A few months ago, I reviewed Nescape — a brand new NES game which was made in 2019! Who would have thought it. And now, I’m here to do it all again. This is Rollie, A classic style NES platformer, made by a single developer.
You will use those marbles, and a few other special abilities, to take on your forest foes; snakes, birds and other mammals, facing off against a harder, and sometimes larger, boss variant at the end of each of the sixteen levels. The birds are doubly helpful, as they enable you to fly for a short period of time. Sometimes, these are needed, as there would be no other way to make certain jumps. Luckily, the enemies will infinitely respawn if you exit the spawn area and return.
Another ability I enjoyed actually didn’t have a name (that I could find, so I will call it ‘Lovey Dovey mode’. It’s where you turn pink, and start spawning hearts from your body. This causes the enemies to get loved up and stop attacking you. Mind yourself though, as it will still hurt if you hit them. Levitation and invincibility are also available to find on your travels through this world.
The various weather systems were enjoyable within Rollie. Rain and wind that blows and changes direction can make certain platforming challenging, and add ice and snow into the mix — it can get downright evil, but never unfair. You are given plenty of time, so take your time, and you will be fine.
Rollie is currently on Kickstarter where you can grab the game as a ROM file or on an actual cartridge, to play on your real NES (or one of their clones) if you have them.