2021 is looking like the Year of the Game Boy
The past year has seen the announcement and release of a TON of newly-released games for the old-but-still-sexy Game Boy. (We’ve covered a few of them right here.) This Game Boy Revival is probably just a phase (like Ska lmao), but it’s been nice to see such a timeless handheld console prominently in the spotlight.
A lot of Ghetto Gamer readers grew up playing the original Game Boy brick and the nostalgia is definitely real. Plus, Game Boy Studio has made it easier than ever to produce GB games. It’s easy for a small team to produce something legitimately great.
The latest addition to the Game Boy’s lineup is Gelatinous: Humanity Lost. It looks like a side-scrolling platformer with a Metroidvania vibe to it, if Metroid took place in some sort of biopunk Aztec temple.
Yesterday the Gelatinous team announced the launch date for their Kickstarter campaign—September 16th–and revealed the “Kickstarter Edition” backer tier. The items included are pretty standard: Box, manual, stickers, pin, and a “slime green cartridge”. But these things are more about the game itself, right?
The gameplay that’s been revealed so far looks solid. The slimy protagonist has the ability to climb walls grow a whip-like tentacle and hurl slime balls at enemies. It looks like they’ve even included a shoot-em-up style level with the player guiding a log down a treacherous river.
Overall, this looks like an earnest effort on the part of the developers. John Roo, the lead developer, has previously released Quest Arrest for the Game Boy, and ported the PC classic Chip’s Challenge over to SNES and Genesis earlier this year. Not a bad track record.
If you like the Game Boy, you probably want to check this one out.
Their Kickstarter campaign launches September 16, but you can follow their page to get an alert when the campaign goes live. You can also check out the Gelatinous home page, hosted by PopDecades, at Gelatinousgame.com.