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Developed by Genki (of Daytona 2001 and Shutokou fame) and published by Crave, Super Magnetic Neo (or Super Magnetic NiuNiu in Japan) is a 3D platformer that features some rather excellent visuals and a a unique retro-futuristic aesthetic that is up there with that seen in Space Channel 5. You play as the titular Neo (or NiuNiu), a robot with a magnetic head and the tightest trousers in the known galaxy. The story is pretty off the wall and sees you traversing a multitude of themed worlds trying to rid them of the mechanical monsters let loose by the 'evil' Pinki gang - an band of outlaws commanded by a two year old baby in a rabbit costume. Yes this game is a total mind fuck, but this is the best bit about Super Magnetic Neo: it looks like a ridiculous kids' game, but in actual fact it is a highly addictive and extremely clever lesson in how inertia and magnetic polarities work. Oh, and it's joypad-throwingly difficult.