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A Boy and His Blob

Witness, in this title, perhaps the most absurd video game plot ever. You play a boy who has befriended a refugee in the form of a small white piece of cellulite, from a far-away planet where the cruel emperor (who's allergic to vitamins) forces the subjects to eat nothing but candy. Although the gameplay is passably similar to several spelunking games (the game was designed by Pitfall's David Crane), it really is quite odd nonetheless; feed different flavored jellybeans to your blob in order to transform him into various useful objects. Of course, once you've obtained enough treasure in your romp through subterranean locales, you purchase a Vita-Blaster, transform the blob into a rocket, and fly to his home planet of Blobonia. Then things really get weird. 


Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode

Though it certainly won't win any awards for graphical excellence, Golgo 13 broke new ground, in a way, with its collection of mini-games based around the theme of espionage and assassination. Imagine those of us used to playing, say, a typical platformer where the action is fairly repetitive throughout. Now we step into the world of Golgo 13, where we're playing a side-scrolling action game with a built-in sniper mode. Then further on in the game, you meet up with an ally (who treats you to a story-enhancing cut-scene) and jump right into the cockpit of a helicopter shooter. All of this culminates in a final destination with your targeting scope as you shoot someone off of a building - while still piloting the helicopter. All in a day's work for the Duke. 


Have you played with your robot today? Gyromite was one of Nintendo's flagship titles during the launch of the NES. Weird and often frustrating, Gyromite forces you to cooperate with your Robotic Operating Buddy to save Professor Hector from the evil baddies that have taken over his lab. The idea is to command R.O.B. to spin up the gyros and place them on a mechanism plugged into the second controller port, thus pressing the controller's buttons and moving onscreen walls into and out of the professor's way. Meanwhile, you're controlling the good doctor as he collects all the dynamite in each level. Although cool and gimmicky, most people gave up on Gyromite after realizing they can just press the second controller's buttons themselves without having to deal with ol' wobbly R.O.B. and his flying gyros. So much for progress.

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My Two Cents:
"Golgo 13 not making an NES all-time greats list is like ripping the Noble Peace Prize out of Gandhi’s cold, dead hands. For years, Golgo 13 has been the foster father that was never there for the youth of the late 80’s. It taught us that being Japanese, smoking, having a stone cold unflinching stare and hooking up with chicks made you a manly man. I personally followed these four rules, minus being Japanese of course, all throughout my young life. It is definitely safe to say that by following the artificial parental guidance Duke Togo provided, I'm better off now than those pansies that voted for a “Boy and his Blob."

Stephen Kleckner 
Previews Editor

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