It's that time of the week again, and prolific ID Xbox publisher Ratalaika Games have dropped another game. As usual, it's an easy 1000g on offer, which we are all accustomed to by now. But that aside, is Mekabolt worth the thirty minutes or so of your time, and the price of a pint of Guiness and a packet of cheese and onion crisps?
Mekabolt is a retro inspired 2D platformer, which sees you avoiding enemies and even using them to your advantage to collect the battery at the end of each level. Simple, a little bit of fun and a throwback to games of yesteryear. It's not a mind blowing concept, that we know. Ratalaika have a tendency to market games towards achievement hunters that allow those that partake in achievement hunting to bump their score up with minimal fuss and that is exactly what Mekabolt does. As Todd Howard would tell you, "it just works".
One of the better titles in the ever increasing catalogue of games available from the publisher, Mekabolt keeps things simple. Jump and shoot, sometimes pushing static enemies into position, and that's your lot. Level design is on the basic side of things, but offering an easy completion while mixing in a difficult game makes no sense for Ratalaika. So you end up with games like this which often get overlooked in favour of swiftly earning those achievements.
To be quite honest, I enjoyed my half hour with Mekabolt. It was fun to play, and sometimes a simple game can be refreshing.when compared to more demanding games. The kids enjoyed it too, and being occasional achievement hunters, they now want to play it. God, what have I done! Yes, my Xbox is now forfeit to the darling spawn I have created. But gaming does bring us together.
Visuals are your typical retro look, with chunky pixels that remind me of an old game from my youth, but as of writing, I cannot remember for the life of me what game it reminds me of. As for the audio, it does its job well enough to fit in, nothing spectacular mind, but on the other side of the coin, nothing offensive to the ears.
To wrap it up, Mekabolt is a cheap and cheerful game once again from Ratalaika, and whilst not on the level of awesome that recent release Sagebrush is, it's still a worthy time killer. Question is; are you after achievements and completions to this extent? If so, grab it. Its inoffensive, and does exactly what you need. Go forth and enjoy.
Any questions or comments? Ask away.
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Release Date: 21st August 2019