[Nintendo Switch] SUPER METBOY! Review
SUPER METBOY! from Flyhigh Works is a colorful and fun 2D arcade-style game for up to four players. Learn more in our SUPER METBOY! review!
In SUPER METBOY! from Flyhigh Works, you’ll be taking on a colorful and fun 2D arcade-style wave-based action game for one to four players. An evil army has decided to invade Metland, stealing the Rainbow Gem! Since the Rainbow Gem is the source of energy for Metland, you must do whatever it takes to recover it before it’s too late! The titular METBOY is the first prince of Metland, who likes peanut cola but hates heights and his kid sister, METGIRL. You’ll jump, shoot, and spin attack through group after group of enemies before dealing with the boss.
Along with METBOY and METGIRL, you’ll also get a chance to also see METBOMBER, METKNIGHT, METNINJA, METVIKING, METSNIPER, and others in action, once you unlock them by earning a high score with METBOY and METGIRL. Each character will have different values for the main three stats – Speed, Float, and Attack Area – which have an effect on how your character performs in action. Even METBOY and METGIRL have different stats between them, with METBOY being the all-rounded character of the bunch, while METGIRL favors Float while losing some Speed. Each character will also have a different attack type, which changes how you must approach each wave of enemies.
You’ll be controlling your character with the left analog stick as you aim your attacks. You can shoot upwards or downwards depending on how you press the left analog stick and can also use a spin attack while you’re up in the air to gain bonus points. If you aim just right, you might be able to land a headshot, which will deal more damage while also giving you more points. You’ll jump and shoot with the A, B, X, and Y buttons, and you’ll need to time your button presses to avoid danger. If you press and hold any of these buttons, you can also rapid fire.
The game can be played in multiplayer locally, or you can go online and give it your best with players from around the world. You can also have one AI-controlled support character when playing on your own, which is a good thing since you can revive a fallen support character by quickly button mashing to speed things up… and the support character can revive indefinitely. While the character you control will receive full HP benefits from drinks and chips, support characters will only receive half of the effects.
You won’t be able to survive for long during your initial runs, but you’ll at least be able to earn some diamonds for your efforts. Diamonds are important since they can be used to purchase custom chips to improve your characters by using the Custom Chip Gacha option. Spend your diamonds there, and you’ll get a random chip that you can equip, as long as you have an available slot, as well as enough points to cover the equipment cost for the chip. Each chip will grant you a boost to your stats, making your attacks more powerful, granting you extra hit points, or making it possible to collect more points. Diamonds can also be spent to increase the number of available custom chip slots, as well as to boost your equipment cost capacity.
Since things can quickly get expensive, you should be sure to check the Special Bonus section on the bottom right of the main menu screen. You will get a daily 300 diamond bonus for playing the game at least once every 24 hours. On top of this, you can complete a list of objectives to collect some extra diamonds. There are special bonuses for scoring 100, 200, 1,000 points, 1,500, 2,000, and 3,000, for scoring more than 1,000 points with METBOY, or for scoring more than 1,000 points with METGIRL, to name some examples. It’s a long list that will give you some new objectives to complete as you claim your bonuses, so you’ll be busy for a while!
The gold you collect can be spent at the vending machines you’ll find as you progress from one area to another in order to collect some power-up drunks. For example, there are drinks to increase your character’s overall hit points, another to boost how much gold you can get from every enemy you defeat, one to make your attacks pierce through enemies, or even get an energy drink to recover some of your lost health – that is, if you’re not at full health! There are some other drinks you can get during your run, so be sure to always pay attention to your options.
I was pleasantly surprised by what SUPER METBOY! offers. It’s a solid arcade-style 2D release with a colorful presentation, easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, and a fun gameplay loop that kept me coming back for more. It’s available on Nintendo Switch at a $9.99 asking price, making it an easy one to recommend, especially since it can be played with up to four players at home or on the go, locally or online.
This SUPER METBOY! review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flyhigh Works.