Review: Q Bert Reloaded


One of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful arcade games of the 1980s is back in its Classic pixel-perfect 2D form, and a re-imagined Reboot version with state of the art 3D game-play and graphics that remain faithful to the original concept.



  • Two game modes, Play classic Q Bert from the 80s or play the newer updated Q Bert. So graphics can be classic pixel ones and smooth modern graphics
  • Play classic Q Bert with an authentic arcade cabinet and a classic tutorial screen that we all know and love. In the game, the classic mode has artwork all down the sides of the screen to replicate the cabinet again.
  • Remastered Q Bert has a world map to select levels with each dot on the map housing 3 sub levels.
  • Collect gems and unlock new playable characters from the Q Bert universe. Only available in the new modern game type.
  • Each level in modern has three objectives, Each completed objective gives you a star. Collect stars to unlock new levels.
  • Full controller support and the mouse works really well.
  • Modern version offers up bonus levels where you have x amount of time to collect as many gems as possible.
  • Has Steam achievements and trading cards.
  • Small file size.
  • Cheap price considering you, in essence, get two full games.
  • Really fun to play and does an excellent job of bringing new players in whilst keeping the authenticity and difficulty for us older gamers.
  • Classic music is present with all the beep boops sound effects. Modern version brings a remixed soundtrack that sounds fresh and fitting.
  • Re bindable keys
  • Graphics options are minimal but sufficient with you picking an option from simple to fastest settings.
  • So many levels to unlock and play with an ever-increasing difficulty chucked in, The modern version will keep you busy for hours.



  • Default controls for the pad are atrocious, Inverted movement and accept cancel buttons all over the place. Yes, you can change them but not everyone will want to go through the list of presets and change them as there is a lot of them. Each game has its own config and its a daunting list.
  • Few issues with the pad where you will get input lag.
  • Had a few minor glitches where I would spawn off the level and get game over.


In Summary, It is Q Bert! But not as we know it gamer. What is scary and by scary I mean makes you feel old, is there is a generation out there that has no idea what Q Bert is and how it shaped the games industry. Luckily they can get this game and play with all their fancy graphics, stereo sound effects and get collectibles and unlockables and keep it safe. Us older and wiser gamers can hide away on the classic version and try our best to get the new players to at least try it. The difficulty remains the same, the sounds are the same so for that reason, Q Bert is still very much alive! Another game that you makes you realize just how much you missed it and playing it brings all the memories, all the arcade smells of sweat, sweets and Tab Clear. Lovely game and well done to the devs…Now bring us more! You have opened the door now keep the goodies coming!


Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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