Sep 22 AT 12:50 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

OrangePixel’s latest game, Stardash, takes you back to the old days

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When I was younger and wanted to play a video game outside the luxury of my living room, there was only one device to grab: the Nintendo GameBoy. I’m talking about the huge gray slab of plastic that featured one tiny 160 x 144 monochromatic display, some of the best music the world has ever had to the pleasure of listening to and hours upon hours of fun. Long gone are the days of the Game Boy, though. Androids, iPhones, Vitas and DSes rule the portable gaming world in full HD glory. But that doesn’t mean you can’t honor the good old days with a throwback every now and again. Game developer OrangePixel is famous for this.

If you take a look at the developer hub for OrangePixel, you’ll see plenty of titles celebrating the blocky nature of 8-bit graphics and pump out jams that would make Anamanaguchi proud. Their latest title, Stardash, fits right in.

With monochromatic graphics, chiptune music and a three button control layout, Stardash really makes you feel like you’re playing Game Boy again. The premise of the game, much like many of the games of yesteryear, is incredibly simple. Run from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen and collect coins the entire time. Sound familiar? It certainly doesn’t offer anything new in terms of gameplay, but that’s not what OrangePixel is going for here. Just read the Market listing.

Right now there’s four different worlds to play through, with some nine levels in every world. Also in every world is an unlockable temple, for a total of 40 levels of gameplay. That’s quite a lot for now, and OrangePixel says they’ll be updating with even more levels as time goes on. For those of you who don’t want to use your touchscreen to play, Stardash works with the GameGripper, hardware keyboards, the Xperia Play and WiiMotes. There’s also OpenFeint support for keeping track of how well you’re doing compared to your friends.

To download Stardash and give it a shot, simply use the download widget below.If you can’t decide whether or not $2.18 is worth the nostalgia, you can find the free-with-ads version of the game here. What do you guys think? Are you gonna try it out or pass this one over? Let us know in the comments below.


Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • ben dover

    I still have my gameboy! I might just have to check this game out!

    • SliestDragon

      Lucky! I lost mine a long time ago. :(

      • Justin Shapcott

        My children recently got a hold of mine. It didn’t survive.

        • ben dover

          I’m surprised mine lasted after the amount of times I would get upset and throw it :)
          my NES is a little beat up from throwing the controllers at it too. haha

          Good thing I got over those anger issues. ;)

  • SliestDragon

    More games like this please! I didn’t realize how much I miss some 8-bit games until I see games like this. Hopefully game devs keep games like this coming. :)

  • Varemenos

    Lol, thats just a Mario rip

  • Batfan

    Pretty cool but, I think I’ll stick with SNESOID and my Mario All-Stars ROM :)

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I love this old-school style games, I’m a big follower of Gurk, one of the first games I downloaded and beat on my Android. Going to try the free version and go from there.

  • Jess Blanchard

    Is that the Fonz? It looks like the Fonz.

    • Dustin Earley

      He’s called cyber-Fonz.

      • Orangepascal

        haha, we might actually now rename him to “cyber Fonz” ! ;)