Boy and His Blob
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
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.
13: Top Secret Episode
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.
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.