I Wanna Be the Guy (IWBTG) is a devilish platformer parody that plays on the absurd difficulty of older games like Ghosts and Ghouls. Whereas gamers may have slammed their foreheads into the ground during their youth after dying for the tenth time, IWBTG will make them want to blow their brains out after dying for the hundredth time. This is a game that would be considered cruel and unusual if used as a punishment.
You are blasted with a wave of nostalgia upon running the game. Starting with the Megaman theme sound in the introduction, you will encounter a great deal of references from older games including Dracula (with authentic voice acting) from Castlevania to Bowser from Super Mario. There are no lives and on the hardest difficulty, there are no saves. The game can be incredibly unforgiving. The level design is purposefully unfair. Anything from apples ignoring gravity to the old Megaman style ice blocks will make you suffer. Most of the game will rely on memory and a long series of trial and error. In fact, the greatest obstacle to the game is the gamer himself who has to deal with repeated failure and the nerve-racking feeling after making past a particularly difficult segment but have not yet found safety in the form of a save game. The game is a reminder of why we have deviated from games that required a Spartan’s mentality to win.
For the diehard platformers, IWBTG will be a worthy challenge and should you ever become the guy, wear that distinction proudly. Most of us would have tossed in the towel and either congratulate you or laugh at your misery. That said, a good let’s play of IWBTG is a great source of entertainment.
Link to the official website: http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/