If you subscribe to the vastly-oversimplified concept of a multiverse, then you must believe that, given an infinite set of potential universes, all possible things can and must occur in at least one world parallel to our own. Which means that somewhere, on some alternate version of Earth, Super Mario Bros. stars a textured-yet-pixelated biker named Manley who is trying to track down his kidnapped motorcycle. Kidnapped, that is, by aliens.

To the game's credit, it's completely up front about what it is: "This retro platform game pays tribute to, and parodies, classics such as Super Mario Bros., CastleVania and Mega Man, in style!" It doesn't try to hide behind feigned originality. It knows exactly what it's trying to be: A throwback to NES-era platformers with a metal soundtrack. That's a little difficult to argue with. Even if the image of a pink-haired Mario-esque figure with skin is freaking me out.

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The game is $2.49 on the Play Store right now and there are no in-app purchases or ads to speak of. There are, however, requisite nightmares as that horrifying green eye stares deeply into your soul.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • A Davis

    One word... AWESOME!

  • Sven Enterlein

    Will it work with the MOGA controller?

  • Josh Flowers

    i wish they made a demo version of the first level so you could see how well the gameplay is on your own phone before paying $2.57 for it. I realize it's relatively a small price to pay for a potentially great game, but it's still $2.57 vs other .99c games that could catch my eye.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      You have a 15 minute return window on absolutely anything in the Play Store. That's more than enough to play through the first few levels.

  • Paul

    I HATE how the video says "for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad" not one mention of Android. When are app manufacturers going to wake up and realize that Android is winning, there are more of us than iOS users now. Why would you want a large percentage of smartphone users (and your potential customers) to think your app is not available to them?

    • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

      The title to the movie that sits there at the top says iPhone and Android.

      Also, the trailer was made for iOS because they released it on Apples App store in November of 2012. They just reused the same trailer fot the Android launch.

      • Matthew Fry

        Is it excusable just because they launched on another platform first?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          I went to the developer channel to see if they maybe had a newer, more updated version of the trailer that includes the words "for Android" in the video itself.

          Instead, I found out that they have an 8-bit version of Manos: The Hands of Fate game that is supposed to come to Android. Suddenly, I no longer care about arguing on the internet.


          • Matthew Fry

            Manos does look pretty awesome!

          • ChumbleSpuzz

            "I am Torgo. I take care of the place while the Master is away." You must review this!!! And is that gumball machine in the screenshot a nod to Tom Servo?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

            I am already talking with the developer about reviewing this game once it comes out. You can bet I'll be all over it. :D

    • Sam

      Hey, sorry, I will change it on the video as soon as I can :-) It's a trailer from last year when it was iOS only.

      • Paul

        Hi Sam, thanks for the update. Was just venting. i understand iOS usually gets it first, I'm glad your company ported it to Android and you'll update the video. You guys rock. Interesting game :-) Manos looks cool to.

  • moelsen8

    ok, i'll bite. we need more of this type of stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/Littlehorsie ZombieDroid

    Price is a little too much for me.

  • enomele

    Anything that can happen will happen.