The humble Game Boy simply refuses to die, and we couldn't be happier about that. A brand new game for the portable console is coming soon courtesy of retro publisher Bitmap Soft, with sales due to go live later this week.
In the Dark is a puzzle game in which the primary goal is simple: turn off all the lights. Presented in a 3x3 grid format, turning each light on or off will flip the state of all lights surrounding it.
The game features a sci-fi focused narrative to support the 100 puzzles in its Story Mode, along with Random Mode that boasts over 500 possible puzzle combinations.
Here's a list of the game and product features from Bitmap Soft:
- A Story Mode with 100 progressively harder curated puzzles.
- With over 500 possible puzzle combinations, Random Mode offers countless hours of casual puzzling fun!
- Unlockable Palette Variants.
- 3-5hrs of game play with high replayability!
- Super Game Boy support with custom SGB Border!
- Professionally produced box
- In the Dark on Cartridge in a Dust Case
- A black Shell
- Full colour manual
- A game by Bryan Taylor & Tom Lockwood
You'll also get a free digital ROM with your purchase, which will become available two weeks after sales go live.
Will you be picking up In the Dark for the Game Boy? Let us know in the comments!
Pretty cool, I guess. I can’t imagine this selling that many. Why not also release on a modern system too?
It would be great if Nintendo made 3DS cards royalty free. This way developers would have a way around the eShop shutdown and we would still have new 3DS games released in half a century.
"a free digital rom will become available two weeks after sales go live."
are things like this just labors of love and a kind of hobby for the developer. I mean it is gonna be given away for free, and i suppose they will be lucky to get a retun on the money they put into it. Respect to people that do this, but I kinda don't get it.
The concept of releasing GBA games in 2022 is just beyond me. Does anyone actually carry that huge chunk of plastic around? Or sit in their houses playing on a tiny screen?
@SteamEngenius we mostly sit at home and play them on our tiny screens! I have a modded GBC with a beautiful backlit screen.
@SteamEngenius Hobbies and affinities can be fun for one person and strange for another.
I'm a bit biased as I do actually enjoy playing GB/C/A games on original hardware, so take that how you will. I can't speak for other fans, but for me, there's a certain appeal about the simplicity of older handhelds.
@farrgazer popping open a Gameboy Advance SP is still one of the best feelings, the original Switch "click" vibe.
@smithyo I was thinking the same. It has to a "labor of love" kind of thing. Releasing on a niche platform, then given away for free. But then i thought maybe it's just a way to get the name and experience out there, show co. what they can do, for prospective employers, etc.
@SteamEngenius @smithyo @rockodoodle My theory is that, from a financial perspective, this is a marketing gimmick. If this game was released directly to itch.io or Steam, few people would give it a second look: it would drown in a sea of similar retro games. But "release" it to the Game Boy and we all talk about it, Nintendo Life posts articles, etc.
They could make a dozen Game Boy copies, but sell 10,000 on itch.io or Steam. Like, what's the profit margin on a £40.00 GB game vs. a £5 digital game, and then multiplied by number of copies sold?
Of course they probably also love the Game Boy, but if you're wondering how this "makes sense" financially, this is probably how.
@nimnio There is an itch.io page with a demo here
Good luck to them I suppose, but I get all my new gameboy games from homebrew sites like https://gbhh.avivace.com/
Cos all the games are free. And they're pretty much all the same kind of stuff as all these new gameboy games being released recently. There's about 500 homebrew gameboy games on that site I linked. They're really dumb though, they have no option to download all of them in one go. So I used a chrome add-on to download every single game on that site in one go instead of downloading all 500 individually manually, and then I added all the games to my game boy everdrive, and I play them on my gameboy pocket or my GBA SP.
So I dunno. People are releasing wonderful homebrew games for game boy for FREE. And so I wish these people good luck with selling their new game boy game, but I just wonder who's going to buy it. There's no shortage of great new free homebrew games for the game boy, so even big game boy nuts like myself aren't gonna necessarily definitely buy this game either. Even the collectors probably won't.
Cool, I've just got back into playing GB games.
I just put a nice new Rips V5 (non tv) into my original Gameboy as my screen died.
Nice new display, kept everything else original as it is all like new.
@SteamEngenius Yes, quite a few of us still do! I won't be picking this game up, but I just played through some of the Kirby games on the original Game Boy and sometimes use the Super Game Boy when I want the big screen treatment (kinda like the Switch!). I recently beat (the original) Link's Awakening like that.
The GBC finally gets a version of one of the only good games for the game.com.
@SteamEngenius The Analogue Pocket is sold out until next year. GBs of all generations regularly sell on eBay for triple figures. There's certainly a market for GB content in general, which would also include new content.
How much will it cost ?
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