Review Super Bit Dash
A modern take on a retro platformer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 07 Oct 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Intense gameplay, great physics, easy controls, awesome graphics
Levels are too long
Right out of the gate, I absolutely loved the way that Super Bit Dash for Android looked. It’s an 8-bit platformer that looks as retro as they come, but has a modern appeal to it.
The game uses a dash as its main mechanic, but it can be used to jump, dash through walls, and to avoid various obstacles. There is a caveat to jumping, however. You have to use coins in order to jump. You can store 4 coins to spend on jumps, but you can collect as many as you want. Past the initial 4 coins, you’ll be able to accrue them in order to buy more lives. Unfortunately, you can’t use these as a bank to draw more coins from.
Levels are randomly built, but you can end up playing the same level over and over again if you so choose. Level design seemed fantastic despite the random elements associate with them. Everything seemed like it had a purpose, and more importantly, nothing seemed unfair or randomly placed.
You only get a certain amount of lives to complete each level, but the game is endless in that you can play as many levels as the game can generate. That number might not be infinite, but it’s so big that it might as well be.
I found gameplay to be fun, but repetitive in some areas. Unfortunately, a lot of the assets tend to look the same, so even though the levels do change, they still sort of feel the same.
Overall, I think Super Bit Dash is a great retro platformer to spend any amount of time with. The jumping mechanics are solid, and there are rewards you can grab along the way. It’s definitely worth a look.