Game:Bat BoyPublisher:X PlusDeveloper:Sonzai GamesGenre:Jump’n’RunTested for:XSXAvailable for:PS4, PS5, XOne, XSXUSK:6Released in:7/2023
Ryosuke’s father was a baseball star, but he disappeared seven years ago. Now the teenager is emulating him at school and has made seven other sporting friends. At night they use their skills to fight evil, but one evening a nasty magician appears who hypnotizes the heroes – except for Ryosuke, of course – in order to hire them for his dimensional tournament.
In the 8-bit hop you now save your friends in twelve thematically varied levels. Unlike the modern classic Shovel Knight Ryosuke is quite trainable. At the beginning you can only use your bat to harass the magician’s charming, sporty henchmen or yourself Messenger swipe at projectiles and knock enemies into the air. But as in MegaMan With each boss you learn new sporting maneuvers that you can use for opponents and the increasingly challenging platform passages. Even the trickiest sections can be solved without, but you can use them for the three hidden turnips in the level. You can use them to buy heart and mana upgrades from the merchant. Since the level of difficulty increases, you should collect the goodies at every opportunity. Has three blemishes Bat Boy however: In some places there is a lack of precision and some hits are almost unavoidable. We also encountered minor bugs that didn’t have any serious consequences.
Opinion & Rating
Steffen Heller says: Bat Boy is a fantastic mix of platform kings. But although Super Mario Bros. 3 and all the titles mentioned in the test were clearly the inspiration, it works Bat Boy thanks to its intelligent blending of elements and the sports theme that is consistently drawn through from start to finish, it doesn’t look like a bland knock-off of a classic. After the credits, I would have loved to have had more content than just the three challenge levels or the speedrun mode. But if at the end of a test there is a desire for more, then the developers have obviously done everything right.
Takes the fillets of the classics and blends them together into an excellent retro meal.