Starting in 1997, many kids in computer class spent time avoiding schoolwork and playing the Elasto Mania games. Elasto Mania, now a cult classic, is having a resurgence. The Elasto Mania Team is announcing today that it will be remastering and rereleasing Elasto Mania in 2021. The physics-based 2D motorbike puzzle game won't just be coming to PC, though. It'll also be coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and last-generation consoles.
For those unfamiliar, the Elasto Mania franchise began in 1997 with the release of the game Action SuperCross. The PC game tasked players with controlling a physics-enabled motorbike and having its driver overcome basic 2D obstacles, collect apples, and then deliver them to the flower. The only problem being that if the biker hit their head on the ground, the level would be reset. The popularity of the game resulted in the follow-up title Elasto Mania in 2000, followed by a sequel over a decade later in 2014.
The success of Elasto Mania 2 on mobile in 2014 led to a PC release in 2017. That, in turn, led to Elasto Mania being rereleased on PC in 2020. A remastered version of Elasto Mania in 2021 that will be released on both PC and consoles is the sensible trajectory for the series. But, again, who could have predicted this happening all the way back in 1997?
All that Elasto Mania Team was willing to share about its plans is that the remastered version of the game will feature "never-before-seen higher fidelity assets" as well as "som more goodies." The graphics in Elasto Mania have never mattered, but it'll be fun to see what's planned for the game, regardless.
Goofy physics in video games is often seen as a bad thing, but it's also hilarious. It is prime comedy, and a lot of gamers like to make videos just to show off a mammoth suddenly flying in the air after being hit by a sword (thanks Skyrim). A lot of gamers actually have found these physics-bugs enjoyable for laughter's sake, which is why there are also games that have bad physics on purpose.
These games turn the human body into jello, animals to ragdolls, and can make the weight and movement of items have no sense anymore. If you are playing to "win," then you are playing wrong. It is purely fun, and a lot of these games are either insanely difficult due to the physics, or are sandbox games with no plot.
The goal of this game is to deliver packages, and to do with with very difficult to manage ragdoll physics. It has local and online multiplayer for people to use the power of teamwork if desired. Taking a break from delivery and playing around is expected, just to explore the ridiculous physics.
All this is known from just watching videos about this game. It doesn't come out uni 2021, which is why it cannot be fairly ranked yet. However, it obviously deserved a spot on this list. However, the beta is available to play on Steam.
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