There are games that are made for everyone, and then there are those that aren’t. Electronic Super Joy definitely falls into the second group. With its bright colours and lovely, repetitive music it would seem that this is a game to enjoy, maybe even with your entire family. Five minutes of playing Electronic Super Joy quickly tells you that you were wrong, this is a game for a very special group of people and these people can only be described as hardcore.
The genre of platform games has a lot of variety to offer people but most follow the same formula. They start of fairly easily, holding your hand as you complete the first few levels without any difficulty and slowly but surely the difficulty will level up and each level won’t feel too much harder from the last. Electronic Super Joy is not like this. It starts off hard, very hard and only gets harder.
Electronic Super Joy starts out by giving you a little background to the story. You lost your arm in the Disco Wars of 1515, an eye in the War of Rock n’ Roll, and both legs battling a DJ. More importantly, an evil wizard took your butt, obviously. So this is quite literally a game where your objective is to save your behind.
The control scheme could not be simpler, you move across the screen using your left stick and then jump with A. You also have a smash attack at times which takes the extra step of utilising the B button. This smash power is occasionally replaced by other things to mix things up a little bit. At one point you are gifted with a double jump, at another point you are giving the ability to fly for a limited amount of time. Both of these powers change your style of play from an offensive one to one that is slightly more defensive.
What makes this game that little bit more difficult is how the environment changes and gives you things to use to help you, without telling you what is a help and what is a hindrance. There is a lot of trial and error with this game and you will die a lot. Dying is such a big part of this game that when you complete a level your deaths are added to a kind of leaderboard for you to review. Helpfully there is also a rapid respawn button so when you realise that you haven’t made the jump that you wanted to you can respawn instantly at one of the many helpful checkpoints that are scattered throughout the levels. Some of the levels add an extra level of difficulty by making them scroll by at a consistent pace so you have no time to think about what you are about to do and have to rely on your instincts.
A game called Electronic Super Joy cannot take itself too seriously and this one really doesn’t. The dialogue is hilarious and delivered by little characters positioned throughout the levels head-banging away. The first boss that you face is the Pope, this in itself is quite funny but what really tops it off is when you see that it is not only the pope but the pope riding in a spaceship. As I said, nothing is too serious in Electronic Super Joy.
What also adds to the fun element of the game is the soundtrack. Pounding electronic dance music plays throughout the game and it’s hard not to find yourself dancing along to it, which doesn’t help when focusing on a difficult part of the game but helps you care less when you die for the twentieth time.
To go along with the music is the flashy lighting. When I say flashy I don’t mean that the graphics are next-gen flashy, rather they are literally strobe flashy. Strobe lighting accompanies you throughout the game and can become a little bit of a strain on the eye so regular breaks are needed, but then the stress that this game can cause you means you need to take regular breaks anyway in order that you don’t end up breaking one of your controllers, the TV or the cat.
The difficulty levels of Electronic Super Joy don’t really change much as it starts off incredibly hard. Theoretically if you can get passed the first level you can get passed the last. The only problem is there are 43 other levels in between and these will be a real test of your perseverance. You will laugh, you will cry and you will die a lot but the sense of achievement you feel when you’ve passed each level is incredible and you feel like you have really achieved something, after finishing one really tricky level I had to resist the urge to call my mum to tell her what I’d managed to do.
In total there are three different game modes, the main story mode which see’s you completing all of the levels and taking on the bosses. The other two modes are Micro-hell campaign which has only ten levels but with the difficulty turned up past eleven and Infinite Love Mode which is an endless string of levels but you only have one life.
For anyone who likes platform games this is a must but be warned it is very hard and will make you sweat, as well as dance a little as well. So remember everyone, buckle up and hold onto your butts, it’s Electronic Super Joy time.
Electronic Super Joy is a good fun quirky platformer that is hard, very hard. The laughs start as soon as you turn the game on and only stop when you turn off your console. The bright colours will draw you in and the soundtrack will keep you there. This game is a challenge but is so much fun that every death is worth it. If you love platform games that are a challenge then this game could be just the thing for you.