Huge classic platformer with several power-ups and 8-12 hours of main story & 300+ hidden locations just begging for exploration · 56 big Levels · 5 huge worlds
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Mostly Positive (1,392 reviews) - 75% of the 1,392 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 6, 2014

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“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

Big classic platformer with tons of power-ups and 12+ 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.


· 8-12 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)


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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 controller or Keyboard
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BL1ND
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This heavily story driven game is about a washed up 34 year old heroin addict (keemstar) who falls into a coma and plays a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game. This may sound like a half ♥♥♥♥♥ attempt to cash in on that non-specific nostalgia, but this game has a very deep story. The main character is a screw-up who can't seem to do anything right, he feels so bad he wants to kill himself, but cannot because of the people he'd hurt. He finds himself at same places over and over again repeating the same mindless tasks and chores. Another failed marrage, another job, more kids. But the one thing it can do is numb itself. The man starts drinking. The problem is it only gets him into more trouble, so he turns to hard drugs. "It'll mellow me out," he thinks to himself. "Lets just play mario 3 like the good ol' days,". He injects the syringe into his eye. He begins to see things popping out of the screen, dragging him in. He thinks his heart may have stopped already. "But how am I seeing such things so vivid," he says to himself. It feels real to him. He jumps around the stange world he put himself in, blasting enemies with his stange newfound abilities. He heard someone faintly talking. It was muffled, but he knew who it was. His wife. "Please wake up John," she says. "I'm sorry about taking everything I've done, if I could take it all back now I would, Please John, these children need a father,". But there is no more John. The only person there is Super Spaghettios Guiseppe. Guiseppe has no children, or a wife, he has to save a kingdom. Guiseppe thinks about why this stange voice is speaking to him. He knows no John. All he's done is kill an ape while he was doing accounting at his job. Was the ape John? Guiseppe does not know, nor does he care. He has a job. But his mind can't help but wander. The only things he can remember is killing that ape and jumping into a magic sewage pipe. Eventually he learns to block out the noise. He needs to save Princess Meatball to save fungus land. Eventually he comes to his enemy the evil lizard man Zowber. With great speed he tips over the hammer holding his bridge up. Zowber falls and screams as he is burned alive by the searing lava. Guiseppe is sure he will that thing again. He speeds over to get his kiss from the princess, when he hears a new voice. "Ma'am we've tried everything, best chance we have is to...". Guiseppe blocks it out like the others. Suddenly every thing starts to dissappear. His vision is blurry, its going black. John's loved one's stand above him hoping it'll work. They all go silent as they hear a long beep. John was gone.

This game is alright.
6/10
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marcofilipemartins
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's an hard game but since you have unlimited continues, you can get used to the difficulty level by level until you beat the game. In the first playthrough your main objective will be to just beat the current level and the bosses you will enconter at the end of each stages and with this you will get the "bad" ending where you will be given a new objective which is to collect all the 50 coins present thorugh the 50 levels. At this point you can use the world map to go to the levels where you missed those coins. When you pick all the 50 coins you get the "good" ending :)
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DeViLzzz
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
If you want a game that will kick your butt this is for you. It is of course done in the style of a Super Mario game. Thing is I think some of the enemies do a little bit more than what you see early in a Super Mario game. Heck I haven't even gotten to a boss yet and have died a million deaths. Patience is definitely something you need for this game. In regards to audio I like what I have heard. The music is old school and just fits. It has not annoyed me in the least bit to where I would even consider shutting it off. As for the graphics they are what I expect from a game of this type. I was playing this on the tv and it looked great. In regards to the controls I really can't complain about them. I think the few times where I thought I shouldn't have died slipping off an edge is because well I am terrible at games. Now as for negatives I didn't see a death counter. I think a game like this where you can continue over and over and over again should have one. There also should be a scoreboard online and just local that shows how many deaths you had to clear the game but also how many deaths you had to clear each level and sub level. Still without this I have to say this is a very fun game. Oh and as for presentation it was neat seeing the kid sucked into the world after he decided to dust off his old console and play a game. He got much more than he wished for or hey maybe not. Anyway if you like Super Mario type games then you will like this. Last but not least this works perfectly with an Xbox 360 controller in Windows 7 64 bit. I can't speak for any other operating systems and versions of them. So in finishing this review I will say it is a 9 out of 10 with the only complaint being I just wished they would add stat tracking that I mentioned earlier in this review of the game.

PS: I checked the box saying I got this for free but I don't know for sure. I may have got it in a bundle or bought it when it was cheap on here.
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Kalania Voluminost
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
If Americans had made Mario. That pretty much sums up this game. A lot of the controls feel heavy and the level design is really basic. Most enemies look like sprites from Angry Birds with the color changed. Honestly the controls are the most punishing part of the game. I was killed more times by my character taking a few extra steps forward after I let go of a button than by any of the enemies. It might have been a better experience if it had been polished a little more or somehow implemented a few unique mechanics. As it stands it just feels like Mario's redneck step-cousin showed up about 20 years late for the party.
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EXTERNAL
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Good and old-school game.
One of the best methods to kill your time in planes or trains etc,..

8/10
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okey
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Hasn't worked on mac for 2 years, and the developer is useless. I want a refund, but steam support won't let me because my purchase is old. In conclusion, worst game I've ever had the misfortune of laying my eyes on.
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0AlphaMat0
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
......meh
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Liviu222
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
i bought it with 0.20 cents on sale i say is a good deal
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caffinate
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Good presentation and features marred by some skittish controls and poor level design.
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[v5] Loutishh
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Here is my full review for 8BitBoy! Watch in 720p! :D
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Here is my full review for 8BitBoy! Watch in 720p! :D
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Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Fun platformer that takes me back to the NES early days. Challenging bosses and easy controls. This one is a must have if you were a gamer of the '80's.
-Loved it to the end .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Note: 6/10

Great old-school platformer.
You'll be stuck many times.

Good price although it has a senseless end.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Good presentation and features marred by some skittish controls and poor level design.
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Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Good and old-school game.
One of the best methods to kill your time in planes or trains etc,..

8/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
Generic, hard to play and boring are a variety of issues with this game. Don't get it, just get another game.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
One of the consequences of games being so very easy to create right now is that there are all kinds of people making games. For independent developers, the ability to build retro throwback games to their youth is one of the most compelling drawcards of having access to all these game creator tools. And this is where 8BitBoy comes from.

“What am I doing with my life?” is a common question that people ask themselves. As the hero of 8BitBoy ponders this question to himself he thinks back to the good old days when he got to sit around and play as much as he wanted to on his trusty old video game system. Thinking on that, he wonders, do I still have that system? He descends to the basement and starts to rummage through all the old stuff trying to find it. His old 8 bit system in all of its glory with all of his old games worn with the passing of time. Then joy suddenly turns into curiosity has he discovers one brand new game with no label simply sitting there. He loads up the console and the mysterious cartridge and then gets sucked into the game, becoming an 8 bit character in the process.

8BitBoy is a throwback to the old platforming days where games featured not more than a few different buttons to play with, and players had only one goal to be accomplished, such as “make it to the end of the level without dying.” Graphically this game is pretty, with a nice application of the 8 bit aesthetic. The main character, the enemies, and the environments are very well polished and smooth which creates a seamless landscapes for the stages that you pass through from one world to the next. Oddly enough the game is almost too pretty, with the clean visuals damaging the illusion that you're playing an 8 bit game somewhat.

There are two different ways to play; Kiddy or Retro Mode. Kiddy Mode grants more time within levels and autosaves after every level which makes dying and game overs later on a little bit easier to handle. Retro Mode requires finding a very specific coin that is hidden in the levels to be able to save. These coins are tough to find and the one thing to remember is, the clock is ticking. If you really are an old school gamer, this title will challenge you.

From the different worlds to the various enemies that can be encountered, 8BitBoy really feels like an homage to the 8-bit days of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. series. To say that 8BitBoy is a simple experience would be to take away from its retro elegance. Platforming traditions of all types are represented in the game, from disappearing platforms to raising quicksand. The game steadfastly refuses to pick up on some of the more modern game design elements found in platformers, and it's almost quaint in its dedication to old school gameplay, even to the detriment of its playability compared to other games that are now on the market.

Available to the main character within the stages are two forms of powerups. The first is a shield that will protect the character from any one hit, while the second is a red fruit that turns his clothes red and allows him to shoot fireballs. Now if the launching of fireballs was not enough, there is a second fruit that is available only after attaining the first one which turns the clothes green and allows for two simultaneous fireballs to be launched. It's not exactly a subtle reference to Super Mario Bros, but it's a fun touch nonetheless.

8BitBoy will frustrate players who haven't kept up with their old school play skills. The game requires precise platforming skills, and there are moments where a well timed jump will still just fail, or missing an attacking jump by a single pixel can cost a death. That said, 8BitBoy is a great throwback to the NES era of platform gaming where skill and mastery were required if you were to make it through to the end of the game. It’s games like these that remind us that button mashing does not always win the day and sometimes, just sometimes, perseverance can be a reward into itself.
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Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

Paint by numbers

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
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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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
Decent copy of Mario, but all it really makes me want to do is play Mario because it just feels like a flash game with too loose of controls.

6/10
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79 of 113 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
This game is tough as nails on the Retro side. Otherwise its a very fun game. Has great levels, good controls, Nice Music. The story is about a older gamer growing up not being as educated as alot of folks are now a days. So he remembers his childhood playing video games and having fun. While going to his basement he finds his old console, and a game thats un labeled. When plugging it in he suddenly is transported to the Gaming World. Nice Game pick it up for the sale price its $7 right now. Worth the purchase.. I dont think its as hard as say Super Meat Boy but its a great challenge.
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