke late-80's gaming, they are perfectly suitable.

I have returned to old games like Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, and Donkey Kong Country again and again. 8-Bit Boy is like any of these titles in the sense that it can be enjoyed more than once on account of it being well-designed, fun, and relatively short--especially once you get dialed back into the "twitch-thumb" playing you used to do while sitting in front of the old cathode ray tube, Nintendo controller in hands.

So if you have a hankering to revisit those crusty-old NES cartridges, you might want to grab this inexpensive game as an appetizer. You likely won't be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Great indie platformer, totally worth the price for anyone loving old-school platformers!

PROS

+ 8-bit stuff (graphisms, music)
+ Very simple and intuitive gameplay
+ Replayability with Ultra difficulty mode
+ Not so easy (YUP THAT'S A "PRO")
+ Nostalgia

CONS

- Can't find one. Seriously, for a really cheap game made by an independent developer, you'll need AT LEAST 4 hours to go through all the levels, much more if you're trying to beat the game in Ultra difficulty and/or if you don't use any warp zone.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
This is the first game in a long time to make me feel like a kid again.

8BitBoy is a perfect backflash to playing Giana Sisters, Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Wonder Boy in Monsterland. I find the story very personal and I love the seemingly endless amount of hidden places. The controls feel a bit chunky in the first minutes, but you master them pretty fast, so not a real biggie. 10/10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Great game!! It's a very fun throwback to the Mario days and it really reminds you a lot of those types of games. It's fun to explore and there are tons of hidden secrets and fun places to explore and you have to make sure you finish the levels in time!! They revamped a lot of the levels and updated many things and it's a really fun experience!! I give it an 8/10
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
I am driven away from so many platformers with great potential simply because they lack an interesting story and a connection with the character(s). Anyone who has played 8BitBoy will tell you it is not one of those games and its touching introduction will have you hooked right off the bat!

As for the gameplay, it is flawless and nostalgic. The music and graphics remind me of playing classic Pokemon and Super Mario games and the controls are very smooth (I recommend using a console controller).

Full-clearing the levels is also very challenging (and rewarding if you are going for highscores) but it is not entirely necessary if you just want to beat the game. So if you're a gamer who likes to go for 100% on every level, I say good luck and bring extra controllers! :)

All things considered, it's a fun game with an intriguing story and it is a must try if you love platformers!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Eh... It take everything I like about the 8-bit era, but it also takes everything I don't like. 6/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
What can I say about this game? The music is too good and nostalgiac to pass up. Gameplay is a lot like Mario or Cave Story (and you even look like a mix of both of those protagisist!). But the game kinda fails with its controlls. They aren't terrible, but aren't good. I've tried it out on both a Mac and a PC, and I can't recomend this to anyone with a Mac keyboard because of the controlls. Everyone else... it might feel weird but you will fall in love with this game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
8BitBoy is A painfully average retro style platformer. The game adds nothing new to the genre as a Time Travelling Gamer from the Early 90's could easily find the game mechanics familiar in the year 2015. However, it is moderately challenging at times and for only 3.99 USD is a good time for a more then Fair price point.

7/10 for 8BitBoy
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
8-bit boy is a realy fun little 16-bit platformer and i like it and its realy REALY hard though
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Very fun. picked it up in a bundle for under 2 euros, so worth it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Decent game! 6/10! I can't get past World 1 Boss so a bit to hard however otherwise great game worth a buy on sale!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
this game does suffer from a few tight control spots but its a very fun sidekick to your shovelknight score.
a cool and enjoyable tribute to years gone by such as games found on NES,GB ,GBC,GBA and SMS!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
super duper fun. just yeah, gets it right. if you feel like playing Mario but don't feel like playing Mario, totes. good stuff.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Because I do not know week to complete the level B-4, and I can not get into another world and I do not like annoying games - thumbs down.
EDIT:
"Oh my god! This perhaps is not true!
Jump when he runs, then 1 times rapidly when in coma.
Repeat this 3 times...
So this is a good dirty trick." - whisperings welcome!

- no generic PC gamepads support (DIrectInput) but the author's attention
- jump lags - moving belt, ice cubes...
- weird save system - I would like to have again played some level, but I do not know how without I started playing all over again...This is really bad. I am in the world 5 and world map still locked - unlocked after B-5 Boss (need black suit + sit in the left corner and shoot, when the boss runs, jump on him, 3 times).
- without Steam cloud - not synchronized saved position

If I am not repeated again and again without loss of life, playing time would be half, +- 5-8 hours but absolutely not "16+ hours main story!".
Each level can be managed with 1-2 repetition in 3-4 minutes, if you do not collect all the coins
if you're handy on normal difficulty.
I enjoyed the game, although I do not like 8bit style.
Especially when I have the urge to once again play and discover more hiden places.

Neutral - Positive rating. But it is not far from a only positive evaluation.
Or?
For 4 Euros, or even better discount it's a very good offer if you like platformer games.
Satisfaction. I do not have a negative feeling, I got what I wanted.
but... More levels are welcome!
GJ developer, Thanks!

2015-02-08 19.25 Finished. 14.0 hrs on record
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
A great throwback to all the classic platformers of the 80s and 90s. The catchy midi music and the blocky backgrounds are all there. Definitely worth a go
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
For all those people who play mario, especially the very first mario game (not donkey kong), should beleive that this guy is actually mario or luigi, but they shaved. tough nuts.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
While 8BitBoy might seem incredibly familiar to the games you’ve played before; It is still an incredibly enjoyable and decent challenge that goes for a noticeably cheap price. With being one of the few indie games that honors retro games and actually manages to nail it; With that alone I recommend a glance.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I'm recommending this game. It does what it says on the tin, which in this case is '8-Bit Platformer'. Admittedly it's an 8-Bit STYLE platformer, and the things it does well are not what makes it stand out.

This is - put simply - a polished platformer. My one and only complaint (which is rather a big one, thinking about it) - is the ending...

[SPOILER ALERT]

The game gives you the option of choosing between two difficulties at the beginning, so - I plumped for the more casual setting, as I wanted to enjoy the game in a relaxed manner. One of the extras you must complete in the 'Hard' difficulty, is to obtain a hidden coin in each level before you can progress (and it turns auto save off, so... I guess you just do it yourself..?

Anyway - come to the end of the game on casual mode, and the game informs me after the final boss that I need to go back and collect all the hidden coins before I can get the ending.

NO EXCUSES, AWFUL GAME MECHANIC RIGHT THERE. I have no desire whatsoever to repeat each level and find a coin for some arbitrary reason (the button that takes me home needs power! Feed it coins to activate it!).


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So, with that in mind, I still recommend the game, since it was fun to play, but that ending does need tidying up, for I was not rewarded whatsoever for my effort, and have been turned off ever wishing to try. Maybe one day...

NEW PLAYERS: PICK THE HARD MODE OR FACE CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT.

I have produced a video series on this game, so - decide for yourself! (I even found no less than three of the hidden warp-zones, pretty pointless though, given my spoiler text!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCwZpiJ0wAk
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