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Biker Mice from Micetopia
Welcome dear traveller, to the magical kingdom known as Micetopia. A place where mice can live freely in a village without peril. That is until one day when an unspeakable evil descends upon the village taking away all but one elder. It is up to you to run, jump, explore and fight your way through the mysterious underground caves to restore Micetopia to the paradise it once was?
Micetopia is an attractive pixel art romp that doesn’t waste any time letting players get straight into the action. This barebones approach to storytelling is a breath of fresh air in a world where developers are too fixated on creating a vast lore that players must digest before they ever get chance to play the game.
The term Metroidvania is thrown around far too much these days!
Having said that, there simply isn’t any better way to describe Micetopia. Page after page of platforms and enemies await you as you blindly battle the minions of evil in the hopes of becoming a true hero. Unfortunately, when you die you’re booted out of the caves and back to the very beginning, even after you’ve saved, which makes the whole thing a little repetitive after a few tries.
Equally frustrating is the repetitive nature of just about every villain in the game. If you kill one bat or cave creature then you pretty much know how to defeat them all. Mercifully, the change in terrain offers some variation that makes some of your foes a little more challenging. Without that Micetopia would really have been better suited to a younger audience.
All that being said, it’s difficult not to fall in love with the concept, and the overall delivery. Everybody loves a pixel art game these days, and this is one of the more aesthetically pleasing. The groovy chiptune also adds to the authentic old-school feel, that made us want to play Micetopia in the first place.
Beautifully presented and friendly on the purse strings, Micetopia is a nice effort by Ratalaika to cash in on the Metroidvania obsession, it just isn’t enough to elevate the game above simply being average.
You certainly need a lot of patience to play the game to its very end, but despite being more Roland Rat than it is Mickey Mouse, there’s enough charm here to prevent you reaching for a mousetrap and a block of cheese any time soon.
Platform: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo
Release Date: 20/11/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Action, Platformer
Developer: Ninja Rabbit Studio
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop