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It’s something of a tradition to put “Super” at the start of a platformer’s name, but it’s a bit deceiving in the case of Super Crate Box—this is more original Mario Bros than Super Mario Bros. The action takes place on a single screen, with enemies falling from the top and becoming more powerful if they make it to the bottom. Your goal is to collect crates scattered throughout the level; each gives you a random new weapon for fighting off the monsters, from bazookas to mines and laser rifles. Each weapon behaves differently enough that Super Crate Box constantly offers the interesting choice of clearing the screen of baddies or making a beeline for the next crate. The pace is manic, the ’70s action-movie vibe is charming, and the game’s extreme difficulty is balanced by the ease with which you can start a new game. Just hope you don’t get the dual pistols when you’re in a tight spot…
Given that SCB is freeware (although the iOS and Vita versions will set you back a few dollars/pounds/euros) and that it's just plain so so good, it's hard to criticize. However, if I can find any fault with it, it's that I relished coming back for more punishment more out of a need for redemption than because I was truly immersed in the game or experiencing some kind of superlative joy. One game that really conjured up that feeling was Spelunky - a game featuring a similar kind of need to dynamically adjust based on whatever situation presents itself, but with a level of depth that brings players back time and time again, beyond the occasional romp. SCB may lack that depth, but makes up for it by providing an immensely satisfying arcade experience best played in short bursts (and the once in a while obsessive crate collecting binge, which is unavoidable.)
Vecchio stile e super pixelloso, Super Crate Box è un avvincentissimo shooter a schermata fissa come non ne fanno più da tempo, forse da troppo. Ed evidentemente se ne sente la mancanza, visto che è irresistibile.
Wie es sich für ein waschechtes Arcade-Spiel gehört, so zählt auch in Super Crate Box nur der Highscore. Ist man einmal von diesem Fieber gepackt, dann verbringt man Stunden vor dem Bildschirm – immer auf der Jagd nach einer noch höheren Punktzahl.
Super Crate Box achieves its aim of making a compelling game that's fast paced, exciting and cool. The great chip-tune soundtrack is the icing on this retro cake.
Cada nuevo videojuego supera al anterior en calidad gráfica, con imágenes en alta definición e inclus 3D. Pero juegos como Super Crate Box demuestran que lo de verdad importa es que te lo pases bien. En Super Crate Box deberás sobrevivir a la invasión alienígena en un escenario que te recordará a clásicos de los 80 donde el píxel era el rey. Super Crate Box consiste en aguantar vivo y aniquilar a tus enemigos a base de recoger cajas con armas. Tendrás pistolas, rifles, escopetas e incluso bazookas y lanzallamas.