One of the reasons why a lot of people are still attached to their Wii U consoles is because of Super Mario Maker. Of course, now we have Super Mario Maker 2 for the Switch and even some new DLC for it, but until June of 2019, owning a Wii U—one of the most unpopular consoles of the past decade—was the only way to create your own Super Mario stages and be part of the amazing community speedrunning these levels and/or creating playable nightmares in true Nintendo fashion.
That being said, what if you don’t have access to a Nintendo console? What if you’re more of a mobile gamer, or you’re only interested in PC games? Well, then let us introduce you to Levelhead, a platformer maker that may not have the appeal of the most famous gaming franchise in the world, but it’s indeed available for other platforms than the Nintendo Switch.
Say Hi to GR-18, Your New Mechanical Friend
GR-18 is the main character of Levelhead, a prototype robot you need to train in order to complete a series of deliveries for the Bureau of Shippings. But hey, the story—although funny and not bad at all—is not important here. What you need to know is that Levelhead offers you a huge campaign full of challenging levels, time trials, and a level maker full resources to tease your creative mind.
One of the things we enjoy the most when playing Levelhead is how beautiful and funny it all looks. It definitely has a spirit, and that’s something we really have to mention when dealing with a game that a lot of people inevitably will be calling a clone. While Mario Maker is all about nostalgia and all the advantages of being the most successful franchise ever, Levelhead is about self-awareness; after all, you really need to do your best just to be able to compete, but at the same time, trying so hard could be a double-edged sword.
As vibrant as it is, this game looks good but also plays incredibly well. Thet’s the key to keeping you hooked for almost 100 levels, and motivated enough to be creating and sharing your own inventions.
Multiplayer is Included, but Imagination and Quick Reflexes Are Sold Separately
Does Mario Maker have a multiplayer mode? Well, guess what, Levelhead features one for up to 4 people! You can play with someone else if you feel like you can’t finish a level on your own, or you could be designing a full level with multiplayer mechanics and puzzles in mind from the very first moment. As fun as it may sound, creating a new stage, is easier said than done, and it all ultimately depends on both your imagination and patience.
On the other hand, you can completely ignore the campaign and just stick to playing these levels created by the community. In fact, you don’t even need to create something if you’re too busy playing other people’s creations. Some of these are easy, sometimes easier than the ones you could encounter in the main campaign; however, be prepared for other, more challenging levels! People love to torture you and make you feel like you know nothing about platforming! Again, patience will be the key, along with quick reflexes and a lot of time to spare.
We put over 200 hours on it already, so believe us when we say Levelhead is here to stay. The gameplay is really good, the characters and story are so enjoyable, and there are hundreds of levels for you to play regardless of you being a platforming veteran or a casual.
If you wanna give it a go, Levelhead is avaiable for PC (via Steam), Android devices, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.