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Video Game / MacBat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap

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Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap is a 3D Retraux Platform Game by Siactro. It was released for PC through Steam on March 17, 2017, with a Nintendo Switch port in 2020. It's the sequel to a brief freeware game known as Kiwi 64.

The game follows Macbat, a sophisticated bat, and his short journeys through various lands... yeah, that's all there is to it.

Of course, the real reason this game exists is as a love letter to old late 90s-era Nintendo 64 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie, and it certainly reflects in its presentation, featuring a bunch of wacky characters, plenty of platforming, and even graphics reminiscent of games right off the N64.

Macbat would later appear as an unlockable secret character in Toree 3D, another game by Siactro.


This game contains examples of:

  • Bat Out of Hell: Averted with Macbat, as the game's title describes him as a "nice chap".
    • Subverted with his apparent mother, as she tries to be intimidating at first but then realizes who she's talking to and just asks why he doesn't visit more.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: One of the levels has Macbat exploring a haunted house.
  • Bookends: The game starts with the Melon King being defeated and letting out a Wilhelm scream. It ends with the Melon King being defeated and letting out a Wilhelm scream.
  • Embedded Precursor: In the Switch version, at least, you can unlock the original Kiwi 64 by getting the Kiwi Wings and reentering the Strangely Familiar Jungle.
  • Expy: Kiwi is one of Banjo in the original Kiwi 64.
  • Farside Island: One of the levels in the game is made up of these.
  • Forest of Perpetual Autumn: One of the levels features constantly-falling leaves.
  • Funny Octopus: The game features several octopi of varying colours.
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  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Macbat wears a monocle and a striped vest.
  • High-Class Glass: Macbat wears a monocle.
  • Mascot Racer: One of the levels is based on racing games like those in Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing.
  • Pirate Parrot: One of the NPCs Macbat encounters is a red parrot wearing a pirate hat.
  • Retraux: The game is basically a love letter to 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie.
  • Shout-Out: The above-mentioned Big Boo's Haunt level has a clip that looks like something from Nosferatu in it.
  • Stock Scream: Of the Wilhelm variety, used two different times.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: There's a kart-racing level in this Platform Game. It's Justified as being a break from all the adventuring.