Mario Multiverse is an endless runner game developed by indie game studio, Tappy Tap. The game features characters from the Mario franchise and was released on App Store on November 16, 2015. Back then, the release of such a game in the genre of endless runners came as a surprise to many, especially since the definitive version of this genre had just been launched with Super Mario Run. So how did this happen? Well, let us take you through some of the interesting details about this game.
Mario Multiverse Initial Development
The Mario Multiverse concept was first thought of by the developer as early as 2014. The development team started working on the game six months later. At this point, the development process of the game continued for two years, during which the team developed a complete prototype for the game. The basic idea of Mario Multiverse was to create an endless runner game in the form of which the player can explore the entire Mario universe. Mario Multiverse tries to incorporate all the characters from the Mario universe, from the classic to the latest ones. The game has a total of 36 levels, which are inspired by various Mario games. The team even went as far as to imitate the soundtracks of several Mario games.
Can Change How the Levels are Played to Change Gameplay
The Mario Multiverse levels are static and pre-determined. However, the player can change the gameplay using various power-ups and the characters. The game provides a total of 36 different power-ups, with each having a different impact on gameplay. Some of the power-ups include Super Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad. The gameplay of the game changes depending on which character and power-up the player uses to play the level. The combination of these two factors changes the gameplay of the level. For example, if the player uses the Super Mario power-up and then jumps on a Shy Guy, the Shy Guy will become Super Mario and chase the player. This can be used to change the gameplay of the level.
It is a Free-to-Play Game
The game is completely free to play. No in-app purchases are present in the game. It is a freemium game. If a user prefers to complete the entire game without buying any in-game coins, he can use his/her/their own time to complete the levels. The coins are not required to complete the game. However, if a user wants to continue playing the game, he/she/they can purchase coins using real money. There are different packages available to choose from, with the first package costing $0.99 and the last package costing $19.99. The more expensive the package, the more coins the user will get.
Super Mario Run Released Prior to Mario Multiverse
Super Mario Run was released on December 15, 2016. Two years before this, the development team of Mario Multiverse had launched the game on App Store. However, due to some technical issues, the release of the game got delayed. When the game was finally launched, it featured classic Mario characters. It was a one-time purchase game in which the user could play it for a limited period of time. After this period, the user would have to purchase the game again. Super Mario Run was released as a sequel to Super Mario Run. The game has all the gameplay of the original game, but with the difference that the user can use his/her finger for running and the character can jump higher now.
Development of Super Mario Run Continues During and After Mario Multiverse Release
The game development of Super Mario Run continued during and after the development of Mario Multiverse. While the team was developing Mario Multiverse, they were working on Super Mario Run. The game was released in 2016 and received positive reviews from the users. Since then, the game has started receiving regular updates, with the latest one being released in October 2018. After the release of Mario Multiverse, the team started receiving requests from users to bring back the original Super Mario Run. The team then created the game as soon as possible and launched it on App Store. The game received positive reviews from the users and continues to receive updates even now. Moreover, the team is working on an iOS version of Super Mario Run, which will be released soon.
Key Features of Super Mario Run and Differences From Mario Multiverse
Super Mario Run is an endless runner game, which is an offshoot of the classical platform games. As the name suggests, the primary objective of the game is to run and collect coins. The game contains six different worlds, which are inspired by different Mario games. The gameplay of the game changes in each world depending on the level. The team has tried to incorporate all the gameplay elements from the original Mario games in Super Mario Run. The main objective in the game is to collect coins, jump over platforms and go through challenging levels to complete the game. The game also includes power-ups like Super Mario, Mini Mario and the Poison Mushroom, which can be used to change the gameplay of the levels. Additionally, the user can also change the soundtrack of the game using an in-app purchase.
Future Updates for Super Mario Run and Future Updates for Mario Multiverse
The development team of Super Mario Run has started receiving requests from users to bring back the original Mario Multiverse game. The team has replied to these requests and is working on making the original game available on App Store. The team has stated that they will be bringing back the original game using the same game engine. Apart from the game engine, the team is also working on developing new features for the game. The features include new worlds and characters, power-ups and more levels. The team wants to make the game more interactive and interesting. The team has stated that they will be providing regular updates to the game to make it more interactive and interesting. The game will also have in-game advertisements, which can be removed by paying an in-app purchase.