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Super Mario Bros. clones are as prolific as ants in a sugar bowl. Nintendo has never officially released the iconic plumber’s games on the PC (save for third-party edutainment titles such as Mario Is Missing and Mario Teaches Typing) and as such, PC gamers have had to find more esoteric ways of getting their quintessential run-n-jump platforming fix. There is a plethora of cheap knock-offs, which are usually a developer’s first foray into game-making. These tend to be unsurprisingly abysmal, but occasionally we’ll stumble onto a title that gets the formula right: enter 8BitBoy.

The story is certainly something that resonates with many of us: you play the part of an unemployed gamer in his early 30’s, trying to adjust to the harsh realities of adult life. Whilst reminiscing about his childhood and the carefree days in which he’d spend hours just playing video games, nostalgia overwhelms him and he digs out the old game system that has since languished in obscurity. He discovers an odd-looking cartridge and, against his better judgement, boots it up. What happens next will astonish you…