Back in 1992, id Software proved that it can be a lot of fun to shoot virtual Nazis on your computer. Wolfenstein 3D. Back in 2001, Amusement Vision proved that it can be a lot of fun to roll in a field where you can pick bananas. Super monkey ball.
This week, game maker Itch.io Nickireda proved that both concepts somehow fit together perfectly Return to Castle Monkey Ball, a free game that you can play in an HTML5 compatible web browser.
Yes, the famous one-man army of BJ Blazkowicz somehow found itself trapped in a translucent sphere and without its usual arsenal of weapons. So you have to help BJ from tilting the whole world to direct his ball through the corridors attacked by the Nazis, picking up bananas and looted treasures on the way to a high score.
Sure, Return to Castle Monkey Ball loses a bit of something by avoiding analog controls Monkey ball numeric keypad instruction series. And yes, procedurally generated game levels can be a bit unbalanced and / or simplistic, depending on the random seeds you come across.
And yet there is something incredibly satisfying about seeing a Nazi guard at the end of the corridor, piling up a good head, and just punching him to death with a colored sphere at full speed (and hearing an excited voice shouting “Bonus for time!” as a reward.) Honestly, this kind of light scattering is better than ever given the state of the news these days.
As with any fangame that uses original art and sounds from copyrighted titles, this one exists in a state of legal uncertainty. On the game’s Itch.io page, Nickireda makes it clear that it “exists as a free fan project”, that they consider the game to be “fair use under an educational license” and that they will not “accept donations or compensation of any kind”. .
We hope that this will help prevent the usual legal threats that threaten this type of game. In the past, Sega has shown surprising openness to fangames, and id Software has publicly released the source code for Wolfenstein 3D, which suggests that the notice of termination and withdrawal may be slightly less likely here.
In any case, it’s probably best not to procrastinate and head to Itch.io now to settle for Nazi fun. My high score is just over 1.9 million for the “Incarnate Death” difficulty and I would love to see someone try to beat it. (I would seriously. I need a challenge to assess my skills).
Image of the list by Nickireda