As 2011 draws to a close, it's clear that it has not exactly been a banner year for the Blue Bomber when it comes to video game releases. Some might even regard the year as a "Blue Hole" in that respect. However, Tony Ponce over at Destructoid has come upon a game which may help scratch that itch, at least the part craving some new levels and gameplay. Rokko Chan is a pretty blatant Mega Man clone, and doesn't try to hide it in the slightest:
[Indie developer] King does not disguise his wholesale copying of the Mega Man formula down to the tiniest dust mote. You have an ensemble of robot villains with "-Man" monikers, facsimiles of Mega Man stock enemies like Mets and Sniper Joes, an evil scientist with a skull motif, amazing chiptune music, disappearing blocks, E-Tanks, passwords, and even a list of achievements straight from Mega Man 9 and 10. Even the name of our star, Rokko Chan, sounds similar to how Mega Man's Japanese name is read (Rockman -> Rokku Man).
Destructoid goes on to note that the game is full-featured and still manages to add a few twists of its own, such as a tag-team boss battle, Super Castlevania IV-ish rotating rooms, and more. And the best part? It's free. Plus, for the experts, there is even an optional one-hit mode.
The only issue is that you'll want to have a controller for your computer handy, with joy2key to help you play. That is, unless you want to test your mettle with the keyboard.
Check out Destructoid for more screens and images from the game.
Update: We've received a tip from John Polson that the game has moved to another server, which you can find here. Thanks, John!