Regina & Mac is a retro-inspired journey platformer that’s made its solution to the Nintendo Change after releasing on numerous different units, together with the Wii U. That is nice information for style followers in search of one thing to sink their tooth into earlier than having fun with Mario’s thirty fifth anniversary that was simply launched. I used to be a fan of the Wii U version earlier this yr; let’s see how the Change model stacks up.
The time period “retro” is thrown round quite a bit lately. On this case, Regina & Mac is a ’90s-inspired platformer, made to seem like a Nintendo 64 recreation. It takes its cues from the likes of Mario 64 or, maybe extra aptly, Banjo-Kazooie.
You play the function of Regina, a cheeky macaw who finds herself atop a slightly quiet dinosaur, whom she dubs Mac. The obedient Mac appears comfortable to chauffeur our feathered pal round as she seeks an exit from the land during which they’re trapped. Even the story is impressed by the previous – to unlock new ranges, the pair should uncover a sure variety of floppy discs, often discovered by way of the profitable completion of varied platforming duties.
This platforming is the place Regina & Mac shines, with well-designed ranges. Every degree consists of a sequence of puzzles which might be enjoyable and tough in equal quantities; they’re sufficient to journey you up with out being too irritating. It requires some skillful maneuvers, whether or not it’s timing your jumps throughout spinning blocks or shortly leaping throughout disappearing blocks. Different puzzles are thrown in for good measure, together with a Picross-style recreation and one other involving switching squares on or off to finish a sample.
Every degree is a bit world unto itself, and you may decide and select which puzzles you try till you might have sufficient discs to maneuver on. This offers you some sense of management and freedom, permitting you to stay in a degree (or return later) to attempt that tough puzzle only one extra time, or proceed elsewhere. Completionists will discover it onerous to depart with out accumulating completely the whole lot, however you’re free to maneuver on when you’ve made your quota.
The controls generally is a little fiddly at first, notably with the default setting for motion. Some would possibly find it irresistible, however I hated the up-is-down inverted controls. Fortunately, that is customizable and, as soon as this had been modified, it was a lot simpler to play. I respect the choice for avid gamers to play their very own means, however I’m wondering if the default setting needs to be the opposite means round?.
Certainly one of my favourite elements of the sport is the dialogue. The story strikes alongside pretty shortly, with occasional banter between Regina and the pc interface that’s controlling the surroundings. The sunshine humor is sufficient to make you chuckle as our cheeky macaw does all of the speaking for the pair of protagonists, whereas her dinosaur transportation suffers in silence.
The graphics are quite simple. I discussed this in my Wii U overview, as it’d put gamers off initially. I wish to have seen some extra enhancements within the Change model, however once more, it is a deliberate fashion selection, making a blocky world of flat colours, harking back to the early ’90s. It completely matches the invoice of an N64-era recreation. Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie have been capable of squeeze extra graphical prowess out of the restricted expertise of the time, however they have been additionally big-budget, first-party titles. As it’s, Regina & Mac remains to be value its $9.99 price ticket.
General, Regina & Mac is a artistic and difficult retro platformer. The Change launch is nice information for retro-platforming followers, bringing this recreation to a a lot wider viewers than the Wii U model might. The visuals are intentionally flat and blocky, however there’s much more beneath the floor, with nice dialogue and enjoyable platforming. It’s value trying out.