This year, Atari will release the retro-pop hit Mr. Run and Jump
Hurry and bound
Mr. Run and Jump, an upcoming platformer by Atari, is being demonstrated. The game will be released this year for PC and consoles.
According to legend, Graphite Lab, an often-encountered Atari partner, is where Mr. Run and Jump first saw the light of day as a homebrew project for the Atari 2600. The publishing house loved what they saw, so they asked for an updated version. It looks like a fast-paced, neon-colored platformer where you can die and try again. That is to say, the name pretty much sums everything up! There appears to be some vigorous running and jumping occurring. There could be hopping, but definitely not bopping. The effects of a boop appear to be lethal.
I have to admit that I’m more curious about the original home-made version. That’s not meant as an insult to Mr. Run and Jump; I just find the limitations of an older system more interesting than the freedom of a current computer when it comes to creating 2D platformers. Even though games like Celeste and Super Meat Boy are considered classics in the die-and-retry genre, it’s not one that I particularly enjoy. Nope, not my style.
However, I really like the aesthetic choices made here. The neon visuals are consistent with the direction Atari has been taking as of late, which is an updated re-imagining of what early consoles were capable of. It appears to be in the same style as Kombinera, another game developed by Graphite Labs. Although I never got around to playing it, it earned rave reviews.
A release for Mr. Run and Jump for PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the current Atari VCS is planned for this year.