Video games can be a strange universe, especially when you don’t know the right words that go along with a particular sub-genre. Chris
Barton and Joey Spiotto’s Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet is a charming, 32-page book which draws its creative function of explaining the ABCs of video games through colorful illustrations that have been inspired by games of the past and present.
Spiotto did a superb job capturing the artistic essence of which the art of games like Minecraft and Super Mario Brothers were drawn from. The alterations are pretty obvious: Spiotto’s version of Mario — a near doppleganger of 2008 Spelunky — appeared forcefully rendered and Bowser looked questioningly different, when the art from Minecraft was perfectly copied. Regardless, the book’s creative diversion could work for readers who can cast aside the variations that Spiotto interlaced between alphabets.
The book is specifically tailored for children who will give you a bewildered look after they hear the words Easter Egg or Boss fight passionately and repeatedly drummed by the player in front of them. In the first place, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet was marketed to young people who are exposed to video games but are impossibly innocent to understand the vocabulary games have been superimposed into recently.
And the book succeeded in telling a straightforward story without even using video games examples to connect the dots. After reading A to Z, I figured that Barton wrote the book the way he would teach his son how to build and fly a kite. He probably knew from the start that Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet will be picked up by parents raising children whom are drawn by the scent and of next-generation video games.
Interestingly, the book may be used as a reference by young people who — at an early stage — have decided they’d like a career in video games journalism or similar to that spectrum. Others could interpret that Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet is a colorful storybook that serves a three-second purpose of informing a player the right term for that familiar two-handed axe he picked up on the sword rack.
Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! is a well-parsed, wonderfully made piece video games literature for children. Parents should seriously consider getting one.