A Brand New “Retro” Video Game: Germ Squashers Overview
There are plenty of things that all of our favorite cartridge gaming consoles have in common. One of them being the fact that new games for these systems just don’t get released anymore. Or, so you thought. A recent trend has been the development of new games for systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and more. Breathing life into these systems long after their retail reigns is not an easy task. But, a few dedicated gamers have decided to take on the challenge and create brand new cartridge game that plays on several different retro consoles.
8 Bit Evolution specializes in selling homebrew and reproduction cartridges. In conjunction with coordinating the Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Convention, they have also developed a brand new game for the NES, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and mobile devices called Germ Squashers. Like the convention, proceeds from game sales go to help Children’s Miracle Network and patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will get copies of the game to play as well.
Let’s take a look at the NES version of the game:
Germ Squashers can be played with one or two players and is reminiscent of many blackbox NES games and arcade ports such as Ice Climbers and Popeye. You control Cesar and Britanny as they take out all of the different germs that plague their hospital.
Players must destroy each enemy before advancing to the next stage. There are plenty of levels to keep things interesting and the challenge ramps up quickly! You’ll die a lot, but quickly learn how to traverse these stages to defeat the enemies efficiently. I thought I got into a groove killing enemies and beating levels, until I got too cocky too quick and lost at the last level. Woops! It all comes to a halt at the final boss, the giant virus, which you must defeat using all of your germ-eradicating skills.
The game plays great and feels very polished. Everything from jumping, running, and shooting is extremely responsive. Any time you die, you know it’s your fault and will quickly adjust your strategies. Any retro gamer knows that this is really one of the best compliments you can give an older game…
Everything from the music, graphics, and gameplay will bring you back to a time when you were sitting in your room with your friends and family trying to top each other’s high scores. And at the end of the day, it’s all about nostalgia!It’s an addicting game if you enjoy setting and beating high scores, so grab a friend, grab Germ Squashers, and help out a great cause!