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First Impressions: Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land

Posted by Lee Meyer

Good show!

D3Publisher was at this year's New York Comic-Con to demo its latest titles, and while Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! attracted more attention, its other Cartoon Network game, Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land seemed to have its own little following. Whereas Pendleton Ward's Adventure Time recalls our whimsical, childish fantasies, JG Quintel's Regular Show reminds us of the times in our lives when we grow up and worry that we'll be stuck in a young-adult rut forever. Developed by Wayforward Technologies (which also develops the Adventure Time games), Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land drops players in one of the show's signature wacky predicaments and uses some interesting gameplay mechanics to channel the series' spirit. We were able to try a small portion of the upcoming title, and walked away feeling optimistic about the direction it appears to be going in.

Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land follows the titular heroes as they boot up a mysterious old video game system and are suddenly transported into a retro-inspired video game world. 8-Bit Land isn't quite 8-bit, which is fine; the art style is clean, simple and slightly off-kilter, recalling the show's surreal atmosphere. Players will switch between Mordecai and Rigby throughout the side-scrolling levels. Mordecai, who is taller, can jump higher, whereas Rigby can get into small areas that his bird best friend can't access. There are several power-ups to collect, like Rigby's mullet, which gives the player special powers such as shooting; there is also money strewn about the levels, as well as hidden items that will unlock special bonus content.

Where Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land truly shines, though, is in levels that change up the gameplay. One world will have Mordecai transforming into a small spaceship, turning the platformer into a side-scrolling shooter, while another will require Rigby to crawl on the level itself, creating a Smash TV-style top-down brawler. D3Publisher has said that the game's final world will combine the two special play styles and require the player to be resourceful and figure out the best way to complete each level.

Show creator JG Quintel has written the wacky scenario for the game, so the offbeat humour can be found in the pixelated game world. Our time with Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land was very brief, but after encountering familiar characters like the Destroyer of Worlds, we're excited to see more.

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User Comments (24)



Rafie said:

Woooooooooooooooah!!! This is my show right here! I'm definitely supporting this!



Gioku said:

Am I the only one who dislikes this art style? It strikes me as looking very flat and uninteresting... I just bothers me somehow.

And it's certainly not 8-bit, as previously mentioned...



DRL said:

I wonder if the final boss will be The Hammer? That would make me incredibly happy.



HaastMK7 said:

"I wonder if the final boss will be The Hammer? That would make me incredibly happy."

lol true



antipop621 said:

I can't get into this show and I've tried. I might get this game though. Looks great.



LoveSugoi said:

Destroyer of Worlds? Sweet.

Love this show and I've enjoyed the web games on the CN's site. Hope this doesn't disappoints.



Doge said:

If made good references to the show, then THAT would be fantastic.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Absolutely love the show and I can't wait to get this game. Loved what Wayforward did with Adventure Time on the 3DS last year, not perfect, but just fine with me. I'll probably wait till next year when the price drops a bit to get this



JadedGamer said:

My 5 year old son once told me Family is the most important thing.I felt proud because I thought I was teaching him life lessons.So I ask him 'where did you learn that?' He says 'the regular show..
I enjoy this cartoon moreso than the other garbage they show on cartoon network nowadays. I may look into getting it for him on xmas.But skylanders and lego marvel is first..



Raylax said:

It looks like a one-man college lunch-time project done in Game Maker. Hopefully the gameplay stands out above its appearance.



SirMime said:

Has the Adventure Time game been put back? Seen the release dates change on a couple of sites over the last few days... Was looking forward to co-op dungeon exploring.
This looks pretty good fun. Liking the show/characters I'll probably pick this up either at or close to launch.



FabioSMASH said:

This show + new episodes of (a miraculously-uncancelled) Misadventures of Flapjack would just be the best.



soon179 said:

Pre ordered this for the kid but for me to as i love regular show. Watching 1 in the am. Pm. Where these guys came from would shock you it became a kids show. B.G.F. is in the game you can tell at the game over screen.the continue screen is rad. Continues are limited but can be collected.the stages are easy but also hard at times.frustrating hard . It took me forever to beat the first boss Destroyer of worlds.the snails from dig champs will be the first bad guys you see. Has unlockables the hammer better be in this and the unlocked art i have suggests he will be. Great game not as simple as it play good sound just bla. Must for a regular show fan

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