maria1Most Kickstarter games out there are trying to emulate the feel and gameplay of a classic title. It’s not our fault, as a gaming culture, that we were given an excellent foundation to build on, after all. Unfortunately, too many games forget that we see what they did there and deny any connection to clear and obvious inspiration. When developers do that, people accuse them of stealing, but when developers own up to their obvious inspirations, it’s kinda awesome. María, a 2D platformer that was fully funded in March of this year, falls into the latter category. María is pronounced the way someone from New Jersey pronounces Mario, and this kind of self-referential awareness really drives home the point that this game is trying to make. Yeah, it’s like Mario. It’s a 2D platformer. But it’s also awesome.

Well, this aptly named title is now available for all of you to buy! If you have an iOS-based mobile device (including iPad), all you have to do is search María 2D in your App Store and grab it! For those of you working with Android devices, no worries. There will be an Android version, it’s just a little longer down the road.

If animated gifs aren’t your thing then here’s the official launch trailer:


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Nathaniel Liles
Nathaniel Liles is a freelance writer, writing major, and indie musician based in Southern Indiana. While procrastinating or avoiding real-world responsibility, Nathaniel enjoys playing rhythm games, action RPGs, and very colorful games with many bright, flashing lights. You can listen to Nathaniel sing songs or download his music for free at
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