It seems that the retro Nintendo hardware development scene continues to attract a loyal group of enthusiasts, with the Game Boy in particular having seen a slew of new and revamped games lately. One fascinating project that got on our radar is GB Corp.which has pretty fun mechanics for those who have a collection of Game Boy models.
Developed by “Dr. Ludos’ and published on itch.io, it’s an “incremental / idle game” that runs on the original hardware and its clever twist is that it’s better to play between different models. You run a company with employees who actually do Game Boy Systems, and your goal is to manage your team (and their battery level) to maintain productivity and increase profits.
The official description and a couple of screens are below.
The core gameplay is pretty simple. You rent consoles from the Game Boy line (Original GB, GB Pocket, GB Color and Super Game Boy), and they work for your “push button” company. If you’ve made enough money, you can hire more employees, and update the one you have so they bring back more income. You also need to pay attention to their performance levels: changing batteries Of your employees when they are empty!
Although the concept is quite simple, this game also has a unique feature: The consoles you rent will only work effectively if you run the game on the same model of console! In order for your GBC staff to work, you must be playing the game on a real Game Boy Color (or set your emulator to “GBC mode”). If you want to activate your GBP staff instead, you need to unplug the cassette and put it in a Game Boy Pocket from your collection (or change your emulator settings). The game uses SRAM so that game progress is maintained when switching consoles.
This “console change” is a real game mechanic and not a simple gimmick. If you only have a handful of employees, changing batteries is not a problem. But if you employ dozens of them, it costs a lot of money. However, if you switch from one console model to another (say you are switching the cart from a GBC to an original GB), all active employees receive a new set of batteries for free!
It’s a fun idea, and to play on native hardware you’ll need to put the ROM on a flashcart; Of course, if you don’t have a collection of Game Boy systems, the site gives advice on how to enjoy it through an emulator.
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