Although the hardware is long discontinued, there’s something about the Game Boy that continues to attract eager coders and game creators. Part of this will be nostalgia and continued admiration for the system, while there is also a distinct challenge to making games that fully utilize modest retro hardware.
Now there is another new developer producing a completely new Game Boy title, which will specifically work on the original hardware (and clone-style hardware like Analogue Pocket). Planet Hop is the work of debut developer Alex Watkinson, who is forming his studio Gamebow. Ltd with the goal of producing a variety of Game Boy titles.
Has launched a Kickstarter campaign That’s off to a very reasonable start, with levels ranging from receiving a copy of the Game Boy ROM, to a physical cartridge, or full collector’s versions. As a reminder, this is a real Game Boy title, so you will need the right hardware or a working emulator.
You can see some images below, plus some details about the project and its charming origins; nicely, this will be a complete game, with “at least” 72 stages on 8 planets / worlds.
I am an independent developer working on my first game ‘Planet Hop’, a new physical game for the Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Planet Hop is reminiscent of classic Japanese Game Boy games from the late 80s and early 90s, such as Mario Land and Kirby. You play as a pink lunar rabbit named Usagi (based on East Asian folklore), who must rescue the Planetary Guardians and restore the zodiac stars of the Solar System.
I initially started the game as a small collaborative project with my two children (ages 5 and 9) as I wanted them to experience the joy of physical media and spend less time playing addictive online games. Since then, the scope of the game has grown.
Unlike many recent Game Boy home games (which are more like demos), the game will be complete and will feature at least 72 stages (spread across 8 planets) and at least 10 bosses.
The campaign is definitely worth taking a look at. Let us know what you think in the comments!