Despite its modest game catalog, the Nintendo 64 contains a number of hidden treasures. This is especially true of its multiplayer library, which includes a variety of odd and entertaining split-screen games. In the age of internet play, those kinds of local multiplayer experiences are difficult to come by, but Glitch Busters: Stuck On is one of them. It is possible that you will be able to scratch the itch.
Glitch Busters: Stuck on You has the atmosphere of the long-forgotten cooperative game Nintendo 64
In Glitch Busters, up to four players move through a colorful computer world inspired by the visual language of emojis (at one point, a giant barfing emoji started dropping purple sludge on my path). At a very basic level, it’s a third-person shooter where each player controls a pint-sized emoji face with magnets for legs. I spent my demo blasting colorful gunk and viruses while traversing a surreally constructed digital world.
Glitch Busters is a colorful and family-friendly shooter about little emojis blasting glitches inside a computer world, developed by Toylogic. At Summer Game Fest, I got my hands on the game and found it to be a promising multiplayer experience. That is thanks to innovative co-op platforms that prioritize teamwork. What is the key to its success? Magnets.
Those magnet legs I mention aren’t just for show. They’re the key to the game’s creative co-op multiplayer. For one, I can press a button to magnetize to a teammate at any time. Doing so lets me skate around a stage and smash into enemies — a melee tackle that I can only perform with the help of a buddy. Beyond that, it’s just a useful tool that makes sure I’m always able to find my friends.
That system is key for building smart co-op puzzles too. In one stage, I jumped on a teammate’s head and he walked me over to a platform that neither of us could reach on my own. I expanded my magnet legs to give me extra height and then hopped up there. Doing so allowed me to toss some yellow items down to my pals to solve a puzzle below me. That little moment has me particularly excited about Glitch Busters‘ multiplayer potential, as it requires communication and teamwork to progress.
My favorite co-op hook, though, is that all four players can stand on top of one another to form a totem pole. At several points, I’d jump on the top of an emoji stack, safely shooting enemies as my teammates handled movement.
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