Bitmap Soft is continuing its noble crusade in producing brand new physical titles for the Game Boy, and its latest entry is a rather charming side-scrolling platformer from developer Max Oakland.
Ruby & Rusty - Save the Crows is available to pre-order from Bitmap Soft right now, with the company pledging to fulfil orders within six weeks. It will come complete with a full colour manual, but if you're one of the first 100 customers to pre-order, you'll also bag an original soundtrack on CD and a sticker sheet.
The game will work on Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Light. Pre-orders cost £40 with an additional fee for postage.
Here's a look at the story synopsis from Bitmap Soft:
One Halloween, Ma and Pa put a goofy witch costume on the scarecrow. Unfortunately, that turned the scarecrow into an evil monster who took the job of scaring crows way too far.
Ruby and Rusty are two vegetables that grew into children and they’ve been friends with the crows for a long time. They’re not going to let the scarecrow get away with it! So they decided to go around the farm and find all the crows to make them feel better. And hopefully defeat the evil scarecrow at the same time, or at least give it its old clothes back
Will you be adding Ruby & Rusty - Save the Crows to your Game Boy collection? Let us know in the comments below.
Max Oakland is a great developer in the the GameBoy scene (particularly GB Studio)!
This is very exciting to see a physical launch for Ruby & Rusty.
Very cool! I do think they need to work on their box art though. Some of them look so outwardly amateur (despite the quality of the games greatly exceeding that) that it may turn some folks off. Otherwise, I’m still waiting for Dragonbourne DX! Might pick this up too though—looks fun for around Halloween time 👍
I’m the dev. It’s pretty amazing to see my game on such an awesome website. Ask me anything
@ChromaticDracula Any suggestions/ideas on the box art for this one?
@ERIC_MACK Thanks Erick! I’ve appreciated all your support along the way
@maxoakland well… I am not someone to design a box/cover art for a game (even though I’d love to.)
In all honesty, I feel like mine would have come out very similarly. But my initial comment was that they look like they were made in Microsoft Paint.
If the intention was to look as 90s as possible, you nailed it! That’s not a bad thing. It channels the vibe of the original Chex Quest art as an example lol. Again, not a bad thing but from a visual perspective, it works against the actual great quality of the game itself. Visually it makes you question if the game is worth it.
Ayyy hell yeah Max Oakland! Dude's one of the most talented GBStudio devs out there. Hope this goes gangbusters haha.
@ChromaticDracula Yeah the goal was to make it look like Super Mario Land 2 box art. I wanted it to look authentic to its era
Too bad it makes you question the quality. Any box art for similar quality/genre games that you really like?
This actually looks rad. Is the physical release the only release planned?
@dluxxx The physical release comes with a free digital download of the game. You can also buy the digital download by itself on release day
Sweet! Thank you!
@dluxxx Any time!
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