I Wanna Be the Guy

Have you ever wanted to play a game that was fun yet so hard it made you want to rip your balls off and go to town on them with your Slap Chop? Well if you answered yes, then I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game is probably for you, you sick bastard. IWBTG, as its commonly called, is a 2d platformer that according to the developer  Michael “Kayin” O’Reilly’s website,  is a “sardonic loveletter to the halcyon days of early American videogaming“, and this couldn’t be a more spot on statement.

Mega Man 2 Inspired Indeed

    The graphics and gameplay, which will have you doing plenty of twitch jumping, shooting, and most of all, dying, are heavily inspired by many 8 and  16-bit games such as Mega Man 2, Metroid, and the Mario series. The plot, which is a homage to many NES classics, is sparse and to the point; your  “The Kid” and you want to be “The Guy”, so go kill the 8 bosses and make it happen. The music and sound effects, which are excellent, are taken straight from the classic games you all know and love and used to great effect.    

Just Like Metroid, Except Harder

    Now besides the great level design, graphics, and music comes what IWBTG is known, loved, and hated for: the difficulty. You will die in IWBTG. You will die in it a lot, and best of all, there is a nice little counter reminding you how many times you died. I completed the game on medium (the games equivalent of easy) in about 8 hours and died a few times. And when I say a few times I mean just a little over 8500 times. Good times, good times *sniffle*. Now most of these 8500 deaths didn’t come from lack of skills (well maybe) but more so from the level design. You might have learned in school that what goes up must come down. Well, if you were home schooled by IWBTG, then you would be calling BS on this statement. Fruit, spikes, and various other items do not abide by the laws of gravity. Be prepared to make it to the end of a level, all the while dodging upwards flying fruit, just to be sucker punched at the end by a falling moon. That’s right, I said a moon. No i’m not high. Regardless, you will probably get frustrated over these “screw overs” but in the end I found them funny and what helped give the game its own personality. In the end, IWBTG is one of those “you either love it or you hate it” type of games, which is a good thing… if you love that is.  

Be Prepared To See This Screen... A Lot

Now, for the best part. If you want to play this game, just head on over to http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/ and download it for absolutely free. That’s right, free, which for gamers and cheap bastards alike translates into “HELL YEAH!”.


I don’t like to give a game just one rating. This stems from the fact that not all people perceive the same thing the same way. For example, a racing game, as a whole, may deserve a 7/10,  yet for a racing fan or fan of the series, this same game would be a 9/10 in their book. So I like to consider all the options.
And, as always, a review is an opinion not a suggestion. Go out and try a game for yourself and form your own opinions. Who knows, you might like it.


  • Great throwback to the older days of gaming
  • Soundtrack and sound effects are extremely catchy and well done
  • Artwork and sprites are crisp and varied
  • Quirky sense of humor
  • Solid gameplay and platforming
  • Extremely hard
  • Hard
  • Really hard
  • Cheap Deaths



The average gamer will find this game fun, quirky, and visually pretty (for retro styled game) at first but will probably become very frustrated with the constant “cheap deaths” and sometimes hard puzzles.


  • Solid platforming and controls
  • Good test of skills
  • Great throwback to the NES and SNES era games through the visuals and audio
  • Unique, fun boss fights
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Fun
  • Challenging at times
  • Nintendo Hard



If you love 2D platformers or miss the old Nintendo then this is a game you should definitely check out. It will put your skills to the test and leave you feeling like a platforming god upon completion. Yes the games hard, but that’s how its supposed to be. And just incase you forgot, here is the link to the game again: http://kayin.pyoko.org/iwbtg/


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One Comment

  1. propane
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    good review of game. played it for 5 minutes and was fed up with it. not a game for the inpatient

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