19th Jun2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Super Skelemania’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Super Skelemania, a new Metroidvania game now available on the Nintendo Switch.

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Super Skelemania is, in essence, brief Metroidvania designed to be completed in a single sitting; it’s a fun way to spend an hour or two of platforming action.

Originally released on Steam in 2017, this port feels at home on the Switch with its smooth, pixelated action, charming approach and brevity of play. You play a skeleton who uses his head as a bash attack as well as for various other purposes and has the goal of making his way through the various subterranean biomes that make up the game world.

Designed to be completed in a couple of hours at most, Super Skelemania feels like an introduction to the Metroidvania genre with all base components stripped as bare as the protagonist. This isn’t to say it’s not fun, however. The pace of the game and relatively simple platforming elements feel satisfying and accessible, allowing progress to be fluid, this is helped by the cyclical nature of the areas in the game which aren’t too labyrinthine but have enough variety in them so as to not feel overly linear. Your plucky skeleton also picks up orbs that essentially act as area unlocks, whether it be rolling your head to reach narrow places or a backflip / dive to reach ledges, it’s not ground-breaking stuff but its implemented in such a way to make the game fun and even relaxing.

With its gentle music, unlockable abilities and the sense of charm than runs throughout, Super Skelemania is a neat little platformer that doesn’t take up too much of your time. Don’t head into it expecting a challenge, I can imagine veterans of the genre wanting something to get their teeth into will be disappointed but for those who want gentler gameplay, this is a great choice.

Super Skelemania is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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