Mikey Shorts Review

Mikey Shorts Review

Mar 3, 2014

Mikey Shorts is a unique game. Part platformer, part race and with a name so weird you have to play it.

Mikey Shorts is an old school platformer at heart, with plenty of running, jumping and sliding under low walls to be done.

The story is that Mikey’s friends have been turned to stone and can only be restored by being touched. Restoring his friends to flesh gives Mikey energy, which is then used to break though barriers blocking his progress. Saving all people in a stage wins the stage. Short story scenes take place between levels.

Screenshot_2014-03-02-23-23-39Along the way Mikey can grab coins that can be exchanged for amusing costume items like glasses, makeup and hats. There are no gameplay boosts or other such things to be bought with coins, so Mikey Shorts is all about skill.

Mikey Shorts uses a 3 star system common in games since Angry Birds. Getting three stars is all down to speed. Coins and other gameplay elements don’t factor into the ranking. Getting three stars then almost always leads to an enjoyable frantic dash though a stage where one mistake means the stage might as well be restarted. There is no real benefit to getting three stars, but it is sure fun to try.

Screenshot_2014-03-02-23-25-26A really neat feature is the way the game clocks the player through each section of the stage and how much faster or slower they are compared to their own personal best, this is great for knowing if the player is going to beat their best time or not.

Google Play Games is supported so there are achievements to shoot for and the costumes are fun to buy, even though they have no real gameplay impact.

Mikey Shorts is a very fun game. The frantic gameplay and the game’s cool retro vibe really make it worth playing.
A problem however is the lack of challenge. Levels are far too easy and some serious Mario style platforming challenges would be welcome. The challenge in Mikey Shorts comes from doing the levels quickly, but they still feel too easy much of the time. This can lead to a lack of replay value as it doesn’t take long to blow though all of the stages.

Mikey Shorts looks great. Pixelated retro graphics give it a clean look and it’s full of old school charm. Levels are full of colour and great to look at.

The sound however doesn’t really match up to the graphics. Jumping and collecting statues makes the same sound only with different pitches and the coin collection sound is nearly identical to Mario. A lot more could have been done with the sound.

What’s striking about Mikey Shorts is how high quality it is. The graphics and controls are smooth, there are no nasty ads or grabs for cash and it just comes off as a solid, quality game.

Mikey Shorts is an enjoyable game. While it lacks challenge, it still has a lot of fun gameplay on offer.