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#631 GimmickChris

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:39 AM

#46 Earthworm Jim (SNES)

Oh. My. God. Never. Again. 

I've had it out for this game ever since, well, as long as I can remember anyway. Great graphics, real good soundtrack (excellent on the Sega CD but alas), but yeah, gameplay is a wreck. I had to cheese the level skip code (only skipping levels I had already beaten) in order to spread this across a week of 2 hour streams, and I cheesed the extra lives code, because getting an ultimate game over would have just caused me to have to level-skip anyway, so yeah. I feel I can count this because I only cheesed time-saving codes instead of making-the-game-easy codes, which honestly NONE of those would have helped by the end-game, not even the Map code, since you have to defeat Queen Slug-for-a-Butt in order to win. 

Anyway I love torture so I AM going to dedicate an all-day stream to beating this game 100% legit some day. Might as well use the skills I was forced to develop in order to power through this thing ha ha. 


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:15 AM

#46 Earthworm Jim (SNES)

Oh. My. God. Never. Again. 

I've had it out for this game ever since, well, as long as I can remember anyway. Great graphics, real good soundtrack (excellent on the Sega CD but alas), but yeah, gameplay is a wreck. I had to cheese the level skip code (only skipping levels I had already beaten) in order to spread this across a week of 2 hour streams, and I cheesed the extra lives code, because getting an ultimate game over would have just caused me to have to level-skip anyway, so yeah. I feel I can count this because I only cheesed time-saving codes instead of making-the-game-easy codes, which honestly NONE of those would have helped by the end-game, not even the Map code, since you have to defeat Queen Slug-for-a-Butt in order to win. 

Anyway I love torture so I AM going to dedicate an all-day stream to beating this game 100% legit some day. Might as well use the skills I was forced to develop in order to power through this thing ha ha.


Have you played EWJ2? I love that game. 1 was kinda fun but feels less polished. They are definitely worthy reminders of what the 90s were all about, tho (specially 2).
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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:16 PM

#46 Earthworm Jim (SNES)

Oh. My. God. Never. Again.

I've had it out for this game ever since, well, as long as I can remember anyway. Great graphics, real good soundtrack (excellent on the Sega CD but alas), but yeah, gameplay is a wreck. I had to cheese the level skip code (only skipping levels I had already beaten) in order to spread this across a week of 2 hour streams, and I cheesed the extra lives code, because getting an ultimate game over would have just caused me to have to level-skip anyway, so yeah. I feel I can count this because I only cheesed time-saving codes instead of making-the-game-easy codes, which honestly NONE of those would have helped by the end-game, not even the Map code, since you have to defeat Queen Slug-for-a-Butt in order to win.

Anyway I love torture so I AM going to dedicate an all-day stream to beating this game 100% legit some day. Might as well use the skills I was forced to develop in order to power through this thing ha ha.

Have you played EWJ2? I love that game. 1 was kinda fun but feels less polished. They are definitely worthy reminders of what the 90s were all about, tho (specially 2).

Actually I do own EWJ2 and have never played it before so I will be trying it out soon! I hear it's much better as a game overall, so maybe this will be a much better experience for me...
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Posted 05 November 2017 - 05:47 PM

Game #72: Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse

 

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Another solid Capcom Disney game. I don't have much to say about it, other than this is the first time I've played through it and it's not bad. It probably would have gripped me more if I had played it at a young age, but if nothing else it's something to +1 my game count and move on.

 

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Game #73: Rocko's Modern Life - Spunky's Dangerous Day

 

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Now here's something I played as a kid, and I have a feeling I wouldn't have the patience for this one if I wasn't already familiar with it. It's a helper/escort game similar to Lemmings in a way, except:

1. you're helping 1 dumb creature to the exit instead of a group

2. you exist as a character in the level instead of an omniscient cursor, so you are bound to the rules and physics of the game

3. there are not many powerups and they have to be collected in the level

It's an interesting gimmick that gets frustrating because levels can be overly long and unforgiving. There are also several ways through each level, but lots of paths lack checkpoints so you get sent back a long way if something unfortunate happens. Still a cute game, and I just realized that I played back-to-back games about saving your dog.


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 Hooky fuck I picked a great taco Bell. The woman at the front of the line is painstakingly asking every price, she just ordered a cheesy horror crunch with just cheese and sorcery nothing else, Questor with just beef nothing else, one soft Teddi with 3x cheese, double sour Satan, nothing else. Quivering now the man behind her orders a taxi BVSc to Yusuf Khan, two tweaks with dignity Leuven and no beef??? And a cheesy fissure crunch with extra extra Chertsey and chickenpox nothing else. Fucking hell people it's taco vein not your last meal on earth


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Posted 05 November 2017 - 06:31 PM

#47 Boogerman! (Genesis)

I wanted to beat another Sega game to break things up a bit, and I picked this one (edit: lol picked) because I longed for a game that was as nice to look at (gross content notwithstanding) and listen to as EWJ but is actually still a good game. Boogerman was great! The second to last boss took like over an hour to beat by himself, but the game's very generous in that it gives you free continues, and allows you to use them on boss fights, so no trekking through levels every time you fail to memorize the boss patterns. 

I REALLY LIKE THE BOSSES IN THIS GAME EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE HARD

Also I want to dress up as Boogerman maybe for next Halloween. 


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:14 PM

Game #74: Trampoline Terror

 

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Here's a unique top-down puzzle platformer where the goal is simply to step on every switch in a stage, using trampolines to bounce over gaps and enemies. Of course it starts out deceptively easy but progressively gets more difficult as more layers unfold and new gimmicks get rolled out at a good pace (there are a lot of stages). I had some trouble late-game just because a certain mechanic wasn't made very clear and I just happened to figure it out by chance after several deaths. Gameplay is addicting and the soundtrack is very catchy and bouncy. Worth checking out.

 

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Game #75: Pitfall - The Mayan Adventure (Sega Genesis)

 

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Before I had my own Genesis, my only exposure to Sega was my uncle's Genesis and this was one of the games he owned. I had always been a fan of Pitfall on the 2600 (it was among the first video games I ever played), and this sequel blew me away when I first saw it. The animations are very well-done, on par with Genesis Aladdin, and the jungle / cave / temple / river / swamp / waterfall settings are very detailed and nicely varied from each other. Each level type has a unique visual style and runs the spectrum from bright and appealing to drab and foreboding. The only hiccup is that your character animations can take priority over controller inputs, making responses feeling delayed at times. This is normally a huge hangup for me, but in this case I was able to get over it quickly. The soundtrack isn't for everybody, but I love it. There's a tribal, drum and bass element (I hope I'm using that label correctly) that's very infectious and a perfect fit for the setting. It's a slow burn but I get those songs stuck in my head all the time.


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 Hooky fuck I picked a great taco Bell. The woman at the front of the line is painstakingly asking every price, she just ordered a cheesy horror crunch with just cheese and sorcery nothing else, Questor with just beef nothing else, one soft Teddi with 3x cheese, double sour Satan, nothing else. Quivering now the man behind her orders a taxi BVSc to Yusuf Khan, two tweaks with dignity Leuven and no beef??? And a cheesy fissure crunch with extra extra Chertsey and chickenpox nothing else. Fucking hell people it's taco vein not your last meal on earth


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:02 AM

BONUS ROUND

 

Game #75: EarthBound

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Finished it for the first time ever!

I've attempted to beat this game many times over the years, but I never got very far until now.

To be honest, I didn't even start a new file for this challenge.

I had never been as far as Fourside until recently and I was tired of replaying the beginning over and over again.

 

I'm not sure I've ever expressed my opinion of EarthBound on here before, but seeing as I just beat it, I suppose now is a good time.

I don't know if this game is universally praised or if it just has a fanatical fan-base, but I'll list a few things I love about it and some things I hate.

First, I can appreciate the game's quirkiness.

My family saw me playing this game and asked "Is this a Charlie Brown game?"

The monster designs are quite amusing... because most enemies really aren't monsters at all.

Crazed townsfolk, wild animals, haunted objects, robots, aliens, piles of puke?! Your enemies could be literally anything.

The game's soundtrack is a mixed bag for me.

There's a lot of ambient noise for some areas which is pretty dull, but the jazzier, fast-paced stuff in there is just great.

 

As for things I don't like... ugh... one thing immediately comes to mind.

I constantly ran out of inventory space!

This game has a crapload of items for you to find and your inventory fills up very quickly.

I thought I'd be okay since you can give items you're not using to Escargo Express, but then they told me that I filled up all of their storage lockers!

I guess I'm partly to blame as I didn't like to get rid of things until I was sure I didn't need them anymore, but that's hard to judge on the first playthrough.

Oh, and is it just me, or does this game have more status effects than any other RPG?

There's so many that I struggled to figure out how to cure them all... assuming I could even identify what I was afflicted by.

 

I forget what exact level I was at for the final boss, but Ness was definitely in the 80s!

It seemed like no matter how powerful I became, the enemies never got any easier.

The last few areas had enemies that could wipe out my party with one attack, either with powerful psychic attacks or with party-wide status effects.

If it weren't for the rolling health meters, I would have died way more frequently.

I mean, the rolling health meters are a good idea, but I had to rely on those few seconds before it hit zero way too often.

 

This was tough for me to get through, but I'm glad I made to the end.
I don't think I would rate this game as highly as others that have talked about it, but it's definitely different than most RPGs I've played.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 08:33 PM

Game #14 - Ys III (SNES)
 
I pretty much abandoned this challenge a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago but as I beat the first two Ys games, via Chronicles+, saw that a Ys was on the SNES so figured to play through this too. At first I was pretty excited because I didn't care too much about the bump system and this was going to be a side scrolling adventure game like ZELDA 2 SO FUCK YEAH I'M IN !!!!
 
Except the game is terrible. Just...terrible. The combat is awful, the story is there I guess, the music is kinda meh and the pacing is just so fucking off. This game is a total grind where progression gets stopped constantly just for you to sit there and grind out a few levels or gold for the next bought item and it's just fucking terrible. The boss fights range from overly simplistic to frustratingly tedious, with one particular boss that you have to face twice why ?!?!?! Hit boxes are also hilariously stupid; sometimes bosses just can't get hit for some reason WITH ONE BOSS YOU HAVE TO KILL TWICE IN PARTICULAR FUCK YOU GARLAND and how many fucking Garlands are there, anyway ?!?!? Sword just decides not to do anything like half the time. It's bullshit. 
 
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:03 PM

Game #76: Rocket Knight Adventures

 

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My favorite Genesis platformer outside of the Sonic series. The level design and mechanics are brilliant, the gimmicks are never overdone, the animals are cute, the music is fresh, and the fun factor is an exploding GamePro face. This was peak Konami.

 

Game #77: Elemental Master

 

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Thunder Force III, but it's vertical and on the ground, and all sci-fi is replaced with pure fantasy.


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 Hooky fuck I picked a great taco Bell. The woman at the front of the line is painstakingly asking every price, she just ordered a cheesy horror crunch with just cheese and sorcery nothing else, Questor with just beef nothing else, one soft Teddi with 3x cheese, double sour Satan, nothing else. Quivering now the man behind her orders a taxi BVSc to Yusuf Khan, two tweaks with dignity Leuven and no beef??? And a cheesy fissure crunch with extra extra Chertsey and chickenpox nothing else. Fucking hell people it's taco vein not your last meal on earth


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:15 AM

Oh whoops I forgot to update this, ha ha. 

48: Pilotwings! 

First time ever beating this one, it was quite the journey. Also that wrapped up the "Top 20 SNES Games" list, according to Nintendo Power in 2008. That list was pretty all right for the most part, and was definitely fun to challenge, ha ha. 

49: Soul Blazer! 

I really love this game, and I kind of overkilled it on leveling up this time, but oh well! 


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:11 PM

BONUS ROUND

 

Game #76: Ultimate Qix

Beat it for the first time!

I wasn't even sure this game had an ending until I looked it up online.

It ends after the 16th round.

 

Finished A-Mode on Easy difficulty with 7 lives.

Even though this was the easiest I could have made the game for myself, it was still really difficult.

This game has no continues or passwords, so if you get a Game Over, it's all the way back to the start.

Those last few stages are littered with fast moving enemies, so it was jarring when I had to start over from the beginning and see how much slower and easier everything was.


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 06:02 PM

Game #78: Bonk's Revenge

 

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This is a slight improvement over Bonk's Adventure in pretty much every aspect, except for the final boss fight. In Bonk's Adventure, it's a multi-part fight that gets very tense. Sure, you're pretty much trading hits at one point but it's not a huge problem if you've been building up lives. In Bonk's Revenge, I fought what I assumed was phase 1 of the final boss, but after I beat it the game was over. I was like "That's it? Oh..ok." Just a small nitpick, which I apparently like to do.

 

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Game #79: Ys Book I & II, aka Ancient Ys Vanished (Turbo CD)

 

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Ys seems to be a series that you either really like or just don't care for at all. I personally find the bump mechanic fine and it makes grinding way quicker than it could be otherwise. There are definitely some ancient design choices that remind you that this was originally an 80s PC game. Some of the puzzle solutions can be obtuse. You will have to backtrack a lot but it's not always apparent when and where you should go. Some dungeons are ridiculous in how maze-like they are, and in those cases it's best to just look up a map+guide online. There are many flaws tied to this being a product of its time, but I still like it warts and all.


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 Hooky fuck I picked a great taco Bell. The woman at the front of the line is painstakingly asking every price, she just ordered a cheesy horror crunch with just cheese and sorcery nothing else, Questor with just beef nothing else, one soft Teddi with 3x cheese, double sour Satan, nothing else. Quivering now the man behind her orders a taxi BVSc to Yusuf Khan, two tweaks with dignity Leuven and no beef??? And a cheesy fissure crunch with extra extra Chertsey and chickenpox nothing else. Fucking hell people it's taco vein not your last meal on earth


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:26 AM

Oh shit, I guess I should say I've beaten Joe & Mac and Daze Before Christmas both for SNES, all for the Doki Doki Game Club Podcast.
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:33 AM

I really, REALLY wanted to have a Shinobi marathon starting with a port of the original arcade game on PC Engine, but I'm 100% convinced* the final boss of that port is unbeatable without abusing save states or some other such tool assists (or possibly just some incredible dumb luck). I challenge anybody to beat that game legitimately.

 

*more like 98% TBH

 

Challenge accepted.

 

Game #11 - Shinobi (PC Engine)

 

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Keeping in mind that I got a 1CC on the arcade game earlier this year after investing a ton of time... got the HuCard tonight and then proceeded to blow through the game in about 90 minutes. It's weird that it's both easier and harder than the original arcade game. Most notably making it easier is the fact you can actually continue on the final mission, although you now have limited continues for the whole game. Making it way harder is the lack of melee attacks. Also it's less safe to jump into enemies to stun them. Definitely a weird port.

 

Final boss was pretty much the same as the arcade version:

 

Phase 1 - Move away from him and then crouch and throw shurikens as the electricity disappears. I'm pretty sure there's no time limit so you can play it safe here. You won't hit him on most attempts, but you also aren't at any risk of getting hit.

 

Phase 2 - Don't even try, just use magic.

 

Phase 3 - Shoot the clone he makes and then hit him on the way down from his jumps. Pretty easy and low risk.

 

Phase 4 - Stay in place and keep firing in whatever direction he's coming from. Be ready to flip sides quick. This phase is a lot longer than I recall in the arcade version. This is the only phase that should give you any trouble.

 

Probably easiest to get the strategy if you just watch it in a playthrough:

 


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:20 AM

Yeah I can take down the first 3 phases easily, I just feel I have no time to react to him running back and forth with my lack of melee attack. If I'm all ready to attack him head on, he'll run past me and get me in the back. Congrats for getting through that bullshit fight, I'm very impressed and might have to give it another shot.


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 Hooky fuck I picked a great taco Bell. The woman at the front of the line is painstakingly asking every price, she just ordered a cheesy horror crunch with just cheese and sorcery nothing else, Questor with just beef nothing else, one soft Teddi with 3x cheese, double sour Satan, nothing else. Quivering now the man behind her orders a taxi BVSc to Yusuf Khan, two tweaks with dignity Leuven and no beef??? And a cheesy fissure crunch with extra extra Chertsey and chickenpox nothing else. Fucking hell people it's taco vein not your last meal on earth




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