• Review

  • Browser Games

A Super Mario Summary


  • Currently 3.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 3.4/5 (51 votes)
Comments (6) | Views (2,772)

TrickyA Super Mario SummaryThe theme of Ludum Dare 23 is "Tiny World", and frankly, if there's one Tiny World every child of the nineties knows by heart, it's The Mushroom Kingdom. Seriously, close your eyes and mentally run through World 1-1. You know you can do it. For his entry in the contest, Johan Peitz took the original 32 levels of Super Mario Brothers, and condensed the elements of each into single-screen puzzle platforming challenges. The result, A Super Mario Summary, is a loving tribute, but more than that, a very good game.

A Super Mario Summary isn't a level-to-level one-to-one adaptation, but rather a distillation. Its screens have the definite feel of the NES side-scrolling classic, but played through mechanics closer to Lode Runner, where reflexes and timing are emphasized. The redrawn sprites give it a charming bootleg feel, and the level ranking system allow for a nice amount of replayability. The jump physics take a little getting used to (as you'll want to hold down the [spacebar] to launch off a trampoline or enemy, rather than trying to time it), and it's a shame that there's no bouncy, just-barely-not-copyright-infringing music playing in the background, but overall, A Super Mario Summary is a fun bit of nostalgia and a worthy contender for Ludum Dare gold.

Play Super Mario Summary

6 Comments

Bobin Hood May 1, 2012 7:35 PM

wow, my total time was 13:37 somehow.
one suggestion would be that the lava should look more like lava, such as in the way that it should look more like a liquid and not as the bg.

Reply

@Bobin
My time was 13:37 too. That may just be the default time.

The ending was definitely worth it.

Reply

Well, I finished it, but it was a pretty joyless experience.

You just cannot make Mario tribute with a game which has shoddy controls and horribly uninspired level design. Instead of time trials and star ratings I'd rather see levels that present an actual mini-challenge or at least differ slightly from one another in something other than graphics.

I know limited time was an issue, but I still think the game would be much better if less time was spent into making this a Mario tribute and more into injecting actual fun in the gameplay. :(

Reply

This game is lacking in originality, there should be a way to block players from jumping over the flagpole or give them a fourth star rank.

Reply

it was fun... needed a little more depth ... maybe make it mandatory to get all the coins otherwise flag pole does not work...

Reply
inheritance.fan July 29, 2012 10:07 PM

5-4 messes with the REALLY bad hit detection.

Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
Cat Around the World - Alpine Lakes> Dora A good salami is hard to find, and this finicky feline has been traveling the globe in search of the best. In this latest familiar but fun physics puzzle, your goal is once again to deliver the food in each stage to our hungry kitty by clicking the environment to change it.  ...
2,760 Views
0 Comments
Wasteland Siege> Dora You've got the biggest tower in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, so naturally everyone wants a piece of it. In this defensive shooter from Entertainment Forge, you'll need to keep building it and your defenses higher as you unlock upgrades to blast away increasingly tenacious foes.  ...
Find the Escape-Men 171: Ancient Pit Dwelling> Dora You're in a bind when you fall and find yourself trapped in some sort of ancient underground dwelling. Luckily, no1game's ten little green men are there to help you out... provided you can find them all first, of course.  ...
3,972 Views
0 Comments
Factorio (Early Access)> Satori From mining basic raw resources to producing sci-fi hardware, this elaborate indie strategy sim with sandbox crafting and action elements has you single-handedly advancing an entire planet just to get home!  ...

Support Us

Jayisgames is on Patreon

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Whispered Secrets: Everburning Candle

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives