What is a Game Boy Game? – D’arcy Briggs

Battle Unit Zeoth is an absolute unit (see what I did there?) of a Game Boy game. It has that late 80s/90s anime mecha aesthetic with music that just pumps you up for some shooting goodness. The controls took a little bit of time to get used to as you shoot in the direction you’re facing, rather than one static direction. The bosses have some awesome designs and the power-up system is simple and easy to manage.

All in all, I would describe Battle Unit Zeoth as sort of being representative of *a* Game Boy game. Even though I never had the game as a kid, playing through its levels (well, with the help from cheat codes, it’s not the easiest game for many) really brought me back to a time when no TV remote battery compartment was safe, when I’d stay up past my bedtime just to try the level one more time, and waiting to see a map or tip section listed in the latest issue of Nintendo Power. I think the Japanese mechanical designs have something to do with this, and same with the sense of completeness with the game. It’s a tough one, but I never felt like anything was missing. It has cut scenes, a really good introductory level, and just feels like a complete package delivered on a tiny cart.

D’Arcy is an educator and gamer from BC, Canada. He’s been gaming his entire life and enjoys both new and retro games. His consoles of choice are Game Boy, PS3, and Switch.You can follow his gaming online @darcyska_gaming