Sometimes it feels like the retro craze has run its course. Sure, the past was great, but frustrating, borked games weren’t, despite what you might tell yourself when you go to sleep at night.
Which is why something like Juanito Arcade Mayhem is so brilliant. It’s the sort of game that looks to the heyday of the arcades, but doesn’t try and ape it precisely. And everything it does, it does with a winning grin on its cartoon face.
Time for some mayhem
The game sees you playing the titular Juanito, who’s pulled into the innards of some of his favourite, non-copyright infringing videogames. When he’s in there, he needs to clear out the clonocells, blobby monsters that have infected everything.
The game plays a little like Pang, but it throws new ideas into the mix at regular intervals. So the stage that’s a bit like Tetris has Tetominoes falling from the sky, and the stage that’s like Super Breakout has blocks that you need to smash.