There’s just something about the 1980s that people seem to love. I mean, I feel like that mostly extends to people who actually grew up in the ’80s in some capacity, and that neon colors and boombox beats just call back to that simpler time of their childhood. Because objectively speaking the ’80s was just… awful. Big hair, terrible clothing styles, questionable music. There was a lot of great stuff in the ’80s don’t get me wrong, but we can’t ignore all the bad. But you know what? As a child of the ’80s I absolutely LOVE all that terrible ’80s stuff, and I’m as guilty as anyone of squealing with joy over anything neon- and synthesize-soaked. Indie developer Tap Tap Good has a similar affinity for the ’80s, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video game that’s more of an homage to the ’80s than their upcoming game Super 80s World. Just check out the trailer.
So as you can see, you’ll play as a man named Dan Camaro (!) who is on a mission to prevent the nerdy Dr. Noid Wormser from using his machine to delete his most hated of all decades, the ’80s, year by year. Yes, the premise of Super 80s World is just as ridiculous as any number of ’80s action movies with just a dash of “rocker vs nerd" stereotype. It’s a runner style platformer where you’ll go through five levels each themed after a year of the first half of the ’80s collecting memorabilia such as VHS tapes, audio cassettes, and video game cartridges to prevent that year from being deleted. This memorabilia calls back to tons of actual ’80s movies, songs, and games with Dan Camaro offering his own humorous quips on each of them. Here’s another trailer from last fall that shows off a bit more of the actual gameplay in Super 80s World.
From that trailer you can see the variety of moves that you’ll be able to unlock and use in Super 80s World, like double jumping, dive bombing, and teleporting which breaks up the action from your typical runner and lends it more of a hybrid feel with a traditional platformer. It seems really cool whether you’re super into the over-the-top ’80s stuff or not. In the coming weeks Tap Tap Good will be running a beta test for Super 80s World and once they’re ready to start recruiting testers we’ll let you know so you can get in on the fun. The game is planned for iOS initially but Android and Steam versions are also in the works for release sometime after the iOS launch. Speaking of which, Super 80s World is available for pre-order on the App Store right now with an expected release date of April 18th, so even if you don’t want to get in on the beta testing you can look for the official launch next month.