Followers of old-school platforming might wish to give Commander Eager in Eager Desires: Definitive Version a glance. I stress old-school, as this launch is much less about how we keep in mind previous video games and extra about how they had been in actuality. Which isn’t a foul factor in and of itself—a number of the music is catchy—simply unusual.
Since I by no means performed the unique (also on Switch), I can’t remark a lot on what’s “Definitive” on this model. In fact, this model appears to be lacking a few choices like issue modes and sound settings, which is weird. However the sport continues to be amusing, in the way it makes me query if I did certainly play this as a child or not. An implanted reminiscence, so to talk, little doubt stemming from enjoying titles with considered one of my PC-gaming associates again within the day. So, it’s memorable in a sense, and I additionally loved studying up on the historical past of the Commander Keen series in preparation for this evaluate. This quasi traditional, thought of a “misplaced stage,” is loaded with quirks.
The story is my childhood in additional methods than one. I didn’t admire the salad bar as a child almost as a lot as I do now. Properly, pre COVID-19 anyway. However aren’t potatoes a common vegetable (starch)? Regardless, Billy, aka Commander Eager, finds himself in a dream versus veggies. I give it kudos for ripping off an obscure book from after I was first studying to learn. Plaudits additionally go towards the non-violent strategy, with veggies altered to flowers (for a bit) moderately than blasted into oblivion.
Eager’s jumps are floaty, to say the least. A number of the results sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher. The hit detection is unfastened, made even worse by most hits sending Eager again to begin. All the identical, the principle sport is brief, as I in all probability spent extra time on the fortress than I did the ten prior ranges.
However it’s additionally non-linear, massively spectacular for a 30-year-old platformer. In addition to selecting between ranges, the designs themselves are considerably maze-like, stepping into all instructions as you seek for the exit. The sport may definitely do higher to encourage scouring every stage’s corners—right here’s the place you’ll miss issue modes—however the designs impress (to a level) nonetheless. You may replay ranges to hit strict factors or time objectives.
Whereas Commander Eager in Eager Desires: Definitive Version sort of checks off a few of my old-school packing containers, it’s not a markedly high-quality launch on the Nintendo Swap in 2020. By all means, wishlist it when you’ve got fond recollections of the unique, the collection, or late ’80s/early ’90s DOS video games typically. Even then, await a sale; $14.99 is an excessive amount of for this brief “definitive” launch.