It feels like I Wanna Be the Guy has been around since the beginning of time. I suppose that isn’t too far off, seeing how the original came to be way back in 2007. But times change, technology becomes more advanced, and a game powered by Multimedia Fusion 2… just doesn’t feel smooth in 2021. Worry not, however, for thanks to a handful of dedicated fans – not to mention numerous testers and speedrunners – I Wanna be the Guy Remastered is a thing and a pretty darn groovy one at that.
Falling – and quite deadly – apples, spikes flying up from the ground, platforms suddenly moving as if controlled by some invisible entity dedicated to trolling the player. Those are just some of my fondest (yes, really) memories of the original I Wanna be the Guy. And I don’t even like platformers with a difficulty level as high as this one; which is to say, sky-high. Until you figure out how to get past a certain part that is, only to end up destroyed moments later from another unpredictable trap. Such is the way of I Wanna be the Guy, and that hasn’t changed for I Wanna be the Guy Remastered. Which is good. Don’t mess with what works.
This is a mostly faithful remaster of the original I Wanna Be The Guy by Kayin, trying to balance the spirit of the original game with the desire for consistent physics like the fangames that came after, and fixing some of the jank.
For the most part, the people who put together this brilliant new version took that advice to heart as 99% of the changes in I Wanna be the Guy Remastered are, well, strictly technical. Things like resolution scaling, vsync, a smooth 50 FPS, gamepad support, button remapping, separate volume sliders (something far too many brand new games are lacking these days, I might add), reduced input lag, and so on. A few additions did find its way into the remaster though: unlockable content, dipswitches, Yuuutu physics, and re-recorded audio, to name but a few. All in all, a great example of how to best preserve a classic (which is still available, I might add, although it doesn’t play well with modern operating systems).