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Robots are our future! They are meant to help us with corrective tasks, giving us the freedom to enjoy life. However, that perfect picture rarely happens, and Androids usually go wild. Unsurprisingly, this is the theme of Mekabolt+a revamp of 2019’s well-received indie title.

Developped by Somepx and published by Ratalaika Games, it is a simple platform title. It focuses heavily on repetitive tasks and small but interesting steps. Plus, it complements its retro approach with pixel art style and shrill synth music. It won’t test veterans of the genre, but it’s fun, easy to pick up, and a runner’s dream.

Mekabolt+ adds to its solid foundation.

Mekabolt+ has an absurd story that has little bearing on the action. However, it’s a fun story that complements both the style and the gameplay you experience throughout. You control a theme park technician who must fix every robot that has gone haywire. These once useful machines will shoot you, slice you with blades, and crush you. Luckily, though, you’re armed with your mekabolt rifle and it will disable or energize any mechanoids you come across.

The goal of the game is as simple as the plot! You have to activate switches, avoid obstacles, climb on arrows and go around dead robots. When you complete each of these tasks, you will reach otherwise inaccessible platforms and overcome all the problems you face. Also, at the end of each stage, you’ll collect a battery that apparently repairs broken machines. Like I said, it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s a fun title that takes minimal effort.

Shoot the robot and avoid the spikes.

What makes it different?

If you played the original, you might be thinking, why should I bother with Mekabolt+? With the addition of a new character and 24 additional levels, there is much more to discover. Indeed, Somepx added 25% more to this than the original game, and I think that’s a big improvement. So now you can experience over 100 robot-filled levels, an array of mechanics, and an interesting challenge mode. If you have a methodical mind, you will fly through each step without much challenge. But, even the brightest players will struggle with the higher levels. Luckily, these add depth while combining plenty of elements to test your resolve. Therefore, the last moments are much more difficult than expected.

The action revolves around basic platforming staples and your mekabolt rifle. Along with this you have to use crossbow traps to fire bolts to create new platforms and disable robots to take steps and activate switches. The range of robots on display add many layers to the gameplay and you will witness a variety of mechanoids. There are basic robots, spiked flying machines, androids with trampolines for heads, floating cubes, and more. Each must be manipulated to overcome the puzzles, and at first it’s very linear and easy to complete. However, as you approach the end, you must complete your tasks in a set order or else you will fail your mission.

Its lack of complexity may not rock your world, but it’s an enjoyable title that can be played casually. It’s the perfect intermediate between big games, or just an easy way to relax when time is tight.

Mekabolt+ will tease you with its challenge mode.
Can you improve each level in challenge mode?

Mekabolt+ is wonderfully retro.

With the power of modern machines, you might wonder why I bother with lesser indie titles. I will be honest. I have a soft spot for their garish manners and simple charms. Mekabolt+ captures everything I love about retro indie gaming with its base sprites, your face colors, and simple level design. That wouldn’t push a Sega Mega Drive to its limits, then you can imagine how rudimentary the performance is. However, I loved it and was happy to spend a lot of time in its living world.

My adoration continues in the crisp, almost obnoxious sound. The dated, old-school approach seeped into every vent in this title, and I loved it because of it. Plus, the sound effects are so simple they could have come from any arcade game.

Mekabolt+ has weird mechanics.
Jump on this spring robot.

A baby could play there.

I’m not saying that babies should play computer games, but if they wanted to, they could play them easily! Its simple layout and responsive nature make it a cinch to pick up. With little help, you’ll overcome obstacles and collect all the batteries you find.

Thanks to its wide range of levels and the challenge mode, it’s good value for money. You’ll probably need 2-3 hours of casual play to complete. Unfortunately, the developers didn’t add a speedrun mode or NG+ option. If either had been included, it would have great longevity.

Mekabolt+ scratches that cause itching.

With the massive release of triple-A games across the board, it’s nice to have an alternative to play. Mekabolt+ is a causal title that will easily scratch that itch. Subsequently, it is a simple game that represents a bygone era. I know it won’t be for everyone, but I loved it. Therefore, I recommend you to buy it here! Can you save the day and stop every robot? Overcome obstacles, shoot your mekabolt rifle and collect all the batteries you find.