Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Arcade Action Game Mega Review: Fix-It Felix Jr.

For the film Wreck-It Ralph, Avalanche Software conceptualized a game that featured the film's characters and resembled a classic 1980s arcade game. To promote the film, Disney contracted Code Mystics to make the film's arcade game a reality.

In the game, Felix jumps from window sill to window sill fixing the windows that Ralph broke with his magic hammer while avoiding getting hit by Ralph. Even though the game ran on Windows via a Hewlett-Packard desktop computer in the Nintendo-style arcade machine, it was specifically created to look, play, and sound like a game from the early 1980s.

The Avalanche Software concept appears in the Wreck-It Ralph film, and Code Mystics did a good job of making the actual arcade game look like it did in the film. There's a bit of a difference, mainly related to the voice clips and animation, as the film depicted a voice clip and some sprite animation that weren't in the arcade game, 

Fans have converted the game to retro home consoles with the missing bits to make it appear closer to the arcade game shown in the film. AtGames included Fix It Felix Jr. for their legends flashback line and use a retro console version, which is officially licensed by The Walt Disney Company.

Fix It Felix Jr. is a neat little throwback arcade game that actually looks, plays, and sounds like an arcade game from the early 1980s. It's pretty cool that the game featured in the movie is playable in the real world, especially because it appears close to what's seen on screen. The arcade game is expensive to acquire, but luckily it is available in home console versions that are closer to the game portrayed in the film. The easiest and least expensive route to go through to play this game is by AtGames as it has one of these console versions in its officially licensed Legend Flashback consoles. 

Addendum March 22, 2023: The game was also released as a free flash app. Flash is no longer supported in most web browsers, but the game can still be played using the Flash application for Windows.

Final Verdict:
4 out of 5

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