I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game (IWBTG) is a 2D platform indie freeware video game. First released in October 2007 by Kayin (Michael O’Reilly).

It is best known for its unusually difficult platforming elements, unorthodox level design and utilizing sound effects, characters and music from many other games.

Like many traditional games that ‘I Wanna Be the Guy’ parodies, the game’s plot is straightforward and does not heavily impact gameplay. The player controls ‘The Kid,’ who is on a mission to become ‘The Guy.’ The entirety of the plot is given in a message during the opening credits, a parody of bad Japanese translations and broken English in early Nintendo Entertainment System games.

IWBTG is made up of several stages split into many screens, which are mostly pastiches of Nintendo Entertainment System games, such as Tetris, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Mega Man and Metroid. At the end of each stage, a boss must be defeated to progress. The first bosses are Mike Tyson, Mecha Birdo, Dracula, Kraidgief (a parody of palette-hacked character glitches), Mother Brain, Bowser, Wart, and Dr. Wily.

The final boss, The Guy, who is The Kid’s father, is based on a boss from Contra III: The Alien Wars. The game parodies many 8-bit and 16-bit era video games, such as the frequent use of references and sound effects from the Super Nintendo game Mario Paint.

IWBTG is most famous for its difficulty. Most of the landscape is engineered specifically to kill the player. Alongside a traditional range of recognizable dangers, such as spikes and pits, there are many less obvious threats as well, most of which are all but impossible to avoid without either previous knowledge or trial and error. ‘The Kid’ always dies with a single hit, at which point he explodes into a mass of blood.

The game has four difficulty settings: ‘Medium,’ ‘Hard,’ ‘Very Hard’ and ‘Impossible.’ The difference between difficulty settings is the number of save points available throughout the game. While playing on Medium mode, ‘The Kid’s’ hair has a pink bow in it, and any save points exclusive to Medium difficulty are labeled ‘WUSS’ instead of ‘SAVE.’

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