Super Mario is a legendary game that we've all probably played.
Up to this day, the original Mario platformer experience is unmatched and it brings nostalgia for most gamers out there.
However, if you are looking for a similar mobile game in these modern times to fill the shoes of Mario, Super Machino Go is a decent rip-off.
Coming from TOH Games, the developer is known for creating rip-offs of popular titles and most of their mobile games manage to deliver similar or sometimes even better experiences to the original titles.
Super Machino Go manages to captivate a platformer experience while delivering decent gameplay with its responsive controls and mechanics.
The game comes with a set of navigation buttons on default which is used for movement. If you are not used to using buttons for navigation, you can switch to a traditional virtual joystick that feels just as snappy.
The game features breakable boxes to collect coins, special powerups that make your character bigger or invincible, and weapons to fight enemies.
While you are moving left and right, you can also sprint to finish levels faster and speedrun the game.
Levels have a timer and this adds a sense of urgency to the gameplay, but it's fairly generous and does not come across as frustrating. There are also checkpoints in most levels that keep the pacing balanced.
The enemies you encounter throughout the game look quite similar to enemies you find in Super Mario Bros but they have a few unique features that make them more fitting to this game.
You get to fight boss enemies at the end of every episode and the classic boss fight experience it gives is not bad.
Everything from the app’s icon to the characters tells you that this game is a copy of Mario.
But what differentiates it from the 1983 classic are its modern sprites, smoother animations, and quirky soundtrack.
However, the lack of originality ends up turning any nostalgia you might feel into a bland and boring experience. I attribute this to a mismatch in the game's identity. This game tries to be Mario but also something different at the same time, and it fails on both accounts.
The visuals of the game, much like the general gameplay, comes across as bland and out of place. Everything feels very tiny. The backgrounds are also more blurred than we would like.
The soundtrack might be annoying at first but once you get used to it, the overall experience of the game is somewhat elevated through its weirdness.
Just like most free-to-play games of this kind, Super Machino Go is filled with annoying amounts of advertisements. If you do not like seeing an ad pop up after each round, you might want to consider upgrading to the ad-free version of the game. It's not worth it though.
Apart from that, the game also features microtransactions where players can buy coins and gems to acquire various outfits and items in-game.
Super Machino Go is a mobile game copy of Mario done right but lacks everything else to elevate it from being an average and soulless platformer.